After a compelling day 1 at Design Indaba, Day 2 featured speakers mostly from South Africa working in architecture to product design and other speakers in visual interaction & film. Here’s a summary of the day through photography.

Heinrich Wolff  a South African architect and urban planner whose work has improved the lives of people, showed his design process and thinking through his sketches and his seriousness in being engaged with social change. Wolff mentioned,  “I’m interested in participating and contributing to social change in our country.” He pushes equality in architecture for all its citizens instead of bringing separation in different classes by segregating through space.

(image via Noero Wolff Architects)

One remarkable project he worked on was Inkwenkwezi Secondary School in Western Cape. School’s can have better outcomes and by listening and researching this schools needs, he designed a hall that could be used a rental space, hence earn money. Through well thought out architecture, the school pass rate improved from 40% to 80%.

Interaction designers Hellicar & Lewis a duo from London, were inspiration in their presentation. Quite fond of the open source model, they urged designers to tell the truth & create honest projects, fail harder and make experiences that make lasting memories.

(image via somantics flickr gallery)

They showcased selected projects and among those, Somantics a touch & guesture app that amplifies the interestes of autistic children. Designers are silent revolutionaries quoted by @khayadlanga via twitter. Hellicar & Lewis were quite demonstrative of that through their ever evolving projects.

Former advertising creative Porky Hefer  moved away from advertising after 16 yrs because too many ideas were thrown away by dictating clients. Now a conceptual product designer, he has built weavers nests for bird watchers and birds, to innovative lamp shades made of wood.

(image via 10and5)

He is best known for an alternative, re-imagined advertising project for Coca-cola which used abandoned Coke crates stacked together to create lego like beverage giants. You can see these in Joburg and at the V&A in Cape Town. Porky left us with us mantra “Stop working, Start Living.”

Film maker & script writer Akshat Verma showed an alternative side to narratives, story telling and impressive cinematography from his film projects. Verma whose lived in Dehli, India and California modernizes Bollywood in his work by adding contemporary influences and popculture to his work.  He urged designers not give people what they want or expect and it will change their perspective. He also talked about acquired tastes and getting varied influences in our work.

Delhi Belly was among the delightful and humorous projects he got to showcase. Watch the trailer here.

Other speakers included, Greg Gamble and Philippe van der Merwe who make up  Tonic, interior & product designers, Tsai an architect & designer whose work has helped change communities in South Africa. United Visual Artists team members : Ash Nehru, Chris Bird and Matt Clark, also chatted about their work in visual performance that started with doing a live performance with the band Massive Attack. The last two speakers of the day Piet Hein Eek, sustainable furniture designer and Mathieu Lehanneur spacial product designer also talked about their projects.

The extended lunch was a great time to catch a sneak peak to the Expo which exhibited lovely crafts and lots new exciting work from emerging artists.

David Savage Showcasing iBhadi “Butterfly” Bench at the expo.

Day 2 ended with a music & DJ showcase in Cape Town’s City Hall. A lovely building with much character, transformed to a live venue for music. Performances from  Floyd Lavine, Felix Laband, Mr Sakitumi & The Grrrl, Tumi and The VolumeC.9ineTommy Gun, Digital Rockit and Lady M.

Jozi hip-hop act Tumi & the Volume

Deep house act C.9ine

Indie DJ Tommy Gun

(Photography by Barbara Muriungi unless otherwise stated. Images of projects via the speakers websites.)

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