Next week Wednesday, the Cape Town inner city will be a hub of all kinds of creative fun & excitement with the launch of Open Design Cape Town 2014. Over 11 days (from 13 to 23 Aug), Capetonians are encouraged to join in on various talks, exhibitions, conferences, launches and more. Some of the programme highlights include:
- Talk 100: Various lunch time & evening talks featuring local & international speakers like Italy’s Prof Ezio Manzini (one of the most important thinkers in sustainable design today), New Zealand’s David Trubridge (well known furniture & lighting designer) and SA’s 16 year old web & iStyla app developer, Jacques Blom.
- World Robot Olympiad: Where teams of learners have to build robots and compete in various challenges. (they had me at robots!!)
- World Design Capital Projects: A showcase exhibition of various WDC projects. This one’s great, especially for those who feel like they’ve been a bit out of the loop with regards to what exactly our WDC title means…
- 50 Resistance Posters: The 1st public showing of a collection of posters designed at the Community Arts Project in the 70s and 80s. These posters were created by ordinary people to voice their protest against the apartheid regime.
- Design Your Thinking: A day-long programme on 16 Aug consisting of short talks from various speakers who will be looking at the “why” that triggers an idea.
- Playroom: An interactive space where learners can learn about design, both as a career and also part of everyday life. The Playroom will also showcase other design trends, architectural education & careers such as 3D printing & digital gaming. (3D printing, another one that really got my attention – such cool stuff coming out of that space)
- Open Design Movies: A curated mix of inspirational sound & visuals, short movies and clips that celebrate the value of design and the integration of design thinking to the man on the street.
- Open Design Cafe: A space where festival visitors can chill out, meet & greet, or use as an alternative workspace. Catering will be provided by TRUTH Coffee & Osumo (along with a few others) and WIFI will be available.
BUT if that all sounds a bit intimidating… and you’re thinking that you’re not a designer or anything like that, so this festival doesn’t really apply to you… think again. This year’s theme is Design is for change and their aim is to show how design can enable change in the most surprising & exciting ways, and how it really affects every single one of us on a daily basis. The idea is to get people thinking & talking about how design can improve lives for example, or how nature inspires and impacts design, or even what design means to just a regular person like your & me.
As the World Design Capital this year, they want us to change the way we think about design and therefore they’ve structured this year’s programme in a way that will appeal to everyone, from young learners to seasoned professionals and every person in between.
We got a little taste of things to come at the media launch last week, and I must be honest, this was the most fun I have had at a launch (quite possibly ever):I definitely left there feeling very inspired and excited about what the Mother City has to offer with regards to design. And now I want to encourage you guys to also get inspired by joining the festival when it kicks off on the 13th: Don’t miss out, even if you only make it to one event over the 11 days. There’s at least a few things there that will be of interest to you, I’m sure of it. Check out the full programme of events over here, diarise the items that look cool, and then tell all your friends about it too.
Hopefully I’ll see you guys there.