By Irene Styger
Today was the final day of Design Indaba 2015. There were some people that I loved, and others that I loved less. I’ve given y’all links so you can make up your own mind.
Formafantasma is an Italian design duo, namely Andrea and Simone, who discovered their shared interest in product design when studying at Design Academy Eindhoven. They graduated in 2009 and already have permanent exhibits in some of the world’s most prestigious museums. Find out more about their super-cerebral stuff here www.formafantasma.com. I particularly like the ‘Still’ collection.
Casey Neistat is the guy that made Nike’s Make it Count video. If you haven’t seen it, tut-tut, shame on you. Here’s the link, www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxfZkMm3wcg – watch it now. He’s a filmmaker, a free spirit and the kind of guy that walks around on stage in his socks. Neistat dropped out of school in the 10th grade andattributes his unbelievable success to not having a clue about what he was doing when he first started doing it. In his words, “When you’ve never been taught the right way to do something, you’re forced to forge your own path.” He called this “the virtue of ignorance”.
Check out other crazy videos here www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat.
Kenyan-born Ng’endo Mukii is a documentary animator. In her film Yellow Fever, she looks at how the Western idea of beauty has affected African girls and women. See more here nmukii.wix.com/art02
Sindiso Khumalo is homegrown talent. She originally studied architecture, and then went to work in London. She remembered how, during this time, she’d be more excited about getting dressed for work than she was going to it, so she decided to leave a promising career behind – the thing that she was trained to do – and put her heart into fashion and
Let me just say that Yoni Bloch was frikken’ amazing. His dad was a physicist and found her folding the laundry down in the basement. Without looking up she asked how his day had been. He told her he’d lost his job. She stopped, looked at him, shrugged her shoulders and nonchalantly said, “Eh, something’ll come up” then got back to the job at hand. That day she gave him something that he couldn’t give himself: permission to fail. That was the start of Wieden andKennedy. Have a look at some of their breathtaking work: http://www.wk.com/work
William Kentridge was… interesting. He spent most of his time – which was about an hour – giving a lecture on sparrows, mangoes and a Chinese revolution. Then a bunch of musicians and
About Irene Styger
Irene is a Creative Group Head at Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg and has worked on iconic brands including Cadbury, KFC, DStv and Coca-Cola.