Design Indaba 09 ||Day3|| Marian Bantjes

The last day of the Design Indaba started with Marian Bantjes who proceeded to make me most uncomfortable.  She held out a vision of how life could be that I found deeply disturbing.


Work which is synonymous with love.  Drawing and writing, ornament and pattern.  And the promise that these are within reach if only one is willing to risk it all. More

Design Indaba 09 || Day 1 || Dunne and Raby

Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby from the  Royal College of Art in London were two of my favourite speakers at the Indaba.  Partly, I must admit, because I enjoyed drawing Fiona.  She is so deliciously caricaturable:


Before her talk, she came tripping past the P Q at the women’s loos, chirping – “I’m on next – I’m a presenter – sorry!” and vanished into a cubicle.   I could not wait to draw her. More

Design Indaba 09 || Day 1|| Rick Valicenti

The second speaker on the first day of the Design Indaba was Rick Valicenti.


Here he is  on stage, taking a picture of the technician who was trying to help him get his presentation started.  Actually – it might have been better if that technician had failed.   Valicenti without the presentation was much more compelling than his performance with all the technology working. Which was ironic as his main theme was that of “real human presence”.


Design Indaba 09 || Day 1 || Adamsmorioka

I was lucky enough to be allowed to attend the 2009 Design Indaba – and here is the first in series of posts to share what I heard and saw.

Before I get to the Indaba itself – I must revel in the goodies that came with the conference bag:


I spent the rest of the conference filling that blank  book with notes and drawings. More