For it’s 51st issue, South Africa’s creative resource, the Design times, published an issue dedicated to the Design Indaba, which recently took place in Cape Town from Feb 28 to March 2.
“The annual Design Indaba expo is the country’s premier showcase of high-end design, exhibiting the homegrown wares of all creative sectors under one roof. This encompasses everything that Design times is about – celebrating unique design and showcasing local talent,” says Design times editor Mark Rosenberg.
“The publication was involved in the expo through our own stand, which was modelled around Designtimes, aimed at making visitors feel like they were walking through an issue of the publication.”
The Design Indaba issue cover featured the Pantone 2014 colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, designed and illustrated by Run Rabbit Run. Featured in the issues top stories were both local and international stories regarding innovative design, partnerships and designers.
One such story is that of designer Matt Delbridge. Born in Oakland, California, he studied graphic design at the California College of Arts and graduated in 2011. His first job was creating print and web materials for shows at the University of Oregan; now his clients include names like Google, Nike and Apple.
Also featured in the top stories is designer Mugi Yamamoto’s Stack Printer, which is placed on top of a stack of paper when printing. The innovative printer slowly moves down and swallows the pile, removing the bulkiest element of the printer – the paper tray.
Additionally, the issue features the interesting story about Jochen Zeitz, who is partnering with the V&A Waterfront to set out to create a R500-million Museum of Contemporary Art in Cape Town. The cultural institution will focus on collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art from Africa and surrounding areas.
Designtimes also featured Minsun Park, the designer behind the new LG G2 smartphone, which focuses on design as much as on the ground-breaking features of the device. The smartphone features its power and volume buttons on the rear, allowing users to control the device using only one finger, without having to look at the device.
Lastly, a piece was showcased on Patrick Grant, a modern icon in menswear design, who has partnered with Chivas Regal to release a limited edition Gift Pack. Each silhouette of the special tin features a different accessory in menswear, which speaks to men around the world.
“The Design Indaba Edition of Designtimes is one of our favourite issues yet, featuring interesting pieces on the sale of Han Solo’s blaster, our graduate showcase and other design news. We are excited by the fact that design is becoming more celebrated and recognised in South Africa and Africa, and encourage anyone with an interest or passion in design to pick up a copy of the publication,” concludes Rosenberg.