City’s design fest may show future

2015-08-18 06:00

The city-wide Open Design Festival runs until 23 August. Most events are free.

The city-wide Open Design Festival runs until 23 August. Most events are free.

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This year’s Open Design Festival promises to bring design and innovation to life in the city.

Themed “Design is for tomorrow”, the third annual festival is a city-wide event of talks, workshops, tours and interactive experiences that explore how design and innovation can be used to add value to daily lives and create a more sustainable future.

With venues across Cape Town, and event hubs at City Hall and the Vandamp;A Waterfront, the 12-day festival ends on 23 August.

The programme has more than 100 events, most of which are free. Key events are:

. The first-ever Maker Faire and related conference, which will bring leaders in the maker movement as well as large organisations such as Microsoft and DigitalGlobe together for discussions

. The Design for Tomorrow showcase and exhibition in collaboration with Index

. The designing careers programme, which explores the values and impact of design as a viable career option for high school pupils

. TEDx Cape Town

. Pecha Kucha

. The Talk100 series, with international and local experts on design and innovation in health, technology, “urban hacktivism”, social development, education and other vital challenges that impact our future.

Through Open Design, the genius of innovative social design, service design, universal design and sustainable design has gained a firm place on the calendar of international design weeks.

Y Tsai, Open Design creative director, says of the rationale behind the futuristic theme: “Design is no longer the exclusive domain of the privileged elite. It touches every part of life, addressing basic human needs in multiple applications across every sector that makes up our social fabric. It has been used to transform health care, business, transport, urban development, agriculture, education, housing, technology, music, public spaces, communication and technology, among others.This approach, called human-centred design, is gaining a global focus for competitive business and socio-economic development.

“Under this year’s theme, the festival will explore the many ways we can use design and innovation today to secure a better future for tomorrow’s generation. This year’s programme gives us a chance to reflect on what we want our future world to look like. We’re giving our visitors and collaborators a moment to come together to co-create that vision,” he adds.

The festival is a showcase of how human-centred design can improve living conditions, build human capital and drive job creation.

Open Design is open to everyone, whether they are new to design or already see design as critical to envision our future world.

Register for each event on the website or on Quicket to book seats, as numbers are limited.

Open Design Cape Town is a project of the Cape Town Design Network, in partnership with the City of Cape Town and the Vandamp;A Waterfront.

It is led by a steering committee and inspired designers, communicators, educators and entrepreneurs who believe in the potential of transformative and open design to positively impact on our society, our economy and our cultural environment.

For more information and a full festival programme visit or and the Opendesignct page on Facebook or follow @opendesignct on Twitter or @opendesignct on Instagram. Recommended hashtags are #Design4Tomorrow and #OpenDesignCT.

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