Design Indaba videos: what can your creativity do?

Design Indaba 09: in the final movie in this series from the Design Indaba conference and expo in Cape Town last month, designers including Bruce Mau (above), Barber Osgerby and Frank Tjepkema talk about creativity.

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Design Indaba 2009: What can your creativity do?

The ninth installment in the Design Indaba film series features a selection of speakers discussing the power of creativity. These include Noreen Morioka, Rick Valicenti, Bruce Mau, Jay Osgerby, Edward Barber, Revital Cohen, Arno Mathies, Jon Stam, David Boira, Frank Tjepkema and the 5.5 designers.


“What can your creativity do?” asked this year’s Design Indaba Conference, which ran from 25 to 27 February 2009 in Cape Town. Above: Edward Barber.


It has been proven time and time again: ordinary Africans have an innate creativity and ingenuity. Consider South African Colin Vale who developed a paraffin stove that extinguishes itself when bumped over, reducing the chance of shack fires. Or Malawian William Kamkwamba who created a wind turbine from scrap and bicycle parts to light up his house at night. Not to mention Azemeraw Zeleke from Ethiopia, who transforms bombshells into coffee machines. Above: Jay Osgerby


Hoping to spur delegates into action, the 2009 edition boasted a line-up of more than 30 world leaders in the graphic, product, new media, architecture, fashion and advertising design arenas. Above: Rick Valicenti


These included 5.5 Designers, AdamsMorioka, Ferran Adrià, Marian Bantjes, BarberOsgerby, Stephen Burks, Commonwealth, Dunne&Raby, Li Edelkoort, Dai Fujiwara, Keith Helfet, Jannes Hendrikz, Luyanda Mpahlwa, Javier Mariscal, Bruce Mau, Keith Rose, Roger Smythe, Dwayne Spradlin, Frank Tjepkema, Nobumichi Tosa, Patricia Urquiola, Rick Valicenti, W+K Delhi, Marcel Wanders and Craig Wessels. Above: Jon Stam

As well as the graduate programme, which included Jon Stam from Design Academy Eindhoven, Sandhya Lalloo from the University of Johannesburg, Revital Cohen from the Royal College of Art in London, Arno Mathies from ECAL Lausanne in Switzerland, Barbara Cilliers from the University of Pretoria and Lauren Mackler from Rhode Island School of Design in the US.