Middle March saw partners from a global management consulting firm, Bain & Company, visit the Design Institute to find out more about the Institute’s activities. Seventeen Bain & Company partners from 14 countries gathered in Johannesburg for partner training and an exploration of the South African business landscape.
The Roadless wheel system, brainchild of South African-born Ackeem Ngwenya, is a wheel that adapts to different terrain conditions typically found in rural areas like those in which he grew up in Malawi.
Today, Ngwenya is a product designer focussed on African development and founder of Roadless Ltd. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Jewellery Design at the University of Stellenbosch and went on to complete a master’s in innovation design engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London in 2014.
Three young designers with bright ideas based on indigenous knowledge have benefitted from design interventions by the Design Institute. The Institute has a vested interest in ensuring that it develops the capabilities of young people by coupling design, innovation and entrepreneurship and offering hand-on support.
The Moving Ideas Competition, a collaboration between Transnet and the SABS Design Institute, kicked off on 15 September and entries will close on 15 October. This initiative offers an opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses to bring their innovative new ideas to life – be it a product or a service. These ideas could result in business development support worth R400 000, terms and conditions apply.
With the theme Innovation Intelligence, takes place at the Cape Town Stadium from 26 to 29 August and the SABS Design Institute will again be part of the festivities. The summit is running competitions for inventors, entrepreneurs and companies and finalists will be presented at the summit’s new Market on the Edge from 27 – 29 August. There are R100 000 in cash prizes available for the winners
We are in May, worker's month in South Africa, when we celebrate and honour the workers that keep the wheels turning. In case you didn’t know, South African designers are working all over the globe creating some of the most celebrated and iconic motor vehicles.
Seems like nowadays every second person wants to be a designer or calls him- or herself a designer. Even people whose jobs have nothing to do with design are calling themselves designers. "Financial designers" is one I heard recently - ‘designing your financial future’ - say what?
Here is a great checklist, from Jacob Gube, the co-founder of Design Instruct, that will help guide you to see if you should even consider getting into the design field.
1. You see Design in everything
The way we work has shifted dramatically in the last decade, and designers are stepping up to the challenge. Pretoria based RAW studios has for example released their RAW OFFIS range to answer the design questions the new workplace is asking. The new collaborative, connected workplace requires thinking of how people and technology interact for the benefit of employer and employee.
In this video, Head of SABS Gavin Mageni comments on how design can create economic equity in South Africa.
Place 43 candidates, 43 ideas, 43 opportunities in a context full of challenges
SABS tells ico-D about the 43 Challenge and making design ideas happen in South Africa