SMME Design Intervention Project is progressing

2013 - Issue 2

News from the SABS Design Institute

SMME Design Intervention Project is progressing

SMME development is widely accepted as one of the most effective means of creating employment opportunities and economic growth.

Previously we reported that the SABS Design Institute supports SMME development through its SMME Design Intervention Project. This project aims to make design accessible to SMME’s and in support of this intention a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) in November 2012. The MOU allows selected SMMEs within business incubators to access expert design services to take their product offerings to the next level. The pilot case studies are making good progress and we will report on the specific outcomes in due course. Current feedback from the SMME’s involved, is proving the project meaningful and effective.
During February the project has progressed to include a one-day design awareness workshop targeting the SEDA business advisors and incubator business development managers. It was presented at the SEDA offices in three provinces – Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KZN – and will be expanded to other provinces. The workshop aims to provide insight into the role design plays in numerous aspects of product development and business operations to achieve commercial success. It was offered to agents dealing directly with SMME’s in incubators with the aim to alert them to conditions demanding professional design intervention.

This development advances the project from professional design intervention in the product value chain (which is still continuing) to the insertion of design in the SMME incubation value chain.

What is happening on the design front




The value of the World Design Capital 2014 for (South) Africa

Prof Mugendi K. M Rithaa from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology considers the exciting opportunities posed by the World Design Capital 2014 for South Africa, as well as the rest of the continent. Read more



Wonderful opportunity for design students

The National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (TAIWAN TECH), a recent member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Designers (ICSID), is inviting students to an annual summer workshop titled "Cross Culture and Design Creativity ".  The invitation is extended form the Department of Industrial and Commercial Design (ICD) and the Graduate School of Design. They offer an exclusive package including free flight ticket, accommodation with 2 meals a day, free tour to Taiwanese tourist points, and no tuition fees. English will be the official language. 20th March 2013 is the deadline.

Contact Dr Regina W. Y. WANG, Head of Department, Industrial and Commercial Design of the National Taiwan University and Science and technology (Taiwan Tech) here



City of Cape Town announces appointment of World Design Capital Chief Executive Officer

What makes for an innovative company? An innovation initiative is not enough. It should not simply be a slogan, nor an end unto itself, argues Jeffrey Baumgartner. To be truly innovative, an organization should have seven essential characteristics. Read more here



Typography + Language + Writing Systems = Afrikan Alphabets

Ima-Abasi Okon, the author of this article, was investigating the relationship between graphic design as a discipline and Africa and was introduced to Saki Mafundikwa and the Afrikan Alphabet in the process.   Read more here



Design that keeps our doors open

Funny doorstops to keep your door open creatively!

Read more here


Call for abstracts and posters

International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with North West University, is hosting an International conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) at the Birchwood Hotel, Gauteng, from 17 to 20 April 2013. Local and international speakers will talk about IKS-based innovations and the contribution they make to improve the lives of indigenous communities.

Interested parties are invited to submit 150-word abstracts of papers on a relevant conference sub-topic or to exhibit their work on IKS in the form of poster presentations. Deadline for submission: 26 February 2013. Read more here



The Seven Essential Characteristics of Innovative Companies

What makes for an innovative company? An innovation initiative is not enough. It should not simply be a slogan, nor an end unto itself, argues Jeffrey Baumgartner. To be truly innovative, an organization should have seven essential characteristics. Read more here



The 5 Questions Every Company Should Ask Itself

In interviewing some of the biggest innovation experts, including Clayton Christensen and Eric Ries, Warren Berger found that asking the right questions can be more challenging than finding answers. Read more here



Training courses for the kitchen industry

The Kitchen Specialist Association (KSA) was formed in 1989, as a professional trade association to support, control and to promote the kitchen industry. The mission of the KSA is to create a professional and stable trading environment in which the industry can prosper and consumers can enjoy peace-of-mind.

The KSA announced the introduction of training courses for the kitchen industry that cover all the aspects of proper and correct installation techniques to KSA standards and specifications. View their course schedule for 2013 here



PG Bison 1.618 Competition

The PG Bison 1.618 Competition, accredited by the South African Institute of Interior Design Professions (IID),   was created over two decades ago to recognise the future interior and industrial designers, architects and key decision makers in the South African construction industry.

The 2013 brief and judging panel members have been announced. This year the winning student and lecturer will spend 9 days in Milan, visiting the fair and exploring this iconic Italian city. Read more



WASTEX Africa creating a platform for all actors in waste management

WASTEX Africa, taking place from 29 -31 May 2013 in Johannesburg,  is about showcasing and tapping the waste industry opportunity in all its facets. The event is positioned as a platform for positive engagement among all actors in the fields of waste management and recycling, sustainability and environmental protection. Read more here



A-Awards open for entry

The A'Design Award and Competition is for designers, innovators and companies that want to attract the attention of media and buyers. It offers an unique system for designers to sell their winning ideas to sponsor companies, likewise the companies can bid for the competing design ideas and make offers to buy the designs.

Nominations deadline is 28 February 2013 and winners will be announced 15 April 2013. If designs are submitted and nominated early, it can be updated through feedback and suggestions by preliminary jury members. Read more here



THE 2013 Australian International DESIGN AWARDS open for entry

Enter the 2013 Design Awards and be part of Vivid Sydney: a Festival of Light, Music and Ideas. For more information on the benefits of entering and being part of Vivid Sydney, click here