So you want to be a designer?

So you want to be a designer?


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’. What? Read more.


Designing wheels.


We are in May, workers 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. Read more.


Designing the perfect place to work

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The way we work has shifted dramatically in the last decade, and designer 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. Read more.


Elon Musk - a battery to power the planet.

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Elon Musk is the CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and the CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). He was born in Pretoria, South Africa, went to school right here close to the Design Institute at Pretoria Boys High before emigrating to Canada and then the US.


The Design Landscape




During worker’s month it would serve us well to reflect on the plight of the worker. Entrepreneurship is a gift that can feed a nation. If every person with the ability to create an innovative business simply . . . Read more

We all need a mentor.


We have all realised that there exists a very big challenge concerning South Africa’s unemployed and unemployable youth. During worker’s month we should emphasise the importance of mentorship and skills transfer. Read more.


Snippets May 2015


World Impact Prize 2015-2016 Nominations now Open



Icsid has launched the third cycle of the World Design Impact Prize and for the first time is welcoming nominations directly from the public. Nominations for the Prize, which celebrates, recognises and encourages industrial design driven projects that support Icsid's vision to create a better world through design, will be accepted via from 12 May to 29 July 2015.


SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards 2015



SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards 2015 is open for entry.  Applications will be accepted from any innovation that demonstrates both a viable business model and an improvement to the quality of life of low income groups, particularly women and youth, those living in rural areas and people with disabilities.   All eligible entries are invited to apply online to participate in the competition.  

In 2015, the Social Innovation Awards celebrates 5 years of its commitment to improving the lives of some of South Africa’s most vulnerable, as well as empowering entrepreneurs who help change the lives of individuals with their innovative products and services.


 African Entrepreneurship Award Application for $1 million


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The African Entrepreneurship Award, powered by BMCE Bank of Africa, offers a mentoring journey for business ideas that can impact and meliorate lives in Africa. Are you an African citizen with a business idea that will create jobs and improve lives in Africa? Will it improve education or the environment, or solve a problem that is uncharted?

Start your journey here


She Leads Africa Entrepreneur showcase

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She Leads Africa has announced the launch of its 2015 entrepreneur showcase, where it spotlights the most talented female entrepreneurs in Africa and in the diaspora. The entrepreneur showcase is a platform for all female entrepreneurs who are looking to grow and scale their businesses across Africa.  The pitch competition will see participants compete for $15,000 in cash prizes, media features in international news outlets, and exclusive meetings with top entrepreneurs and business people. 

Apply here


RAPDASA Conference 



The final call for papers for this year's RAPDASA (Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa) Conference and the deadline for abstracts has been extended to 15 June 2015. Check out


Conversations with Thought Leaders


Conversations with Thought Leaders” will be hosted by Innovation Thought leaders, Slaves to the Rhythm and Ludwick Marishani, as well as other knowledgeable speakers who will guide you in unlocking and realizing the Innovation Potential that is part of every human being's DNA.  Musicians Josh Hawkins and Barry van Zyl will host an exciting interactive creative-session that is guaranteed to inspire you and strengthen the pumping of Innovation Juices through your veins.  

The “Conversations with Thought Leaders” event takes place at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 15 June 2015 at just R1 750p/p and just R 950 for students.  Please follow the Link to read more about the programme and how you can register right now!

Cobra Design Competition 2015



It is time for the annual Cobra PDC (Product Design Competition) of 2015 and to win a share of R100 000.

Choose between 2 exciting briefs that will be judged using the same judging criteria, levelling the playing field.

This is your opportunity to bring forth your design philosophies and raise your voice in respect of bathroom aesthetics and experiences. This will include the spectrum of product design that goes beyond the tap/mixer.