Sustainability with focus on Water

Design Cartoon competition on the theme of Sustainability with focus on Water

Cartoonists are invited to humorously communicate the seriousness of sustainability with respect to water in terms of conservation, preservation and recycling. This forms part of the Cumulus Mumbai 2015 event with the theme:  In a Planet of Our Own – a vision of Sustainability with focus on Water. 

Winning cartoons will be displayed during the events will also be published as part of a book to be released during the conference in December 2015.

Deadline for submission is 31st of August 2015 and results will be announced on 30th of September 2015.

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Innovation inspired by nature 

The bio-inspired international design contest “Biomorphic design in the project a regenerative global society”, sponsored by the international project network VisionArtech, aims to select 3 first prizes and further 100 best bio-inspired design projects by design students from the following areas:

(a) Design and textile design

(b) Bio-architecture

(c) Industrial design.

Schools need to register their interest to take part in the competition. Official registration will close on 30th April 2015. Students have to register through its school by filling in the form available on the website. Each school may submit a maximum of three design projects by its students. The best projects will be selected and announced in October 2015 and will go on display as part of an international exhibition and symposium on biomimetics in 2016.


Film Poster Contest Open

Petaluma International Film Festival is inviting the artists in any field to participate in creating a poster for its 7th annual festival in October 2015. 

Deadline: July 1, 2015

The design theme is open to the artist's imagination and it is up to the artist to create a dynamic poster. There is no limit to the number of submissions. The winner will receive a full pass to the festival along with a worldwide recognition for creating the poster.  


Special offer to attend Business of Design

Business of Design is back to do more business with an all-new talk schedule for May, including new speakers and fresh topics. The two-day seminar for small to medium design business owners that was launched last year is also ideal for recent design graduates and design students. It aims to guide, inspire and offer practical tools to help with business growth, and is relevant to all fields - from fashion and product design to architecture and interior design. Business of Design is led by industry leaders and design experts who willingly share their knowledge and experience over the course of an intensive two days that includes many opportunities for networking.



Engaging with your Staff: Motivation and Accountability

The Architecture of Retail

Pinnacle Points from Leading Fashion Careers

Perfecting Your Production

Brand Direction and Campaign Development

Business Migration and Intellectual Property




Cape Town:        20-21 May

Johannesburg: 26-27 May



Friends of the SABS Design Institute are eligible for a R650 discount, making your ticket R3 300. To find out more, email with ‘SABS’ as the subject.


Visit for the full programme of speakers and to watch the video from the 2014 seminar.