Kate Moross and Marina Willer head to Design Indaba 2017

Design Week will be there for the whole week finding out about the latest news, plans and projects from designers.

South African design festival Design Indaba returns next week and this year speakers include designer and illustrator Kate Moross, Pentagram partner Marina Willer, Ikea head of design Marcus Engman and Google Labs creative director TL Uglow.

Other speakers include interaction designer Nelly Ben Hayoun, who last month founded an alternative design university and Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia, who we previously filmed to learn about how he built the Airbnb empire.

The annual conference, which draws an international lineup and audience together, is part of a broader programme which also includes a film festival and other spin off events.

There has always been a significant focus on design for good as well as an effort to spotlight the work of emerging South African creatives.

This year a dedicated Emerging Creatives programme has been developed so that the work of young people from Cape Town, Johanessburg and Durban can be spotlighted. A series of corresponding exhibitions are planned for the duration of the festival and beyond.

Meanwhile a new segment called Nightscape has been added to the bill and will see more design talks, music, film and exhibitions brought together in the evenings.

The Design Indaba conference runs from 1-3 March at the Artscape theatre, D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town 8001.

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