Gone are the good ol days when the big ad agency I’m working for sends me on an all expenses paid Design Indaba Conference. Sniff, being an Independent at the early stages of starting a business means I just can’t afford to attend a conference of this nature, in fact it almost went by without me noticing.
I did a bit of browsing on the Design Indaba portal and was shocked to find out they’re using blogger to power their blog, can you imagine that. I’m not a big fan of blogger based blogs, they all just look a certain way and don’t interest me at all, in fact none of the blogs I subscribe to are blogger blogs. Come on Design Indaba, haven’t you heard of WordPress?
I’m not anti DI at all, far from it, I would have loved to have been there as there seems to be more activity than all the previous years. One interesting aspect is the “Most Beautiful Object in South Africa” awards.
Of course the Conference is booked out already, but there’s still a chance to book for the Simulcast screening which will play the presentations on a large Screen and will be hosted in a different Auditorium. If you’re under 25 you’ll pay R950 and over 25’s pay R1500, still a bit steep for my liking but gives anyone who’s really keen but can’t foot the higher main conference bill or those who missed out on the bookings a chance to see the conference. If you have the cash and are into design it’s worth a visit.
lastly if you miss it all there’s still the quarterly Design Indaba Magazine which is packed with juicy local & international design bits. I have my own collection of mags from the last few years though they usually go walking after I’ve had them for a year or 2 so keep yours safe.
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