Ten talks we're looking forward to at Design Indaba 2015

18 February 2015

There is now just over a week to go until the 2015 Design Indaba conference kicks off in Cape Town. As media partner It’s Nice That will be there throughout the three-day inspiration bing, bringing you the best visuals and most interesting ideas shared from the stage. The full-line-up has now been confirmed and here’s our pick of ten (plus one for luck) of the talks we’re particularly looking forward to listening to. You can also access talks from previous years on the Design Indaba website.

Maverick New York-based filmmaker who is at the forefront of harnessing YouTube as a platform to get his funny, interesting and thought-provoking shorts out into the world.


Omar Victor Diop: The Studio Of Vanities – Aminata Faye

The Senegalese photographer whose work spans art, fashion and portrait has a confident aesthetic and an ambitious idea of what art could and should achieve.

The food industry plays an increasingly prominent part in the cultural scene, and by extension the design world. At Indaba we’ll hear from Nando’s founder Robbie Brozin and Roy Choi, who is widely credited as the godfather of the Los Angeles gourmet truck scene.


Kathryn Fleming: The Highwire Herbivore

Every year Indaba selects a recent graduate from some of the world’s best art schools to take part in a Pecha Kucha event. It was one of the highlights of last year’s conference and this year’s line-up looks equally enticing.


M/M Paris and Viviane Sassen: Missoni Winter 2014

Co-founder of the Italian fashion brand which takes her surname, Rosita is responsible for the growth of one of the world’s most recognisable labels.


Scott London: The Burning Man Festival

Larry is the founder and chief philosophic officer of Burning Man festival, the annual festival held in the Nevada desert with a mythology that’s as powerful as any event around.

Perhaps not as well-known as some of her fellow Pentagram partners, Emily is one of the most talented of the super-agency’s roster and a firm favourite of ours.

London based design studio The Workers, aka Tommaso Lanza and Ross Cairns, makes a variety of brilliant digital products, such as the robots let loose in Tate Britain last summer.


William Kentridge: The Refusal Of Time

Multimedia artist William Kentridge is billed as South Africa’s “most internationally acclaimed artist” and alongside his talk he’ll be presenting an evocative interactive installation at Cape Town City Hall.

The ad-land legend founded and oversees one of the industry’s most consistent, creatively-engaging and most-respected/envied agencies in the world, Wieden + Kennedy.


Dominic Wilcox: The Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car (Photo by Sylvain Deleu)

From racing a 3D printer to exploring driverless cars, the London-based designer and longtime friend of It’s Nice That is moving into the big leagues with his inventive, witty and intelligent work.

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Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

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