Design Indaba Festival 2016: Introducing the keynote speakers

12 February 2016

Next week in Cape Town, the 2016 Design Indaba festival will get under way in a renewed format. The event will be live broadcast via simulcast to a number of South African cities, allowing each presentation to resonate around the country.

It’s Nice That has once again media partnered with Design Indaba and will be bringing you news, highlights, interviews and reaction from the conference each day.

Below is the complete line up of keynote speakers who will be appearing from the 17-19 February.

Erik Kessels – Netherlands
Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with a great interest in photography. He is creative director of communications agency KesselsKramer.

Fred Gelli – Brazil
Acclaimed Brazilian graphic designer Fred Gelli founded design agency Táti and recently designed the branding for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Fredrik Ost and Erik Kokcum – Sweden
Fredrik Ost and Erik Kokcum are creative directors of Snask – a creative agency that specializes in branding, design and film.

Hilary Cottam – UK
Hilary Cottam is a designer, innovator and social entrepreneur who pioneers the use of design for social change.

Jaime Hayón – Spain
Madrid-based Jaime Hayón is an artist-designer known for the bold-yet-whimsical look and feel he brings to his work.

Imogen Heap – UK
As well as a talented musician, Imogen Heap is a digital designer. Her tech innovations include the Mi.Mu gloves and a conceptual platform called Mycelia.

Cecilia Martin and Klasien van de Zandschulp – Netherlands
Cecilia Martin, co-founder and curator of Lava Lab in Amsterdam, who works alongside Klasien van de Zandschulp.

Margaret Calvert – UK
Margaret Calvert is a graphic designer known for her design of road signs in the United Kingdom, as well as the typefaces Calvert and Transport.

Miriam van Der Lubbe and Niels Van Eijk – Netherlands
Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe is a creative studio that specialises in concept development, product design and spatial design.

Naresh Ramchandani – UK
Naresh Ramchandani is the first ever communications and advertising partner at Pentagram.

Nick Finney and Alan Dye – UK
NB Studio is an independent, multidisciplinary branding and communication studio established in 1997 by designers Nick Finney and Alan Dye.

Paloma Strelitz and James Binning – UK
Paloma Strelitz and James Binning are members of the Turner Prize-winning art and architecture collective Assemble.

Sou Fujimoto – Japan
Architect Sou Fujimoto blurs the lines between the public and the private in his thought-provoking work.

Stevo and Chanel – South Africa
Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger worked together to create How Far From Home – a personal project that sent them on a trip around the world to see how far from home they could get.

Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton- UK
Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, the founders of W&N Studio that specializes in the disciplines of image making and film.

Elena Arzak – Spain
Elena Arzak is a chef famed for her approach that combines traditional cooking with contemporary food design.

Alfredo Brillembourg – South Africa
Alfredo Brillembourg is an architect and urban designer who investigates the socio-economic system to overcome the emergent challenges in rapid urbanisation.

Thomas Poulsen – Denmark
Danish artist Thomas Poulsen, who works under the alias FOS, creates unusual spaces that rely on human interaction to really come to life.

Benjamin Hubert – UK
Benjamin Hubert is an award-winning British design entrepreneur and founder of Layer. He focuses on human-centred design.

Alex McDowell – US
Award-winning designer Alex McDowell is an immersive storyteller. He is best known for the set designs for Minority Report, Fight Club and Man of Steel.

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