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August 13, 2013

Open Design Cape Town 2013

Design is for All. Image courtesy of www.opendesignct.com

It might be the ocean air, or the majestic power of Table Mountain, maybe it’s the ‘vibe’ of the city streets. Whatever the reason, Cape Town (named World Design Capital 2014) is a hive of creative activity and draws artists of all shapes and sizes to its heart.


Open Design is the first festival of its name and will take place across the city from the 21st until the 31st August 2013. The event aims to offer a space where designers and those interested in becoming a designer can interact, learn and share with each other, as well as to raise awareness of the significance and relevance of design today.

There are over 40 events happening over the 10 day period and attendees are encouraged to go to as many as possible, however we’ve selected a few key ones that should absolutely not be missed.

The Design for All Exhibition is the by-product of the overall event’s theme of ‘Design is for Sharing’. The exhibition will display a diverse selection of locally designed works, created to inspire.  The folks at Open Design describe the main aim of the space: “Through sharing the value and impact of a great selection of locally designed examples, we can inspire a bright new future of change makers, innovators, community leaders and citizens who understand the sustained and long term value its integration can add in many sectors.” This exhibition will run for the duration of the event but please note open from 9am until 3pm on the 31st August.

On the 30th Aug interactive designers at all levels can enjoy a full day of engaging discussions and mini workshops. Hosted by IxDA Cape Town, an Interaction Design Association group, visitors can expect to be given valuable advice and opinions, by industry pros, on how the user design process works.  Predominantly an introduction to user-centred design, this event is ideal not only for interaction designers but those who develop products and services. 


Of course, you can’t start any big creative event without an opening party of spectacular proportions, and this one will definitely not disappoint. Starting off the 10-day festivities is none other than the world-famous ‘Red Cellist’, Carol Thomas, on the 21st August at Cape City Hall. She will be performing in her sensational ‘Cellosphere’ – a transparent, luminescent sphere that creates a ‘glowing’ appearance. For more information on Carol Thorns and her Cellosphere, visit www.redcello.co.za.

Insight and In Context are two events being held by WCFI that centre around furniture and lighting. Both will showcase design, concept and the physical creation process. In Context is an exhibition of the design process from concept to creation while Insight offers visitors the opportunity to interact with the crafting, manufacturing and production phases. 


The festival offers a rare opportunity for designers to be inspired, network with like-minded individuals and gain knowledge of the industry. Don’t miss out!

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