August 23, 2013
Open Design inspires Cape Town in 2013
Natalie Roos’ body was born in Johannesburg… but her soul was always Capetonian. At the age of 14, Natalie started work in the television industry, presenting popular local kids TV show, KTV. Ten years and another TV job later (presenting celebrity gossip show JIP on Afrikaans music channel MK), Natalie made the move down to Cape Town where she started her blog, Tails of a Mermaid (www.tailsofamermaid.com). Her love for the internet and all things communication-driven became a natural progression to a career in Social Media, where she worked in an agency managing the online presence, content and reputation of various brands.
Natalie’s passions include cats, communication and Cape Town.
The thinking behind Open Design is to create a platform where designers and design-thinkers can celebrate, be celebrated, share and encourage each other's vision and creativity. Design, in it's various disciplines, is a significant and relevant practice that can change communities and lives - a concept which is evident across the incredible work displayed at the festival.
Wandering through the various exhibition rooms at Cape Town's City Hall, you can't help but be inspired and excited by the beautiful, innovative and revolutionary designs that are on display. From the emotive Mandela Poster Project, displaying 95 crowd-sourced posters from all around the world, to the various educational initiatives, Open Design showcases some of the best work from around Cape Town.
There is also a One Stop Design Shop exhibit, where potential future design students can find information and resources from all the major design schools in Cape Town.
There are various seminars, events and exhibits happening until the end of the month, check out the website for more details: www.opendesignct.com