It’s Design Indaba time of the year again. Sadly this has come to mean (since becoming a freelance designer) that I now resent the lucky folk who’s agencies readily hand out the enormous sum it costs to attend the three day conference.
However, this year I managed to secure a ticket to the Young Designers Simulcast (yeeees, I am no longer officialy a “young” designer, but they do also sell the tickets to older folks).
So next week I am off to the great halls of the CTICC to be inspired by some incredible minds. Okay, so I wont be hanging with all the “uber cool” design folks in the main auditorium (please note extreme hint of sarcasm there), yes possibly I may have to bring my own little packed lunch – but who cares? It’s going to be amazing!
There are so many incredible people talking this year that I am sure to be wondering around with a crazed person’s grin for most of next week. If I have to pick my two favourite speaker though, I would have to chose Marian Bantjes and Jessica Hische.
I have seen Marian speak before at the Indaba and cannot wait to see her again. Both her and Jessica are super impressive typographers (okay, I have a soft spot for typo peeps), flipping talented designers and amazing thinkers – what more could a gal want?
Marian has a very sweet tradition of sending amazing Valentine’s Day cards. Because she travels a lot, last year she decided to repurpose old postcards from all over the world as her Valentine’s tribute. She collected and sent out 480 cards dating back as far as 1901. They where all overprinted in silver with her unique design, which said “From me wherever I am / To you wherever you are.” So fantastic!
See more of Marian’s work here
Jessica Hische’s work is simply divine. She has had the opportunity to work on so many amazing projects including a poster for Florence and The Machine, the title sequence to Moonrise Kingdom (imagine how cool that must have been), she was even asked to work on the cover for Beck’s new album Song Reader. This stunning cover was then made into an amazing cut paper piece by an artist called Ham. Please take some time to watch the amazing making of this paper cut (video at end of post) (again more amazingness).