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It’s pitching season and we’re all invited!

Over the next seven months, the World Design Capital will be hosting project pitching sessions to expose recognised WDC 2014 projects to potential funders, mentors and collaborators. And we’re rather excited because we’ll be pitching our own shortlisted project – The Official Cape Town Design Guide. But more on that later.

The first pitching session will be taking place TODAY at 17:30 at The German Club (6 Roodehek Terrace, off Hope Street, Gardens) with 23 WDC 2014 projects hoping their pitches will seal the deal. If you can’t make it today, don’t fret, you have another seven pitches to choose from: 25 February, 25 March, 28 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July and 26 August.

You can buy your tickets through Quicket. They cost R50 ticket, and it also gets you one free craft beer and free popcorn. There is a cash bar and food for sale.

 

The WDC 2014 projects pitching tonight are:

1. Safe Township Lighting (#WDC608)

This project supplies individually charged, modular and multifunctional
LED task-lights (NURU lights) and the world’s first commercially available
pedal generator, the NURU POWERCycle. The cycle provides reliable
clean, sustainable power that is more efficient than current solar
solutions.

Vijay Mitha: vijay@shaktienergy.net

2. Mzansi Store (#WDC516)

An e-marketplace that enables small-scale handcrafts producers to
design their own e-commerce platform. This provides easy access to
online selling as a sales channel, where they promote their own brand,
sell and ship directly to buyers.

Deidre Luzmore:  dluzmore@gmail.com

3. Shopstar (#WDC290)

Shopstar enables anyone to create and manage an online shop with little
technical expertise. Developed in Cape Town by a team of industry
professionals, it’s a homegrown solution for South Africa’s entrepreneurs.

Jens Herf: jens@shopstar.co.za

4. The Business Bridge (#WDC280)

The Business Bridge Initiative is an enterprise development organization,
which enables the sharing of core business skills between the formal and
informal economies.

Thomas Parry: tparry@thebusinessbridge.org

5. The Motion Project (#WDC559)

This film and photography project uses the City as a backdrop to
showcase the diversity of talent in the dance industry. All dance styles
are photographed within the City’s beautiful urban spaces. The project
culminates in a photo exhibition, a dance film and a performance event.

Louise Coetzer: louise@darkroomcontemporary.com

6. Ceramics United South Africa 2014 Competition (#WDC345)

Working with some of South Africa’s most prominent ceramicists,
Ceramics United ZA will hold a ceramics design competition among
students, potters, and artists to unlock the country’s rich and dynamic
ceramics history and share it with the world.

Ceramics United South Africa: ceramicsunitedza@gmail.com

7. Youth Design Studio (#WDC640)

In Youth Design Studio, secondary school learners will collaborate with
university students, educators, local elected officials, and city staff to
create a practical, implementable design project that will have a
demonstrable benefit for their particular Cape Town neighborhood.

Katie Hawkes: katiehawkes@gmail.com

8. City of Rainbows (#WDC518)

The City of Rainbows is a public art installation project. Real rainbows
appear magically in public spaces, glass crystals hang from lampposts
creating flashes of color in the sky. Pedestrian crossings become
rainbow crossings; coloured heart stickers stuck to lampposts.

Michael Elion: elion888@gmail.com

9. Live Eco Remade Design (#WDC547)

Live Eco Remade Design is an upcycled design competition comprising of
dress (fashion design) & objects (interior design). This project requires
students to upcycle old clothing & used materials into eco chic garments
& objects.

Nikki Seegers: nikki@liveeco.co.za

10. Learning Innovation Design Lab (#WDC251)

The Learning Innovation Design Lab will comprise of a design studio,
usability test lab, model classroom, think tank and showroom that will
foster and showcase African innovation in education.

Marco Rosa: marco@formula-d.com

11. Open Streets (#WDC207)

Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative. It is both an organization and a
philosophy for public life, working to design and promote streets that
embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and
how they move. It was founded in 2012 by a group of volunteers.

Marcela Guerrero Casas: marcela@openstreets.co.za

12. Nino’s Bereavement Toolbox (#WDC335)

A friendly and attractive set of tools to help parents and children
overcome the loss of a loved one. It encourages the users to pay
attention to their senses and sentiments, discuss different aspects of
death and express their feelings.

Mathilde de Blois: deblois.mathilde@gmail.com

13. Too Good To Waste (#WDC274)

A collective group of 14 Western Cape Upcycle Designers all with similar
visions, recycling a variety of would-be waste items into beautiful
consumer products. This future design ethos reduces the impact on our
stressed landfill sites and demonstrates new creative possibilities in the
the consumer market.

Jenee Rosse: jenerosse@hotmail.com

14. 100 Bicycles (#WDC421)

Bicycles are not only functional by design; they have tremendous socioeconomic
and environmental benefits too. This project aims to use 100
Bicycles, each with a unique word on the yellow frame to harness mass
awareness about the benefits of non-motorized transport.

Warren Lodge: warren@LIFEbrand.co.za

15. The Migration #WDC537

Teaming up with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and turning the
musical experience into an audiovisual one. A spectacle combining
traditional with cutting-edge projection techniques to bring original music,
story and animation to life.

Bernard Kotze: bernardkotze@gmail.com

16. Creative Edge #WDC353

Creativedge SA is an extra mural educational programme designed to
expose Grade 10-12 learners to multiple creative career disciplines,
through practical learning experiences. The aim is to overcome ignorance
about these industries, promote new developing sectors and augment
divergent thinking skills.

Mariechen Du Plesis: info@creativedge.co.za

17. Brainstorm the City #WDC570

An awareness campaign run throughout the year, showcasing the human
brain: the ultimate design story. Through a variety of activities, this
interactive journey will inform, inspire and educate communities about
the wonders and fragility of this miraculous organ.

Ross Balchin: balchinm@telkomsa.net

18. 1000 Drawings #WDC530

1000 Drawings – Doodle for a Difference is a community driven project
where everyone is invited to be an artist for a good cause. This nonprofit
initiative builds bridges across class, gender, age and race divides with
the simple message that we are all inherently creative.

Shani Judes: shani@shanijudes.co.za

19. Zamani, the past #WDC552

ZAMANI, “the past” in Swahili, is a documentary series project produced
in Cape Town. The ZAMANI series will highlight some of the most secret
and sacred archeological sites of Africa, some never seen before on
television, awakening worldwide consciousness for the conservation of
African heritage.

Joanna Tomkins: joanna@manmakesapicture.co.za

20. Community led spatial design for informal settlements (#WDC236)

The spatial reconfiguration of informal settlements to those that are more
rationalized leads to social cohesion, shelter upgrade and infrastructural
improvements. It builds community, acknowledges the positive aspects of
informality and helps bridge the urban divide, including not removing the
poor.

Siyavuya Nobaza: siyavuya@ikhayalami.org

21. Re-blocking Mtshini Wam (#WDC238)

Re-blocking Mtshini Wam showcases the co-production value in
upgrading informal settlements. Once threatened through evictions, the
community initiated a self-design process that re-organised shacks into
“clusters” with safer and more dignified public spaces. The City can now
install basic services.

Linda Gondo: linda@ikhayalami.org

22. Lentegeur Spring Project (#WDC331)

Bridging the divide between a mental health institution and deeply
scarred surrounding community by designing a mental health centre of
the future. This project utilizes permaculture design principles that will
engender an environmental regeneration. In essence the concept of
spring is brought to life through healing people and the environment.

John Parker: John.parker@westerncape.gov.za

23. Pecha Kucha (#WDC676)

Taking place every other month during 2014, PechaKucha – Japanese for
chit chat – brings together Capetonians to hear from, engage with, and
be inspired by 9 speakers who present on interesting projects or passions
using 20 slides, each displayed for just 20 seconds.

Andrew Cole: awayfromtheoffice@gmail.com

For more information on the World Design Capital Pitching Sessions and WDC 2014 Projects, visit www.wdccapetown2014.com

Christo-HiRes

“What are you doing for 2014?”

It’s the question everyone is asking, particularly with the spotlight on Cape Town as World Design Capital. This year is brewing and bubbling with anticipation and expectation. With everyone either waiting for things to happen or scrambling to make things happen, we believe there is only one way to see the change you want; lead the way.

So with the Happy New Year wishes fading fast, let me tell you what Infestation will be doing in 2014…

We plan on turning all those exciting new projects into visual reality. Many of the jobs we started last year are beginning to see the light. They excite us because they have challenged us. Keep an eye out for them as they emerge. Some – like the new website for CapeNature and Skybound rebrand – are visible already. Others like the “Better Living Challenge”  from the Cape Craft and Design Institute and the Greater Tygerberg Partnership rebrand are still taking shape. Whatever the project, we are looking forward to sharing our ideas with you.

Internally, it’s very much in with the new, and chances are you’ll be meeting and working with many new names and faces. What that means is some new exotic spices being added to the mix. And who doesn’t like an added kick of flavour? For our clients, it means we can now offer more services in-house, like PR and direct-mail strategy.

Since 2001, infestation has hosted many interns and this year will be no exception. The only difference is, with the focus of WDC2014, we are getting a lot of enquiries from abroad. In early February we are welcoming an international intern from Holland and graduate from the highly acclaimed design school Willem de Koning Academie in Rotterdam. If you know of anyone wanting to intern or take up residency, let us know – this is THE year!

Thanks to our collaborative and creative space, our hot-desks have also taken off. This is the second year we are sharing our studio with like minded entrepeneurs and industry experts. So if you or anyone you know wants one of the hottest desks in Cape Town, let us know and we’ll be in touch.

 

Infestation’s Official Cape Town Design Guide

Now, we can’t talk WDC2014 without mentioning our yellow plans for the year. We have been privileged to be part of this incredible journey since bidding in 2010, and we continue to stay involved whether it’s through the Creative Sessions or Cape Town Design Network. We even have our very own officially approved WDC project, the Official Cape Town Design Guide. Sign up to get news the minute we go live!

If you want a flavour of what the different projects are all about, I can recommend attending one of the eight pitching sessions: 30 short entertaining inspiring pitches per night.

Please stay connected, either through Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter and take look at what we’re doing – our website has it all. We’re really happy to say our experience in digital has given us a competitive edge, but we’ll let our work speak for itself.

Wishing everyone one hell of a yellow year!

Christo

P.S: Take a moment to read this article by Business Day on the rise in tourism Cape Town is experiencing. We’re hoping to give those visiting our shores an insight into Cape Town design with our Official Cape Town Design Guide.

 

Taipei

With all the anticipation around Cape Town being the World Design Capital 2014, it’s hard to imagine that it was nearly three years ago that we were presented this accolade. Last month, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) named Taipei as the fifth city to take World Design Capital in 2016.

Speaking at the acceptance event in Montreal, Canada, Taipei’s deputy mayor Hsiungwen Chen spoke of the how in the process of bidding for WDC, they discovered that embedding design into the city’s governance changed the face and the thinking of Taipei, and enhanced the quality of service to their citizens.

 

World Design Capital 2016: Adaptive City – Design in Motion

In just 50 years, the City of Taipei has reinvigorated its urban landscape to include a sophisticated transit system, specialised medical care and a bustling cultural infrastructure. Under the theme ‘Adaptive City – Design in Motion’, Taipei will demonstrate why cities must be able to adapt to meet citizen’s demands. Throughout its history, whether willingly or reluctantly, Taipei has constantly been in a state of change, which can be attributed to its success as the political, economic, cultural, and technological center of Taiwan.

“Our next step will be to fulfill the vision of the WDC, and Taipei’s programme will act as a catalyst for our existing industrial ecology, leading to the creation of more investment opportunities and job openings,” concluded Deputy Mayor Chen. “This in turn will allow us to develop more human resources and establish more market opportunities for our design industry.”

For more information on Taipei as the World Design Capital 2016, visit World Design Capital

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Cape Town Airport, also known as Cape Town International is the 2nd largest airport in South Africa. It is a major gateway for tourism in the country seeing million of visitors arriving in the city of Cape Town annually.  It is predicted that Cape Town Airport would have seen fourteen million travelers by 2015 making it the 2nd busiest airport in South Africa, and the third busiest in Africa, coming in behind OR Tambo International Airport and Cairo Airport. (http://capetown-airport.co.za/)

We recently had the honour of designing large sections of the Domestic and International Arrivals walkways with World Design Capital branding. It’s become apparent that not many Capetonians know what WDC2014 is about and why Cape Town has been awarded this designation. This is one of the first activations (sponsored by the City of Cape Town) that has brought the reality of World Design Capital to our citizens. The World Design Capital branding artwork highlights a few key projects that showcase how design can transform people’s lives.

Last week Friday we were treated by City Officials to a VIP tour of the airport so we could see the World Design Capital branding artwork up close and personal. It was an afternoon filled with adventure that started with a trip on the MyCiTi bus from the Civic Centre to the airport. After a very smooth ride on the road, we found ourselves weaving our way past floods of oncoming passengers eager to see their families as we walked into the domestic arrivals hall. After some rather funny security checks (with most of us setting off the metal detectors), we were escorted past some rather alluring Duty-Free shops and into the International arrivals area.

It was a great feeling to see the result of many long (and late) hours in prime position for the world to see.

To the rest of the world, we are ready to welcome you to the World Design Capital of 2014, CAPE TOWN!

 

World Design Capital branding project