On Thursday night, the 2017 IAB Bookmarks Awards Show was held in Jozi, and excitement was so pulpable that you could almost lick some off of Tseliso Rangaka’s head.
We are proud to say that we were recognised as Best Digital Agency of the year, and one of our major long-standing clients, KFC, was named Brand of the Year. In total, the agency network won 25, including two golds, at the 9th edition of the country’s premier digital marketing event.
The 21st Design Indaba festival kicked off last week where there was a widespread use of natural elements as a source of inspiration, tackling issues of misrepresentation & examples of how beautiful data can be. Below are a few of the highlights from the 3 day conference.
TAPPUTI AND THE SEA by Kaja Solgaard Dahl
Dyed natural sea sponges hold the handmade solid perfume made of only natural oils sourced from the African continent and around the Cape. Simple & beautiful design.
Great Things To People is a Santiago, Chile based design firm involved in varying projects that focus on architecture, art and design. One of which blew us away – the invention allowed them to produce delicate, individually unique ceramic pieces.The Chilean firm and Eastern Cape-born ceramic artist Andile Dyalvane teamed up to collaborate on a never never-before-seen installation also featured below.
Chris Sheldrick is the founder of what3words, an addressing app that assigns a sequence of three simple words to any location in the world. Simply brilliant. Now everyone is the world has an address – from the peak of Kilimanjaro, rural landscapes in KwaZulu-Natal to the dance floor at ERA.
Ever since they began collaborating in 2007, the artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander have been known for their high-conceptual art films, eye-catching installations and keen fashion aesthetic. These two were a solid highlight from the conference. Hilarious, kind and brilliant.
Kate Moross, London based unicorn in the illustration world. She and her team have brought multiple projects to life – from Disclosure to Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry & The MTV Video Music Awards. Pretty much portfolio that any designer DREAMS to have.
Check out one of Studio Moross’ latest pieces:
7. Georgia Lupi & Kaki King
Giorgia Lupi interrogated the humanity behind big data. By removing the computer and forcing herself to imagine data in a different way. She is able to reveal patterns and nuanced aspects of the human experience that data would otherwise drown.
She collaborated with the INCREDIBLE Kaki King’s magical guitar playing to bring her data to life – an example below:
8. Wage Islands by Ekene Ijeoma
An interactive installation about wage and housing inequality in NYC. It’s a 3d topographic map of monthly housing costs submerged in water to show where New Yorkers can afford to live based on hourly wages.
There were SO many incredible moments – Check out the Ogilvy Instagram handles to see more. Thank you to the Joburg & Cape Town teams who co-curated this article!