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We can’t believe it’s over, but as the saying goes, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” and you better believe we are smiling. Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their schedules to be part of Open Design Cape Town 2014 and make it the success it was. We’ll be releasing stats soon to show you the incredible impact Open Design had on Cape Town.

A huge thank you to our sponsors City of Cape Town, World Design Capital 2014 and SABS Design Institute; your contributions to Open Design were a testament of the potential and possibilities for the future of this event. Thank you also to our partners and media partners; with you this event simply would not have been possible.

And lastly, THANK YOU to you, the public, the students, the person on the street who wondered in and was blown away. Thank you for engaging with us and allowing us to provide a platform to show how design has the ability to change lives and society.

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A look at some of our favorite events:

The second chapter of the Open Design story closes on 23 August. Join us at the closing party to celebrate this year’s 11 days of design, design thinking, imagination and inspiration. The party is free and open to everyone, so come along to share your memories with friends and network with many other design enthusiasts....Read More


One can design change in so many ways and innovative ideas are everywhere. This incredible experience has been designed to share through storytelling, sound and movement where people from all walks stand together to produce one new song.  Come celebrate the power of unity and sharing through the Human-Sound Project. Don’t miss out on this...Read More


The City of Cape Town WDC2014 Internal Projects showcase and dialogues Presentations and discussions on how the City is applying Design-led Thinking in some of its recognised WDC2014 projects. The project managers will take participants through some of the visionary and human centred design aspects which have helped to transform Cape Town for the benefit...Read More


Design Dialogues is a platform for emerging creatives and industry thought leaders to network, interact, forge cross sector connections, and share knowledge and experience.Design Dialogues will be grounded in Cape Town’s unique context and cover topics that will contribute to the growth, sustainability and general well-being of the creative industries. Design Dialogues is a platform...Read More


The Maker Library Network is an official World Design Capital project #WDC687 BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW! Calling all design professionals and design students (2nd 3rd or 4th year), pattern makers, seamstresses, fashion designers, architects, graphic, surface designers with experience in using flat substrates (paper, fabric, board etc). to explore the possible ways to use a...Read More


PechaKucha is an official World Design Capital project #WDC676 #PKCT30 is themed Uniting and Inspiring Capetonians and features entertaining speakers presenting a wide range of topics in a closely defined format of 20 images displayed for 20 seconds. PechaKucha offers an evening of inspiration, education and fun; spurring conversation among people from all walks of life. Drawing...Read More



This year, South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, a milestone that marks the evolution of South Africa over the past two decades. Change has been pivotal to the growth and development of the nation. It is this notion that underpins the theme for OPEN DESIGN Cape Town 2014: Design is for Change.

Open Design Cape Town 2014 will explore and demonstrate how design is and can be an enabler, an advocate of transformation and positive change. Design is integral to making change happen. And design impacts on every aspect of our lives. From developing educational tools and technologies for children, to devising mobile apps that create access to quality healthcare; from empowering people to think laterally, and encouraging business to find new ways to approach entrepreneurship – and everything in between – design is everywhere.

And when it comes to social advancement, commercial enterprise or environmental beautification, services, products, systems, environments and idea exchanges, the potential for transformative design is ever-present. Design truly is for change.

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It's hard to believe that soon we'll be getting ready for our third Open Design Cape Town. In case you missed the inaugural Open Design Cape Town in 2013, or just want to know more about Open Design Cape Town, LiveMagSA put together this "Open Design Cape Town that was" video. Now, once you've seen this, we hope we'll be seeing you at all of our future Open Design events.




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