Open Design

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Cape Town City Hall along with the City of Cape Town will be a hub of creative energy as Open Design opens its doors for 11 days. From talks and exhibitions, conferences and launches, educational wings and even the occasional party, Open Design Cape Town has a little of something for everyone – showing how design can enable change in the most surprising and exciting of ways.

So dust off those diaries, check out the programme and plan how you will experience Open Design this year. And if you don’t want to keep moving between the office and City Hall, why not move your office or your meetings to Open Design Cape Town for 11 days where WIFI, TRUTH, Osumo and Grolsch will happily cater to your every need.

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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 a year has passed since the inaugural Open Design Cape Town in 2013. Last year was just a taste of what was to come this year, but in case you missed it, 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 Open Design Cape Town 2014.




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