About the event:
Interested in learning more about different career choices? Here’s your chance to meet designers that are working in various different creative industries. Their personal stories will uncover the worlds of industrial design; gamification; architecture; town and regional planning; an electro-mechanical engineer turned creative and analytical thinker; a trend manager thats an obsessed observer of youth culture, fashion, art and music and a snapshot and peep into the studio of digital manufacturing focusing on 3D printing, scanning and modelling with the aim to take these technologies into the far corners of Africa to start valuable partnerships with like-minded entrepreneurs.
The talks are open to everyone – students, parents, high school learners and the general public.
Programme for the day:
10:00 – 11:00: Lisa Parkes; Christopher Hendrickse
11:30 – 12:30: Lana Franks; Luke Fobian; Jade Mathieson
12:30 – 13:30: Lunch at the OD Cafe
14:00 – 15:00: Harry Ravelomanantsoa
Lisa has a Masters degree in Town and Regional Planning degree and a Bachelors degree in Building Arts (Architecture). She started working over 15 years ago, starting in the town planning sector. Since then she’s worked in a multidisciplinary engineering firm doing environmental management and planning work, a facilities and property management firm, the Green Building Council, a sustainability consultancy, various NGO’s and more recently the industry body for recycling plastics in SA. She has broad ranging experience in the sustainability, built environment and management sector as well as public relations, marketing and communications. Her town planning and architecture degrees have served her well during her career, being a springboard into industry, with every career move being stepping stone along the way. Lisa is currently the Project Manager Innovation Challenges at the Cape Craft and Design Institute - implementation agent of the Western Cape Design Strategy, which aims to promote the use of design processes and tools to stimulate increased competitiveness and efficiencies in our economy, and to drive socio-economic development.
Christopher Hendrickse is an Industrial Designer currently lecturing at CPUT while completing a Masters’ Degree in Design, titled: Development of the user input system for the control room upgrade of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). This was derived from his passion for; astronomy, design, electronics, and mechanics. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, 2011, and has a particular interest in; multimedia, mobile application design, prototyping, technology, and education. He wishes to continue lecturing once his studies are complete. This will bring together his patience, enthusiasm, teaching abilities and large design skill set, allowing him the opportunity to contribute to the growth of South Africa. As a Designer by nature he continues to freelance in industry, which has lead to working with the CCDI Product support space and its staff, allowing him to expand on his knowledge, and meet amazing people with a similar passions in life.
Lana Franks is a creative and analytical thinker with a great love for people and their wellbeing. She holds a BSc degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Philosophy degree in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town. Presently, she is studying Life and Business Coaching at the South African School of Applied Psychology. Lana has many passions and is determined to positively contribute to society. As a result, she has a multi-disciplinary career history spanning seven fields including engineering, sustainable energy research, project management, education, property investment and youth ministry. She is now an entrepreneur who has started her own skills development company. Her dream is to have a skills-centre on wheels that provides access to thousands of people in under-resourced communities. This is where her many streams meet and where she believes she will add the most value. Nothing in her career excites her more than unlocking and developing the potential of others. She is inspired to transform society by adding value to the lives of others, especially young people.
Menswear - Trend Manager at Woolworths An obsessive observer of youth culture, fashion, art and music trends. Always investigating, following and researching - with an unrelenting curiosity to understand how each of these areas of culture, inspire the other. He has the ability to filter this information and strategically position it to a brand personality. He is able to enhance a brand with relevant newness and excitement, whilst still keeping a commercial and harmonious look and feel in stores. Another great quality is his ability to balance his opinions with knowledge of trend and a need to push the relevant boundaries – with a strong respect for the customer’s feedback through good and bad (SWOT) sales history. Understanding what he/she loves – and capitalizing on those opportunities.
Jade is a lead game designer at Sea Monster, South Africa’s most prominent producer of mobile games that aim to educate and create social change in the African context. Her work involves creating products on various platforms that aim to address the many challenges that local communities in developing countries face. She is inspired by the significant and recent increase in smart device usage in the developing world which has created an opportunity to reach those that previously had little or no access to digital games before. She is also driven by the potential to cater to the growing number of female gamers, who for years have been largely ignored by game producers. Jade believes in crafting gaming experiences for women that are free from gender assumptions often perpetuated by the misconceptions or wishful-thinking of the predominantly male developers in the industry. Jade’s work includes Howz-it, a locally funded financial literacy initiative that allows players to learn the basics of property investment in a fun resource management game. Mastering cash flow, dealing with maintenance challenges and generating returns are all addressed in a game that has players competing against each other to be the best property mogul. She was also lead game designer on Choma, a game aimed at young teenage girls to understand the risks around social behavior and HIV. In this project, funded by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), players must reach for their dreams while dodging risks like drugs, alcohol abuse and unprotected sex. An alternative, more light-hearted style of sex-education game, Choma aims to promote discussion around serious issues in a way that is less awkward and more relevant for teenage girls. Jade has been invited to present her work at the International Conference on Serious Games hosted by the North-West University of South Africa. She has been a guest speaker at Code4CT events, aimed at encouraging more South African woman to learn to code. She was also featured by the Cape Craft and Design Institute in their “Careers in Design” series, to talk about her experiences as a Game Designer working in South Africa. Apart from designing games, Jade is passionate about telling stories through any medium that she can. She has a bachelor of arts degree in film from AFDA. She was the creative lead on several animated educational videos produced by Sea Monster. She helped create childrens’ shows for Disney while Digital Asset Manager and Layout Artist at Clockwork Zoo animation studio. She has also authored two children’s books that have been published in multiple African languages through the Book Dash foundation.
Harry Ravelomanantsoa was born in Madagascar in 1976. He came to South Africa in 1995 to study Media at Boston Media House and graduated 3 years later having specialised in 3D animation and television broadcasting. He became an assistant producer and then production director working for several media companies in script writing, offline & online editing and directing. In 2000, he founded blurr productions a boutique production company as a supplier to marketing and advertising agencies needing an extra edge to their corporate communications. In 2005, Harry directed the production of a half-hour animated film for ADT security. The team was introduced to Toon Boom technology and brought Harry back to his first love: animation. The Little Black Dot Studio, Harry’s second company, was founded which opened the doors to the world animation software technology. This relationship led him to work with Toon Boom Animation - the worldwide leader in 2D animation technology - based in Canada, to motivate, develop and build the animation industry throughout Africa. He carried on working for Toon Boom as Director of Sales for Africa, the Middle East and India until early 2014. In February of 2014, Harry and his brother Marc co-founded Rabbit, a Digital Manufacturing studio focusing on 3D printing, scanning and modeling. Rabbit’s scope of work ranges from rapid prototyping, to industrial design, to architectural models, film props and costumes or even medical prosthetics to name just a few applications. As Managing Director of Rabbit, Harry aims to bring 3D printing to the far corners of Africa and start partnerships with like-minded entrepreneurs to take his company to new heights
Location: Events Space, 2nd floor, CT City Hall
Darling Street , Cape Town, Western Cape , 8001, Cape Town