Xolisa Dyeshana and Pepe Marais opened Design Indaba Conference by doing a dance to Michael Jackson's "Black or White" on stage. "If you're uncomfortable and you're stretching yourself, it is probably a good thing," said Dyeshana.
Pepe Marais on starting Joe Public as a "takeaway agency":
An idea will never, ever, ever work unless you try it.
Hella Jongerius issues a plea to return to quality. "There's too much shit design in the world". "Ideas are either in the head or outside. I think the ones outside open those inside better." "Design should appeal to the humanity and the imagination of the viewer.”
Ross Cairns and Tommaso Lanza of The Workers spoke about After Dark, their robots that allow people to tour the Tate Museum. "We wanted to create a digital space where people could become part of the collection," said Lanza.
Stanley Hainsworth spoke about making connections and seizing opportunities. "It's the projects you're not expected to do, where you grab opportunity, that can make all the difference."
Naeem Biviji of Studio Propolis spoke about running a creative business in Kenya. "Lack of resources, tools, craftsmanship forced us to innovate. We turned this into an opportunity," says Biviji.
Carla Kreuser believes that poetry doesn't really need illustration so she found ways to say what the text couldn't.
Doremy Diatta: "The heart of my work is not in the final objects but the process that may also be used to benefit others."
Kathryn Fleming looks at how we live and interact with nature. "Instead of conserving nature I wonder how we can evolve it?"
Marc Dubois turned a series of Ikea designs into games in "Open Controllers".
Teresa van Dongen almost became a scientist but turned to design to see how she could take things further, by visualising nature. "We've been on the moon, but we hardly know our planet."
Tia Blassingame's art seeks alternative methods of memorialising victims of racial abuse in the US.
Tyler Pratt asked: "Can I design a product that encourages people to eat healthier?"
Burning Man founder Larry Harvey says the ethos of Bohemia is mostly about gifting. "Gifts, unlike anything in the marketplace, have an unconditional value."
Michael Bierut ended on a crescendo, announcing the November launch of his book, How to: Use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, and (every once in a while) change the world.