Registration is now open for the ‘Make a Plan’ World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) Design Policy Conference, taking place on 17 and 18 October at the Cape Town Stadium. The two-day conference, which aims to develop a policy that guides and encourages design, not only in South Africa but on the entire African continent, is a must for municipal, provincial and national government policymakers from all departments, university students and lecturers and business leaders.

The conference would also welcome designers who have an interest in creating and driving the design policy agenda.

WDC 2014 Programme Director, Nicky Swartz says: “The Conference theme of ‘Make a Plan’ stems from the overarching idea behind the WDC 2014 programme and projects, which is to celebrate the inherent resourcefulness and resilience of people who find solutions to problems by making use of what they have within their immediate environment. This is the essence of the South Africanism, ‘n boer maak ‘n plan (a farmer makes a plan).”

She continues, “As a developing country and continent, our design journey does not have to replicate what has been done by other, more developed countries. We will make a plan with the context, skills and resources that we have. Thus, we need a design policy that is uniquely South African and which is informed by the learnings of other developing countries.”

A host of speakers from various developing countries will present ‘best practice’ examples of how design has played a vital role in the development of their economies, societies and cultures. They will include Gisele Raulik-Murphy, who is widely regarded as the ‘guru of design policy’; Srini Srinivasan, CEO of award winning creative design company LUMIUM in India and a member of the WDC 2014 International Advisory Council; Executive Director of the ObjetoBrasil Association, Joice Joppert Leal from Brazil; Finland’s Mikko Kalhama who is the CEO of Design Forum Finland; and Manager of the Metropolitan Design Center Buenos Aires, Anabella Rondina from Argentina. Discussions on challenges and opportunities around Policy in a developing context will also be held.

The two-day conference costs R2000 and includes entry to the Welcome Reception on Thursday, 16 October 2014, which will showcase Cape Town’s unique food culture and fine wines. It also includes the lunches, tea and coffee to be served on both days.

For more information about the ‘Make a Plan’ Design Policy Conference, registration details, speaker information and updates visit

This article is reprinted from WDC Cape Town official website.


About World Design Capital® (WDC)
While there are many awards that recognise individual accomplishments in design, the World Design Capital designation is unique as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens. The designation provides a distinctive opportunity for cities to feature their accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlight their successes in urban revitalisation strategies.

The World Design Capital is an initiative established and managed by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Past cities to hold the title include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010 and Helsinki (Finland) in 2012. In 2014, Cape Town (South Africa) is holding a yearlong programme of events, whilst preparations for Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) are underway for 2016.