Update: Business of Design

For the past two days I’ve been at the Business of Design conference here in Cape Town, where I shared four top trends to track in 2016. The event is organised by the geniuses behind Southern Guild and 100% Design South Africa (long-term trend crushes of mine) so when I was asked to speak, I jumped at the chance - more to hear everyone else speaking during the course of the two days than anything else.

In all of the conferences I attend, I find that it’s the new connections between ideas and concepts that you make that are the most valuable. For me, it’s been interesting to see how the themes I’ve identified for the new ITI 2016 Macro Trend Review have had so much validation - from the focus on Africa to the collaboration and co-working that’s so much a part of the up and coming sharing generation.

The Joburg edition is coming up soon, so if you’re on the fence about attending, jump in and do it. I’ll be speaking there too, so come and say hi if you’re there.

ITI Trends: Cape Town Edition

Every year, I compile the ITI Macro Trend Review, a presentation that captures our viewpoint on social, retail, tech and design trends as they relate to our industry. We share this with clients and collaborators in a debut session in Durban towards the end of each year, and then I take it around the country (and sometimes overseas) to present it to conferences and companies. It's used as a catalyst for creative thinking and insight generation, and it's something that I really enjoy sharing. 

This year, we brought the Trend Review to my adopted home, Cape Town, for the first time.  We shared the presentation with some collaborators, media representatives and other like-minded people and I was more than heartened by the response. See some (unfortunately blurry cellphone) pictures that follow, and if you want to explore your own session of the Trend Review, get in touch using the form under Contact.