This August the revolutionary two-day conference, Business of Design, returns to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Attendees can look forward to more lessons and inspiration from the country’s top business experts and industry professionals. 

Andile Dyalvane | Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse

This year sees an all-new lineup of speakers share their knowledge on ways to work smarter, while offering tools for growth and insights into the latest industry trends and brand movements. The topics covered are all relevant to various sectors of industry – from real-life social media case studies and top tips when preparing for international trade shows, to ways to use design thinking to affect change, and insider strategies for brand activations.

Anthea Poulos, Andrew Berry, Nicholas Christowitz, Katlego Maponyane

‘What started off as a conference for design businesses, has grown to welcome delegates from marketing, architecture, retail, advertising and even financial backgrounds,’ says Business of Design co-founder Laurence Brick, MD of Platform Creative Agency and Creative Director for 100% Design South Africa. ‘It’s become a must-attend event for anyone wanting to progress in their business, think differently about the way they work, and network with industry peers on a level they would not normally be afforded the opportunity to do.’

Cathy O’Clery | Eitan Stern |Emilie Gambade

To date, there have been three Business of Design conferences, one in 2014 and two in 2015. These conferences have hosted more than 750 delegates, with 90 of South Africa’s top designers, business experts and industry consultants now forming part of its growing network of alumni speakers.

Julian McGowan | Kate Schrire | Robbie Brozin

‘Business of Design left me feeling inspired, energised and crystal clear as to what needs to be done to take my business to the next level,’ says alumni delegate Bridget Henderson of fashion label Cowgirlblues.

Product and furniture designer Louw Roets, who attended the last conference in 2015, adds: ‘I gained more than half a notepad full of new ideas, solutions and inspiration, and made great business connections too.’

Mike Abel | Robert Grace |Paul Dalton

It’s been extremely rewarding to witness the results that have come out of these conferences, including creative collaborations sparked during our networking drinks sessions, and business growth that we’ve seen when delegates apply lessons learned. Even our own company, which has been going for more than 12 years, has gained valuable new strategies from these talks,’  says Business of Design co-founder Trevyn McGowan of Source and Southern Guild.

Heather Moore | Trevyn McGowan | Ian Fuhr

The conference takes place over two days and will include over 16 talks. Each day will end with a two hour networking drinks session from 5-7pm. Here, delegates and speakers can exchange ideas and business cards over a few drinks

‘That’s one of the great appeals of Business of Design,’ says McGowan. ‘It’s not a stuffy, formal conference, but rather a friendly, welcoming environment where long-term relationship-building is as important as business growth.’

Luke Dale-Roberts | Stefan Antoni

All images courtesy of Business of Design

2016 Speakers Include:

Robbie Brozin & Tracy Lynch / Nando’s – The Designer Link

Stefan Antoni / SAOTA, ARRCC, OKHA Interiors  – Local Goes Global

Luke Dale-Roberts / The Test Kitchen, Pot Luck Club –  Staying at the Forefront

Ian Fuhr / Sorbet Group – Building Brand Loyalty

Emilie Gambade / ELLE – The Rise of African Fashion

Mike Abel & Robert Grace / M&C Saatchi Abel – The Power of the Idea

Trevyn McGowan / Source, Southern Guild, GUILD – Working the Business of Design

Heather Moore / Skinny laMinx – Social Media Case Study

Sean Mahoney / StudioMAS – Designing for the Environment

Andile Dyalvane / Imiso Ceramics  – Becoming an Icon

Andrea Kleinloog / Anatomy Design  – Partnerships: Finding the Right Fit

Conn Bertish / Cancer Dojo  – Using Design Thinking to Affect Change

Cathy O’Clery / Platform Creative Agency, 100% Design South Africa – State of the Nations: Africa’s Design Pull

Eitan Stern / Legalese – The Changing Nature of Business Relationships

Kate Schrire / The Creamery  – The Neighbourhood Success Story

Paul Ballen / Paul’s Homemade Ice-Cream – Keys to Success: A Story of Authenticity

Paul Dalton / Leapfrog Projects  – Business Strategy: A Process of Design

Anthea Poulos, Andrew Berry, Nicholas Christowitz & Katlego Maponyane / The Bread – Case Study: Activating Your Brand

Rex Bowden / Catalyze – International Trade Shows: The Prep Work

Trevor Wolfe /  – Feedback 2.0 – Redefining the Creative Review Process and its Impact on Creative Output

More speakers to be announced

For More Info:

Johannesburg : 17-18 August (The Forum, Bryanston)
Cape Town:  23-24 August (Inner City Ideas Cartel, 71 Waterkant Street)

Early bird discount (until 30 June) – R3 300
Business of Design alumni – R3 000
Students – R2 500
Full price (after 1 July) – R3 950

SACAP & IID member discounts and CPD credits apply. Group discounts for five or more.




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