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Apr 15, 2014
Zelda Harrison

Dear Esteemed Reader and XCD Fan:

Due to some shifts in availability on the volunteer XCD Communications Committee, we are temporarily suspending our blog postings. We plan to be back in the summer with new articles and a fresh look, so please stay tuned!

In the meantime, our conversation about Culture + Design continues on Facebook and Twitter. If you aren’t already signed up to receive news via our social media, we are waiting for you!

Your comments and postings are always welcome to our global community of communication professionals.

 

Jan 23, 2012
Zelda Harrison

Supporting a Creative Economy: Munich und Bayern, February 7-12, 2012

As national and cultural entities thrive in a globalised economy, they face an interesting balancing act between being reaping the benefits of diverse voices and influences while highlighting their assets and identity. Many advocates of economic development are turning to Design for affirmation. XCD continues to follow the interaction between municipalities and engaged citizens using design. Our latest article covers the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) scheduled for February 7-12, 2012 and is based on an interview with Bayern Design, the principal event organiser.

If you’re cruising through The Continent looking for Design Inspiration or have some frequent flyer miles you need to cash in, this might be worth checking out…

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Jan 3, 2012
Zelda Harrison

The Power of Window Dressing

In this 7 metre wide textile work named Grisgris-Blanc, Abdoulaye Konaté reflects on Malian writer Massa Makan Diabaté’s comment, “the guinea fowl spreads out its colours over its plumage and man keeps them in his heart”. Grisgris-blanc merges political commentary and traditional craftsmanship using inspiration from the striking plumage of the Guinea Fowl, famous in Malian tales, legends, theatre and literature. The artist sees this treatment as a commentary on the ambiguous position heads of governments take with respect to religion.
Nov 5, 2011
Zelda Harrison

XCD Does Taipei: The IDA Recap

Getting a comprehensive recap of the 3-day event is an overwhelming task, but fortunately this is where partnerships make all the difference. In collaboration with XCD media partner DESIGN> Magazine based in South Africa, we offer you an op-ed recap of the 3-day conference that for the first time united the 3 major Design organisations in a body known as the International Design Alliance (IDA).
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Nov 1, 2011
Zelda Harrison

XCD does Taipei

XCD has been on the road, time to catch up and give account!

In the next few entries, we’ll be covering our experience of Design In Taiwan, through the lens of the IDA congress. In the meantime, take a virtual tour of the event by clicking on the image below:

Sep 14, 2011
Zelda Harrison

What makes a World Design Capital? Part 2

What does it look when Design is part of your City’s Urban Fabric?
Capitalising on craft and design in Cape Town, South Africa.

Editor’s note: since this article was written, the City of Cape Town has won designation as World Capital Design® (WDC) 2014 by The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid). This was announced on the closing day of the International Design Alliance Congress in Taipei.

Cape Town is the fourth city to hold this biennial appointment after Helsinki, Finland, WDC 2013. XCD also covered the activities of a previous WDC nominee, Turino. We will be following Cape Town’s progress in making Design Matter to Cape Townians and the CT Creative Community.

In this sequel to our series, XCD covers the Cape Town’s Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI). CCDI partnerned with a number of South African organisations for the 2014 WDC designation and is immensely proud that Cape Town was shortlisted along with Dublin and Bilbao.

CCDI talks to XCD about their efforts galvanising Cape Town creatives and the support they received in creating The Fringe, a hub zoned specifically for the creative community.

XCD asks: is promoting a creative class a viable tool for local economic development?

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Aug 25, 2011
Zelda Harrison

XCD, un entretien… Francis Kéré: The Power of Vernacular Architecture

Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré shares the secret of his success with stakeholders unfamiliar with architectural jargon and other notions of  maintaining a professional practice in Africa.

“Education”, “development” and “upliftment” best describe the principles that drive Francis Kéré’s work. Born in Burkina Faso and educated in Germany, Kéré considers it his duty to use his skills to benefit his home continent. His work promotes sustainable architecture in Africa through adapting technology from the industrialised world, considering climatic conditions and using local materials. Kéré’s portfolio includes the Women’s Community Centre in Gando, Burkina Faso; the Museum and Centre for Communication in Mopti, Mali; school projects in Burkina Faso; the National Park in Bamako, Mali; and an Opera Village in Laongo, Burkina Faso.
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Aug 22, 2011
Zelda Harrison

Sangam: Mixing & Jamming in Gujarat

Sangam, which means confluence in Sanskrit, was launched by the the Australia-India Design Platform at the NID (National Institute of Design) campus in Ahmedabad. The Platform is a catalyst for a creative partnership between the two countries. New Delhi-based design firm Ishan Khosla Design was charged with the identity and branding of this initiative.

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Jul 17, 2011
Zelda Harrison

Communicating Visually

Founded in a coffee shop in Covent Garden in 1754, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), seeks to develop and promote new ways of thinking about human fulfillment and social progress. Small wonder they would enlist Visual Thinkers to communicate their thoughts and aspirations in an increasingly complex world.

Visit this link for a sample presentation and join the conversation

Or check out more discussions in the RSA Animate Series

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