D4 + Cape Town Creative Academy
Posted on 08/01/2013 by Justin Williams
I was in Cape Town for Christmas (I know, I know, lucky bas*‹#d) and had the great pleasure of meeting up with CEO of the Cape Town Creative Academy Francisca Gebert and her colleague Francois Jonker. Now I’m not one for socialising too much within D4′s local design community, way too much back-slapping for my liking, but I’m fascinated to meet creative thinkers from other continents.
Why? Well I should be all gracious and say “oooh, the cross cultural exchange of ideas is so stimulating” but really what I want to find out is quite simple and extremely selfish. It’s this.
“Are the crazy ideas in my head relevant in another part of the world?”
Thankfully Fran and Francois were right on track with me. Ahead in fact. CTCA believe in the same core idea that pushes D4, namely that design + digital will drive the economic (re)growth of our countries.
They aim to do this by educating a new generation of design thinkers to populate the dynamic South African international creative industry. Our aim is to move companies forward in a modern world that is changing fast, so that they can gain the advantage in today’s global digital economy.
Sheffield + Cape Town has quite a ring to it so I guess you’ll witness quite a bit of interaction between D4 + CTCA in 2013. I don’t know what shape all this will take yet, but I am delighted to have met some fellow minds dedicated to realising the importance of design on all our futures. No matter where we live.