‘Business of Design is without doubt going to become a must-do calendar event for any designer and business entrepreneur in the years to come. The talks were relevant and directed to all aspects of growing a business, whether it be a start-up or already up and running. I am inspired!’

NEYDINE BAK

INTERIOR DESIGNER

‘Business of Design is an incredible platform, showcasing some of our most talented, inspirational and entrepreneurial creatives. The networking sessions were wonderful – they not only resulted in good friendships, but in great business opportunities. This event is not to be missed!’

VASILI SOFIADELLIS

SILICON CAPE

‘A MASSIVE thank you for selecting me as part of your scholarship programme. This conference has been a huge paradigm shifter for our business. Also, the intimacy in the way you hosted Business of Design made it feel like a big family gathering, which was so unexpected.’

JAMES BISSET

JESSEJAMES

‘Business of Design was truly the most enlightening conference I have been to. It managed to change the way I perceive business, and other creative people. You are all brilliant!’

ANDREW NIMMO

ARCHITECT

‘I absolutely loved it and will be the first to book for the next one. You all did a superb job and left many people inspired.’

SUMIEN BRINK

VISI

‘Being fairly new to the design industry I still have so much to learn but I feel like these two days really fast tracked my knowledge base.’

SAM MEYER

CREATIVE BRANDS

‘I left with a feeling of pure, unadulterated enthusiasm for design, with at least four great new ideas for projects. I experienced a life-changing revelation as I had lost my desire to/for design. This conference has inspired me to push my career in a different path of collaboration between film and my design work.’

RYAN ISTED

INDIGENOUS STUDIO

‘So much of the information was about things no one has even thought of and this definitely helps in order to either take the first step or next step in our journey (be it in our own business or even taking our positions within a company to a new level). Mostly, it’s helped everyone to start asking the right questions!’

KIM NEL

UWE KOETTER

‘I feel really inspired and refocused. Business of Design gave me a real sense that it is very possible to have a successful design business.’

KELLY CINNAMOND

CINNAMOND INTERIORS

‘The collective group of speakers gave the best all-round picture of the connection between being a designer and being in business I’ve ever heard.’

WARREN KNIGHT

3D ECHO TECH

’There was a wonderful balance of motivational, practical and inspirational material. The speakers gave very useful insights and it was a great across-the-board presentation of the best South African creative design and business. This will certainly impact the way I run my business, as the conference gave me a generous set of tools to work with. I’m highly motivated to turn my business into an asset.’

LI PARKER

BARELY THERE GEMS

‘We left with a feeling that we’ve achieved much but have a HUGE amount still to do. We are eager to put systems into place and now have direction.’

VANESSA HOLDSTOCK / ANNE MEYER / ROSS MEYER

DECORATIVE DETAILS

’I leant more about business in the two days of Business of Design than I did in three years at Design College.’

AMY SINOVICH

RESONATE BY AMY

‘This was a fantastic two days. It was relevant, fun and didn’t feel like I was back in a classroom. The venue was great and your team was on the ball, approachable, helpful and friendly. Thank you to the SABS Design Institute for my scholarship to attend Business of Design.’

SHINGAI NYAGWETA

KUNA

‘Networking sessions were great for meeting like-minded individuals, hearing that their struggle isn’t that different from your own, and that we are all actually in the same boat – we just need to stick together and support one another.’

CLEO DROOMER

MABY CORPORATE CLOTHING

‘My business will make a 360˚ change, from how I tackle the administration and financial side, to how I do the marketing and branding of my product.’

LANÉ VORSTER

LANÉ VORSTER JEWELLERY

‘I could never have imagined how well-focused the talks would be and how incredibly hand-picked the speakers would be. I was overwhelmed with the positive energy and picked up so many bits of inspiration and advice even though I am only still venturing into the early stages of business. I hope that this event will grow and continue to bring business creatives together in their quest to turn their unique talents into proudly South African design and successful businesses.’

ANINE ROOS

‘What an enlightening and educational seminar. The content, speakers and general atmosphere were fantastic. It’s humbling to see how many other designers are in the same situation as myself in starting a new company. I learnt plenty and still have so much to learn. However, Business of Design has pushed me in the right direction.’

SHAUN GAYLARD

BLANK INK DESIGN

‘Business of Design was hugely insightful and inspiring and has armed me with further skills and knowledge for my journey ahead. The platform you’ve created for knowledge and skills transfer can only aid and grow this very exciting creative landscape, and I cannot wait for the next one!’

WADE ROSS SKINNER

WOLF & MAIDEN CREATIVE STUDIO

‘WOW, WOW, WOW! The capital letters are justified for an amazing two days spent with Business of Design. Thank you and congratulations, not only for creating this extremely well-organised event but for putting back into the industry and inspiring and re-energising young and “older” designers such as ourselves.’

LISE BUTLER

DESIGN TEAM

‘You have filled the gap left by my (otherwise outstanding) education perfectly with this programme. There was no part I would have left out. The quality of the presentations and the genuine passion behind them were quite tangible.’

NORA KOVATS

‘I am feeling energised and inspired to take those next steps to growing and expanding my business. It is so great that Business of Design has provided a platform where entrepreneurs and designers can come and learn and realise they aren’t alone in the business world; and that there are abundant resources and brilliant people to learn from.’

AIMEE HENNING

MALICA DESIGN