24 Jul 2018   webgap

Educate to Fabricate

High-tech education for the 21st Century

Greenside Design Center and Made In Workshop are proud to announce a new and exclusive partnership where world class education meets the future of fabrication. Whether you are an inventor, creator, innovator or experimenter, GDC and Made In Workshop have joined forces to catapult design and manufacture into the 21st Century.

Under the banner of Educate to Fabricate, GDC and Made In Workshop will see several joint projects jump off the drawing board and into reality as early as 16 September when GDC students will launch their whacky wheels at the Red Bull Box Cart Race in Sandton. The box cart was conceived by the SRC at a gdcTHiNK design thinking workshop and is currently under construction at Made In Workshop. In October, the winners of the Head of Department Award will see a multidisciplinary team of third year students granted full access to Made In Workshop to prototype their solution to Noise, Form, Order and have it displayed at the GDC end of year exhibition from the 20th to the 22nd of November.

The future is now. Through our partnership programme, GDC students and staff already have special access to the high-tech facilities at Made In Workshop. If you want to join us in the 21st Century, or if you want to learn about laser cutting, 3D printing and robotics, watch this space as we collaborate with Made In Workshop to develop short courses to fast forward your ideas from concept into built reality.

Greenside Design Center is the most internationally acclaimed design education institution in Africa. Enrolments for 2019 now open. For more information visit our website at  or email

Made In Workshop is the most high-tech fabrication studio and makerspace in Johannesburg. For more information visit their website at or email

01 Aug 2018   webgap

The Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI)

The institute represents the interests of design professionals, design protagonists and design educators from numerous design disciplines including Visual Communication, Multi Media, Product, Fashion and Interior Design, but not confined to these. The central aim of the institute is to stand as a unified body to empower design professionals and facilitate growth in the Afrikan design industries as well as promoting design education as an essential profession required for the 21st Century.Some of the central goals of the Institute include:Liaising with Government and other Statutory Bodies to i ...

03 Aug 2018   webgap

Design Thinking for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation is part of our DNA and exciting things are always on the brew at GDC. On Saturday 28 July Greenside Design Center hosted a gdcTHiNK design thinking workshop to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking skills. Innovation Brew: How Might We Reinvent Coffee challenged participants working in teams to identify and solve a customer pain point in order to serve up the perfect cup of joe. Fueled by caffeine, representatives from Xlink, Salt and Light, Perform Digital and the African Institute for the Interior Design Profession buzzed through the four-hour design sprint and delivere ...

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