Committee & Partners*

CTDN committee 2012  [Committee Group link]contact the committee:
CTDN  Chairperson
Bruce Snaddon

Mr Bruce Snaddon is a Senior Lecturer teaching Communication Design at graduate and post-­‐grad levels in the department of Applied Design, within a faculty that houses eight design disciplines. It is within this environment that he sees his mission to build design curricula that are more awake and relevant to world change. Here presents his faculty on a number of forums that further the aims of design education that is contextual, meaningful and sustainable in the broader community. Increasingly he is involved in establishing partnerships and collaborations for the university that help build toward Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 designation.

Faculty of Informatics and Design,
Cape Peninsula
University of Technology

CTDN Vice Chairperson
Christo Maritz has been involved in the creative industry in Cape Town since 1995. In 2000 he founded Infestation, a design agency specialising in conceptualising communication strategies for a range of companies. His experience as consultant to many local and national institutions on brand development as well as being involved with creating effective online presence has secured him a position on the advisory board of one of the leading Universities of Technology.He has also played a big role in Cape Town’s bid for Design Capital of the Year Award for 2014, including designing the bid book presented to the ICID in Montreal. As one of the founding members of the Cape Town Design Network he represents all the different design disciplines and advocates the use of design as an important tool in solving Africa’s social and economic challenges.
Director of Infestation,
an award winning graphic design consultancy in Cape Town.
CTDN committee members (alphabetical order)
Lianne Burton
Independent marketing and
brand consultant for Cape Town
and the Cape
Town Partnership
Senior product designer at
Formula D interactive
Tessa Graaff
Director Montebello Design CentreTessa Graaff founded, and is director of Montebello Craft and Design Centre, a public benefit organization dedicated to creating creative spaces for creative people to work from.The project is the result of a gift to the University of Cape Town almost 20 years ago by a donor, for the purpose of promoting  design, and while recognizing that he was ahead of his time, she  passionately embraces the idea of design thinking as the new currency for nations that will succeed in the century ahead.

She also works extensively throughout the Southern African region with indigenous communities using design and entrepreneurial approaches to creating sustainable livelihoods with craft.

She has served on numerous boards in the design education and cultural industries domain, is currently a board member of !Khawattu a cultural heritage and educational centre for the San  and sits on the Craft Advisory Panel for the National Arts Council.

Mel Hagen
Founding Member of the
Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), Former Dean
of the Faculty of Informatics and DesignFounding Member of the
Cape Town Design Network
Founder/Owner of Handmade
; SanDreamsMedia,Founding Member of the
Cape Town Design Network
Mokena Makeka
Mokena Makeka is the
principal and creative director of the
award winning Makeka
Design Lab
an agile architectural practice that pursues elegant experiential
solutions at the digital, physical and psychological scale.
Zayd Minty
Cultural producer, planner
and researcher. Zayd currently
works for Creative
Cape Town

where he oversees The
Fringe: Cape Town’s Design and Innovation District.
Founding Member of the
Cape Town Design Network
Mugendi M’Rithaa
Designer/Educator/Researcher associated with a
number of international networks on Design for Sustainability,
Industrial Design, and Universal Design, ICSID board
Roelf Mulder
Co-founder and managing
director at …xyz design,
an award winning product design consultancy in Cape TownFounding Member of the
Cape Town Design Network

Shouniez van der Schyff
Senior Graphic Designer at Infestation

I started at Infestation in 2008 and I was privileged to do work for the World Design Capital Bid. Being proudly Capetonian this was very special to me.

Joining the CTDN committee I hope to be able to have an impact on the creative industry. Through collaborations across the disciplines I believe we can grow the design industry as well as create change in the lives of our communities.


Y Tsai
Owner of Tsai Design Studio, Y. Tsai heads up Tsai Design Studio, a multi-disciplinary design firm in the field of furniture, interior design and architecture. The accolades and awards from the studio include the prestigious, international Red Dot Award and The British Council’s ‘International Young Design Entrepreneur Award’. The Nested Bunk Beds was voted as the “Most Beautiful Object” in South Africa’ at Design Inbaba 2008.
Michael Wolf
Head of Formula D interactive, Michael Wolf is an interaction designer, who moved to Cape Town from Germany in 2003. In 2007 he founded Formula D interactive, an award winning design consultancy specialising in the design of interactive learning environments for museums, showrooms or corporate visitor centres, using cutting edge multimedia technology.After studying Design at Cologne International School of Design (KISD) and École Nationale Superieure de Création Industriélle [ENSCI], Paris, France, he joined MARS – Exploratory Media Lab at the Fraunhofer Institute of Technology, Germany’s equivalent of MIT in the U.S., to work on experimental human-computer interaction focussing on immersive media spaces and tangible interfaces for computer-enhanced learning.He is co-founder of Formlos design studio in Cologne, Germany, a design consultancy specialising in product design. In 2004 Michael and his wife Monique Le Roux founded andulela experience, a pioneering operator for interactive cultural tours in Cape Town. Wolf has received several awards including the prestigious IF Design Award.Founding Member of the
Cape Town Design Network
CTDN institutional partners
Cape Town Partnership
Creative Cape Town
CPUT – Faculty of
Informatics and Design
CTDN design industry partners
Formula D interactive
…XYZ Design
Design Infestation
Tsai Design Studio
Montebello Design
Handmade Change
In full support of:
Cape Town’s World
Design Capital Bid 2014

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