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The Art of Storytelling

Some of us have been saying it all along. Peter Guber, author of the new book Tell to Win, argues that

…humans simply aren’t moved to action by “data dumps,” dense PowerPoint slides, or spreadsheets packed with figures. People are moved by emotion. The best way to emotionally connect other people to our agenda begins with “Once upon a time…”

This applies as much to how you communicate with a client as it does to the consumer. Believe it or not, they are both humans driven by many of the same things in life, needing similar inspiration. A client needs to be as enchanted as the consumer. Or provoked. Or shocked. Or whatever your advertising sets out to do. Ideally, don’t feed back meaningless information about target market demographics, rather show a video you’ve created that’s intriguingly shot and gets said market to speak their mind. See where they live, hear their music, make the connection. Always give more than you receive. Bring the brief to life. Whether you use poetry, film, photography, music, dance or a combination of all of these, your presentation can be as interesting as, hopefully, the creative ideas you are hoping to sell.

Three Days of Brilliance


Three full days of brilliance, irreverence, difference, experimentation, crafting and, believe or not in the presence of all that, humility. More than 30 of some of the greatest innovators and influencers in the world came together at the Design Indaba to generously share their experiences and philosophies about design. For the second-year running, AG!LE hosted the Durban simulcast of the Design Indaba, bringing into one room top illustrators, graphic designers, writers, architects, videographers, web masters and many of the other creative luminaries and hopefuls of Durban.
If you want to find out more and gain enough inspiration to last a lifetime, check out our Design Indaba Durban Facebook page. The event may have come and gone this year but great design never ends.

Pecha-Kucha Durban: Volume 9

The 13th of February 2013 saw Durban’s 9th Pecha-Kucha and was kindly hosted by Inscape College one of Durban’s newest creative colleges. AG!LE has proudly been behind the event for over 3 years. If we lost you at Pecha-Kucha, let us explain: Pecha-Kucha is a global phenomenon that happens in over 600 cities around the world. The format is simple: you get a whole lot of interesting speakers together give them a mic, and ask them prepare to a presentation consisting of 20 images. Since passionate people have a tendency to carry on and on and on, each of the images are timed to 20 seconds, making for a presentation that is 6 minutes and 40 seconds long.

This was our very first outdoors event and luckily the weather played its part. After imbibing some liquid inspiration and filling up on some Afro’s chicken the audience sat down to watch our first speaker Jamie Lee Gibbon who shared about what Inscape College do in pruning the next generation of creatives. Following on was Omelga Mthiyane a film producer whose movies have featured across the world including the Sundance Film Festival. Omelga shared some of her process and the amazing locations her films have taken her. Christopher Reid then shed some light on the ever changing world of trends and the role trends play in society. Just in case anyone thought the evening was heading into a congenial direction, Trevor Kleinhuis took to the stage and shook up things up by taking us on a tumultuous journey of drugs, HIV and lies. But what’s an ideas share without an academic? Evolutionary biologist Corrie Schoeman enthusiastically threw off the covers on the evolutionary arms race going on between bats and moths, his ability to take complex subject matter and articulate them in clear and simple was characteristic of a great lecturer. What is evident from this Pecha-Kucha and those before, is that Durban is a diverse city filled with much talent. We cannot wait for the next one.