Design Indaba is an online publication (designindaba.com) with an annual festival and social impact do tank.
By attracting and featuring the world’s brightest talent since 1995, Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the creative landscape, led by its online design publication that features the best of the world's creativity, 365 days a year. Our three key pillars are design, creativity and innovation, and through our online publication and annual festival, Design Indaba aims to inspire and empower people to use creativity to drive a better future.
Designindaba.com is our online design publication that embodies how creativity and the design sectors are actively driving a better world. It has taken the place of the award-winning print version, Design Indaba Magazine, which was published from 2001 to 2011.
Our focus is African and global creativity, through the lens of the work and ideas of leading thinkers and doers, opinion formers, trendsetters and industry experts.
In conjunction with Design Indaba’s foray into Africa at the 2014 Expo with the Africa is Now exhibition, designindaba.com has taken on the endeavour to become the leading voice on African design, creativity and innovation.
Our core values are education, inspiration and activation. Through designindaba.com we endeavour to inspire and empower our global audience to use creativity to build a better world.
Our content surveys every facet of design. Designindaba.com offers world design news and features on up-to-the-minute trends and innovation, image galleries featuring the best of the creative industries, exclusive filmed interviews and design series, videos of Design Indaba conference talks, and a design directory representing global creative thought leaders.
We have an activist orientation and not just a journalistic focus. We use our platform as a driver of change and to harness design and innovation to serve people.
We feature design for the 99% – with particular emphasis on creativity from Africa – and design that’s linked to improving the quality of life.
As a brand we champion the notion that creativity and design have the power to fuel an economic revolution not only in South Africa, but globally. For 20 years, we have scoured the globe partnering with designers that personify this notion and are the leading innovators in their respective fields. Sharing the knowledge we have gained and connections we have made has become our full-time pursuit.
Design Indaba Festival
Established in 1995 with its globally acclaimed Design Indaba Conference, the Design Indaba brand has evolved into a multidisciplinary platform that champions all of the creative sectors. The annual Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town now also includes the highly popular Design Indaba Expo, FilmFest, Music Circuit, multiple Simulcast versions of the Conference in cities around South Africa, and other special events. Go to our Festival page for the latest programme or download our Festival App for updates.
Design Indaba Do Tank
As a preeminent creative platform we set our own precedent. We are constantly tackling new self-initiative projects that lead the way in utilising and showcasing the power of creativity, collaboration and canny commercialism. Beyond just reportage, we embody storymaking in action.
As part of the Design Indaba Do Tank platform, we play host to a variety of bespoke community initiatives, training workshops, design projects and publications, many of which are funded by the not-for-profit organisation, Design Indaba Trust.
Sponsorship evaluation and economic impact
Every year Design Indaba produces an independently audited economic impact report as part of its annual Sponsorship Evaluation.
Design Indaba offers standard advertising packages and bespoke sponsorship opportunities for designindaba.com, Design Indaba TV, the Design Indaba event app and the Design Indaba video app.
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Design Indaba®, Cape Town Design Week® and South African Design Week® are registered trademarks of Interactive Africa.
Design Indaba is the founding event of the Cape Town Design FestivalTM and South African Design FestivalTM.