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Wise Words – Part 1
26 Dec 14
A selection of memorable quotes from some of the most acclaimed designers and creative thinkers featured in the "Design Indaba All Stars" book.
#MakeChange: Think like a designer
22 Dec 14
Kosheek Sewchurran looks at how design thinking has been used to pioneer change in the business world. Can it do the same for the City of Cape Town?
How design can build a bridge between politics and the public
17 Dec 14
Danielle Arets and Thijs van Son report on the Dutch city of Eindhoven's shift to change its political machinations with the input of designers.
Daughter of the Niger Delta
12 Dec 14
Artist Zina Saro-Wiwa's new gallery space in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, honours her late father's activist legacy, beginning with its location – in his old office.
What design thinking can do for Africa
10 Dec 14
Instead of waiting for roads to be built designers are finding their own ways to overcome the continent's challenges, says Matthias Reichwald.
Can creativity save the world?
6 Dec 14
It's a loaded question, but eight designers gave us some thoughtful and inspiring answers.
Planning the Impossible
28 Nov 14
Kigali’s city planners have devised an ambitious plan to transform this quaint capital city into a regional powerhouse.
Illustration and I
25 Nov 14
Early encounters with children's book illustrations sparked Alan Dye's appreciation for the art in his work as a creative director.
10 ways to run a successful Kickstarter campaign
24 Nov 14
Shoe designer Sara Gulyas shares some astute and savvy advice gleaned from launching her start-up brand, Pikkpack, with funding from Kickstarter.
Design advice that applies to everyone
20 Nov 14
Leading creative thinkers give advice to aspiring artists and designers, but their philosophies really pertain to every field or creative endeavour.
18 Nov 14
Nick Finney, founder and creative director of NB Studio, ponders the role of time itself in producing "timeless design".
A street tailor on every corner
14 Nov 14
Fashion designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi left Ghana to study in London but chose to return home afterwards to set up her own accessories brand. She tells us why.
Why girls should code
5 Nov 14
Code4CT is getting girls to code – while arming them with a technical toolkit to take on leadership roles.
The playful portraitist
31 Oct 14
Patterns clash and cultures collide in Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj's striking portraits.
Internet inspiration: Threat or enabler?
29 Oct 14
Lazy man's library or a window onto the world? Four South African creatives tell us whether the internet stymies or aids their creative process.
Design advice from New York
22 Oct 14
Three New York design legends share lessons from their careers in graphic design.
John Vogel on making it as your own manufacturer
21 Oct 14
South African furniture designer John Vogel on being hands-on in the workshop and accessing the market in multiple ways.
Why formulas for creativity fail
14 Oct 14
Patrick Barron, who led the blockbuster "Dumb Ways to Die" campaign, says what works for one brand won't necessarily work for another.
Marching to her own Afrobeat
10 Oct 14
Buki Akib's luxurious fashion accessories capture the pulsating rhythms of her West African heritage.
What is the value of a national design policy?
8 Oct 14
Can getting design on the government's agenda really benefit working designers? We ask 7 presenters at next week's WDC2014 Design Policy Conference to weigh in.
The many uses of social media
7 Oct 14
The value of social media is shifting far beyond PR and marketing – and that's good news for creative enterprises, says Nadia Mannell of Meltwater Group.
A brief personal history of illustration
6 Oct 14
The legendary graphic designer Seymour Chwast gives us a bird's-eye view of the period styles that have shaped the industry.
Designing better HIV treatment
1 Oct 14
Digital designer Jepchumba tells us about the making of Aviro, a mobile app for HIV clinicians to accurately prescribe ARV medication.
How useful are ad awards?
23 Sep 14
What is the value of advertising awards to agencies? Do they have value outside of the industry? Four agency heavyweights share their thoughts.
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