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Lakwena Maciver: A little bit of Africa on every street
• Duration: 00:03:59
16 Dec 14
This Ugandan-British artist turns words into titanic pops of colour on city streets all over the world.
Yinka Ilori: Chairs tell stories too
• Duration: 00:05:11
9 Dec 14
We pull up a seat with this Nigerian-British designer to hear how he draws on his heritage to create once-off pieces.
Sindiso Khumalo: I’m a textile nerd
• Duration: 00:05:14
2 Dec 14
This South African-born fashion designer tells us how she draws on her Zulu and Ndebele heritage for her bespoke collections.
Weaving new ways of thinking
25 Nov 14
Sabrina Kraus López teaches Berber weavers in rural Morocco to look with new eyes at their culture for design inspiration.
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi: It's time for African fashion to shine
• Duration: 00:03:47
24 Nov 14
The Ghanaian designer behind AAKS accessories brand tells us why she thinks Africa's time has come.
Alberto Alessi: What defines Italian design?
• Duration: 00:03:41
21 Nov 14
The man who brought us the Anna G corkscrew confronts the impact of globalisation on Italian design.
Wangechi Mutu: I'm interested in how the eye can trick you
• Duration: 00:06:28
18 Nov 14
The Nairobi-born artist tells us about the making of her first video animation, "The End of Eating Everything".
Lara Bohinc: I was dying to design something really big
• Duration: 00:03:30
13 Nov 14
The jewellery designer tells us how collaborating with large-scale producers enabled her to branch out.
Teaching the next generation of tech trailblazers
• Duration: 00:05:42
12 Nov 14
Judith Owigar, president of Akirachix, talks tech and its ability to empower young women in Kenya.
Evans Wadongo: The little light that could
• Duration: 00:04:25
4 Nov 14
Kenyan engineer and businessman Evans Wadongo tells us about his award-winning MwangaBora light and creating a sustainable economy in rural areas.
Make. Change: A DIY sleeping bag for the homeless
• Duration: 00:04:34
3 Nov 14
Meet Jo Maxwell, an ordinary citizen who prototyped a sleeping bag made of newspaper and plastic bags that has been distributed to more than 20,000 people.
Studio Propolis: The labourers of love
• Duration: 00:03:53
30 Oct 14
Inside the Nairobi-based workshop of Naeem Biviji and Bethan Rayner, a husband-and-wife team who make all their own designs by hand.
Inside Kenya's iHub
28 Oct 14
The iHub is the heart centre of Kenya's tech revolution. We took its pulse on this tour inside.
SEVEN THIRTY Films: Capturing Kenyan perspectives in film
• Duration: 00:04:23
27 Oct 14
The sister duo behind this filmmaking studio tells us about the opportunities and challenges of being creative in Kenya.
Gavin Elder: A backstage pass
• Duration: 00:05:59
23 Oct 14
South African filmmaker Gavin Elder talks about his lucky break filming Duran Duran, working with artists and what he learnt from David Lynch.
Colin Charles: The biggest mistake Western advertisers make in Africa
• Duration: 00:04:32
21 Oct 14
The executive creative director of Publicis West Africa tells us how he goes about making ads for Ghanaian audiences.
Nikki Gonnissen: No more rotten tomatoes
14 Oct 14
The Amsterdam-based graphic designer tells us why she stepped out of her comfort zone to design for the Dutch Socialist Party.
Mark Kaigwa: Tracking digital trends in East Africa
8 Oct 14
The Nairobi-based social media strategist and blogger tells us where digital technology is heading in Kenya.
What's in a brief?
1 Oct 14
Watch Tom Bassett's documentary "Briefly", featuring interviews with top designers such as Frank Gehry, Yves Béhar and David Rockwell.
Max Kisman: Creating visual headlines
• Duration: 00:03:40
1 Oct 14
The Dutch typographer and illustrator's iconic posters "subtract the noise" but speak volumes.
Stephen Doyle: Magic, nonsense and macramé
• Duration: 00:06:08
23 Sep 14
The New York-based graphic designer's love for words is so big, he's not content to leave them on the page.
Working on Water
16 Sep 14
Watch the full episode from Al Jazeera's Rebel Architecture series on Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi's groundbreaking projects in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Niklaus Troxler: All that jazz
10 Sep 14
We chat to Swiss graphic designer and jazz aficionado Niklaus Troxler about his twin passions.
Common Methods: Part 2
8 Sep 14
In our second video covering the Common Methods project, we chat to Natalie du Toit, Phil Procter and Charles Haupt about their power of collaboration.
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