a better world through creativity
About Design Indaba
Design Indaba News
News & Features
Video Archive (2006 – present)
Our database of African and international creatives and companies making waves in the design world.
- Any -
- Any -
-Track of the Week
-Design Indaba Campaigns
Point of View
Design Indaba News
-Do Tank News
The special power of disgust
15 Dec 14
It's time for aesthetics to reconsider the role of disgust as an emotion, says Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Merel Witteman.
Technology and textiles, knitted together
20 Nov 14
Dutch designer Borre Akkersdijk has created an eye-catching suit that is a wearable connected platform – with technological applications way beyond that.
A safer and speedier rescue
13 Nov 14
Spark Design and Innovation's inflatable raft uses an innovative tilting mechanism that makes it easier to pull rescue victims out of the water.
Matali Crasset on making baskets in Bulawayo
11 Nov 14
The French designer tells us in her own words about her time spent with Zimbabwean weavers developing baskets based on the gourd.
A next-generation tree harvester
10 Nov 14
Like the insect it is named after, the Gerridae harvester is light on its feet and the environment.
Replicating the mother's womb
4 Nov 14
A new infant care system proposes radically improved incubators that transmit the mother's heartbeat, breathing and voice.
Shining a light on workers’ safety
28 Oct 14
The new Halo Light is a multi-task light that ensures construction workers are visible from 600 metres away.
A toy that teaches empathy
15 Oct 14
Canadian industrial designer Ilana Ben-Ari’s puzzle game teaches the creative skills children won’t find in textbooks.
A step up
7 Oct 14
Michaella Janse van Vuuren's latest pieces take her technical proficiencies to new heights – and onto the fashion runway.
26 Aug 14
Product designer Alejandra Olivera turns seaweed into a new eco-friendly insulation material for informal housing.
A water pump for remote farmers
19 Aug 14
A new foot-operated irrigation device is capable of tripling the revenue of smallholder farmers, says its manufacturer.
15 Jul 14
Faithless percussionist Sudha Kheterpal wants to shake up the world to create clean energy for people without access to electricity.
8 Jul 14
This future-forward, environmentally friendly material finds an artful application in a project by Dutch designer Ineke Hans.
1 Jul 14
This electric push scooter by industrial design outfit eLabs is a made-in-South-Africa solution to inner-city congestion.
Ekasi Water Cap
17 Jun 14
Peter Krige has prototyped a pressure-tight closure that can be fitted onto easily available parts to create a shower for unplumbed homes.
Sign up to our newsletter
Sign up to Design Indaba Weekly for the latest design news and inspiration. Sign up to Design Indaba News for updates on Design Indaba events and projects.
Design Indaba (select one or both)
Weekly editorial newsletter
Festival and event updates
6 clever design solutions for pressing healthcare issues
28 Nov 19
Five examples of great design from Singapore
17 Sep 18
Designer Thebe Magugu explores escapism in his latest collection
1 Feb 18
This short film is a meditation on the joys girlhood
12 Feb 16
Tweets by @designindaba