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The Venus Bushfires on storytelling and bridging the middle
• Duration: 00:14:59
11 Mar 16
Helen Isibor-Epega, who performs as The Venus Bushfires, is an optimist, dreamer and musical storyteller who uses her art to build bridges across cultures.
Rich Mnisi on building a fresh fashion brand in South Africa
• Duration: 00:06:29
13 May 16
South African designer Rich Mnisi shares his creative journey (catwalk included) as part of the Global Graduates selection at Design Indaba Conference 2016.
Pia Nyakairu on products that help form connections
• Duration: 00:06:41
16 May 16
Ugandan industrial designer Pia Nyakairu shares her work on products that aid connection as part of Design Indaba’s Global Graduates programme.
Thomas Chapman on reconnecting a fractured city
• Duration: 00:25:28
17 May 16
South African architect Thomas Chapman is fixing the past using layers of new design.
Tony Gum on nourishing and celebrating your personal art
• Duration: 00:08:23
18 May 16
Still an undergraduate, Tony Gum calls herself an “artist in learning” and talks about how she is still learning to celebrate and understand her art.
Twins Cartoon on comics as power, beauty and expression
• Duration: 00:23:32
20 May 16
Identical twin brothers Mohamed and Haitham El-seht are at the heart of Egypt’s creative scene.
Studio [D] Tale on design activism and innovation within existing systems
• Duration: 00:21:57
23 May 16
Social impact designers Studio [D] Tale talk about innovating within informal economies and interventions in existing, sometimes backward, systems.
Dominic Wilcox on thinking your way out of the normal
• Duration: 00:30:48
7 Jun 16
Here's a taster from the whimsical, stirring talk from British product designer Dominic Wilcox on how to hunt for new ideas in the everyday.
Margaret Calvert on work and play over 60 years in graphic design
• Duration: 00:27:34
15 Jun 16
South African-born graphic designer Margaret Calvert, OBE is best known for the signs she helped design for Britain's roads. You can now watch her full talk.
Benjamin Hubert on how to redesign the way you work to make a bigger, better impact
• Duration: 00:39:34
21 Jun 16
Design by numbers. British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert shares a bit of data about his journey through the design industry.
Kazuya Kawasaki on biohacking the fashion industry
24 Jun 16
Speculative designer and Keio University student Kazuya Kawasaki grows new materials for the fashion industry.
Sou Fujimoto on multi-layered and conceptual architecture
• Duration: 00:24:17
28 Jun 16
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s philosophical body of work explores architecture that doesn’t dictate any particular behaviour to its users.
Francois Knoetze on representations of waste and consumer culture
• Duration: 00:07:00
5 Jul 16
Performance artist Francois Knoetze's trash monsters are a bleak and beautiful reflection of our consumer culture and the waste it creates.
Basia Dzaman on the intersection of robotics and creativity
11 Jul 16
A Polish student from the School of Form in Poznań, Poland has designed a robotic arm that reimagines the lost art of snutki.
Christophe Guberan on textiles that transform
• Duration: 00:07:53
26 Jul 16
Swiss product designer Christophe Guberan presents as one of Design Indaba's Global Graduates on active textiles.
Fred Gelli on designing an Olympic identity that connects anyone and everyone
• Duration: 00:33:33
4 Aug 16
Co-founder of Tátil Design Fred Gelli talks about the award-winning firm’s ten design principles and what inspired the Olympic and Paralympic logo.
How Far From Home on over 100 000 kilometres of creative enlightenment
• Duration: 00:00:00
10 Aug 16
South Africans Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger abandoned the comforts of home to reinvigorate their creativity.
Snask on the power of provocative branding
• Duration: 00:38:22
23 Aug 16
Stockholm-based creative agency Snask is known for rockstar-inspired, pink, provocative designs.
Alex McDowell on telling stories that shape the future
1 Sep 16
A veteran of the cinematic arts, renowned designer Alex McDowell believes that storytelling has the power to influence design.
Lava Lab on the millennial renaissance
• Duration: 00:32:57
9 Sep 16
Members of Amsterdam-based studio Lava Lab, Cecilia Martin and Klasien van de Zandschulp are risk takers with a deliberately disruptive approach to work.
Erik Kessels on the power of failure
• Duration: 00:50:38
16 Sep 16
Do not fear failure; move towards your mistakes. Dutch advertising guru Erik Kessels shares some industry wisdom at the Design Indaba Conference.
Yogita Agrawal on design for impact in India
• Duration: 00:06:35
22 Sep 16
Design Indaba Global Graduate Yogita Agrawal shares two of her projects: a wearable that uses human movement to power a light and a soap pen to improve hygiene.
NB Studio on being brave, bold and creatively courageous
• Duration: 00:25:45
30 Sep 16
London-based creative agency NB Studio created a theatrical only-at-Design Indaba experience with a play that reveals the tensions at a design pitch.
Turn Table: The Anatomy of a Pitch
• Duration: 00:40:56
30 Sep 16
In the most creatively courageous way, London-based creative agency NB Studio wrote a play of their Design Indaba Conference Talk.
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