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Sphelele Gumede creates menacing characters using vivid colours
11 Sep 19
In his series 52.177 the illustrator explores his personal inspirations.
Emerging creative Wandile Leeu on bridging the gap between tradition and cool
• Duration: 00:01:48
2 Sep 19
“The whole essence behind us establishing the brand was to celebrate the city and the people and the mentality of what Joburg is about.”
Caroline Smeenk makes it easier for rural women to independently monitor their health
• Duration: 00:02:17
11 Jul 19
"Antenna helps you broaden your horizons and scope of what you see as design."
Cairo’s underground youth & the gender divide in this growing subculture
3 Jun 19
“I think although people are trying to break through some norms and cultural rules, gender remains something that they still can’t break.”
Ethical, local fashion in Kampala
• Duration: 00:03:09
7 May 19
Ugandan-born fashion designer Edward Sempa talks about how the fashion industry across the world is changing to suit our desire for instant gratification.
Spanish mural artist, Okuda, uses art to bridge cultural borders
24 Apr 19
His murals have transformed degraded and abandoned buildings into unique colourful spaces around the world
Lemn Sissay on the importance of daily acts of creativity
20 Mar 19
Sissay talks to us about taking creative risks and where he finds inspiration to write a new poem every morning.
Cyborg artists Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas on physically merging oneself with technology
19 Mar 19
“I think the more we design ourselves the less we’ll have to design the planet and the less we’ll have to change it.”
Malawian artist Samson Kambalu on the non-Western ways of crafting a narrative
• Duration: 00:02:56
15 Mar 19
The multimedia artist says there’s no such thing as a passive audience in Africa.
Uganda's maker space aiming to transform science education in the country
• Duration: 00:04:09
5 Mar 19
Science education should be hands-on and interactive, says Fundi Bots founder Solomon King Benge.
Watch: Designing near death with the student who created her own coffin
28 Feb 19
Shaina Garfield is one of 12 graduates who are speaking at Design Indaba Festival 2019.
Anarchic creativity in Accra with Francis Kokoroko & Daniel Quist
• Duration: 00:02:40
26 Feb 19
“We are easily bored, so we are always pushing ourselves to be creative. With photography, with fashion, with whatever we do – we try to do what’s different.”
Ugandan graduate on BreastIT, a cancer-detecting glove
• Duration: 00:04:07
4 Feb 19
Moris Atwine talks about his team’s award-winning breast cancer detection app.
Ethiopian designer Seminas Hadera reveals the country's identity through graphic design
24 Jan 19
Addis Ababa-based creative agency uses visual communication to shape an image of Ethiopia that is true to its culture.
In remembrance of Hugh Masekela
23 Jan 19
A year after his death, you take the wheel in an interview with the legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela.
Student designer Felix Ros on making autonomous driving more human
23 Jan 19
The cognitive designer on humble interactions and how we use the products of the future.
Nigerian entrepreneur Oluseun Onigbinde on forming a transparent government
• Duration: 00:03:00
21 Jan 19
He founded BudgIT to help the citizens of the country understand the way the government spends money.
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