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Kye Shimizu is coding to fix the wasteful fashion industry
9 Sep 19
His project Algorithmic Couture merges tradition and technology to produce zero-waste garments.
Kordae Henry imagines an alternative African history and future
20 Aug 19
The artist combines science fiction, Afrofuturism and cinema to speculate on the myths of the future.
Gordon Reid on embracing the weird in design
24 May 19
The graphic designer talks us through his design career and starting his own agency, Middleboop.
Freyja Sewell is designing cognitive training technology for the future
23 May 19
The Royal College of Art graduate’s work focuses on meditation and developing technology for the mind.
Adebayo Oke-Lawal is rethinking masculinity in African culture
22 May 19
The Nigerian designer’s brand Orange Culture embraces those who do not fit in and celebrates their individuality.
Kiko Farkas on nature's role in his work as a graphic designer
21 May 19
He took the Design Indaba audience through his most famous project and showcased how nature inspired it.
Steph Foster focuses his lens on the American prison system
20 May 19
Interdisciplinary artist Steph Foster is using his art to investigate and address what's wrong with the United States criminal justice system.
Faith XLVII on the power of collaboration
17 May 19
"Entering into collaborations with key people in my life has helped me rediscover my root inspiration."
Shaina Garfield on how we can benefit the Earth after death
16 May 19
She shared how her project Leaves proposes a sustainable coffin that will help the body decompose naturally.
Mirjam de Bruijn's work explores the border between function and aesthetics
15 May 19
She speaks about Twenty, a range of waterless dissolvable capsules that take away the need to use 80 - 95% water to make these products.
Tshepo Mokholo on the transformational power of architecture to inspire
14 May 19
The African Design Centre graduate on how growing up in an unusual house in Soweto would later inspire his career in design.
Carolien Niebling is creating the sausage of the future
14 May 19
Product designer Carolien Niebling believes that people can make a difference if they just take a moment to look at things a little differently.
How Hannah Barry is revolutionising the London art scene
13 May 19
She may not call herself an art curator but Hannah Barry explains how she revived an art scene via an abandoned car park.
Annabelle Selldorf on architecture's responsibility beyond the building
8 May 19
The veteran architect questions the greater role architects need to play after erecting projects in underresourced areas.
Ida is a non-invasive, painless way to test blood/glucose levels
7 May 19
“When designing for these diseases, you’re not designing to please or impress. You design because people are on fire and you might just have the water.”
Alice Rawsthorn on bad design
6 May 19
“We desperately need good design in this world and we desperately don't need bad design. That's why it's so important that we should come to terms with it.”
John Pawson on the discipline of minimalism
3 May 19
“It takes great discipline to reduce until you can't further subtract anymore."
Dong-Ping Wong on his ambitious work at FOOD architecture studio
1 May 19
The architect's projects include an idea for a pool that also purifies the East River as well as collaborations with Kanye West and Virgil Abloh.
Nicole Nomsa Moyo on building self-sufficient townships
30 Apr 19
Her thesis project Ukubutha looks at service delivery solutions in Mamelodi, a township in Pretoria.
Architecture's ability to alter narratives with Mariam Kamara
29 Apr 19
At Design Indaba Conference 2019, the Niger-born architect shared how she is using her work to shift perceptions of her home country.
Lucas De Man on being a creator and following your gut
26 Apr 19
“Designing shows that there’s so many possibilities because there is no one truth. There is power in not knowing.”
Ane Crabtree’s labour of creative love
25 Apr 19
“What I do is act like a kind of connector or conduit of emotion. Emotion in words, in pace, in visuals across the screen.”
Kagiso Lediga on storytelling, failure and staying true to who you are
23 Apr 19
“You need to be honest when you’re telling your story…it has to be a truth from inside.”
Designers Leta and Wade on living and working together successfully
22 Apr 19
The couple talked about honesty, creativity, their project Complements and the universal strangeness of love.
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