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#RightsNotGames makes protesting accessible for disabled people
• Duration: 00:09:23
12 Sep 17
Arjun Harrison-Mann talks ethical design at the Design Indaba Festival 2017.
How Isis Schiffer made the foldable bike helmet
• Duration: 00:07:19
1 Sep 17
The EcoHelmet made international headlines and won numerous awards.
Carina Bonse on developing the Swimming In It campaign to new heights
• Duration: 00:02:14
30 Aug 17
The Global Grad chatted with us about the challenges of educating the masses about Cape Town’s less than pristine beaches.
Exposing the fecal danger in our picturesque beaches with Carina Bonse
• Duration: 00:06:37
30 Aug 17
“People are concerned about what they put in their bodies, yet don’t know the effect that wastewater can have on their health.”
Blinky Bill brings African musical expression to the Design Indaba stage
• Duration: 00:18:42
23 Aug 17
The Kenyan musician, producer and DJ doesn’t care what African music is ‘supposed’ to sound like.
Furniture designer Stefan Diez on the value of designing process
22 Aug 17
The renowned German designer does not shy away from age-old materials and techniques.
Isabel Mager on how the making of tech devices carry untold human value
• Duration: 00:02:53
18 Aug 17
This designer explores design mechanisms broadly and how they affect culture and way of life.
Isabel Mager on identifying the human body behind the making of high-tech gadgets
• Duration: 00:12:04
18 Aug 17
What human narrative exists beneath our shiny 21st-century products?
Tea Uglow on the creative unknown and dispelling misplaced confidence in reality
• Duration: 00:31:26
16 Aug 17
Tea Uglow, the director of Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney on her work at the intersection of tech and creativity.
Marcus Engman on the value of curiosity and IKEA’s first African collaboration
• Duration: 00:03:01
14 Aug 17
IKEA's head of design chats with us about their upcoming African design collection created with Design Indaba, as well as the vision that drives his company.
Jesper Brodin & Marcus Engman on the start of IKEA’s new African collaboration
• Duration: 00:00:00
14 Aug 17
“We like to work in an open way, because we believe in that way of co-creating things.”
Bo-Won Keum on using design to help elevate the voices of prison inmates
• Duration: 00:11:22
11 Aug 17
The graphic designer worked on a monochromatic book that had handwritten book requests and thank you notes from US prison inmates.
Pauline Saglio makes digital design tangible
• Duration: 00:09:47
4 Aug 17
The media and interaction designer’s work challenges perceptions of interactive and digital projects.
Kaja Dahl on exploring the natural essence of Cape Town in scent form
• Duration: 00:08:31
2 Aug 17
She collected samples of soil, dried fynbos, wood, stone and seaweed to distil an accurate fragrance of the city’s landscape.
Design duo Dokter and Misses about the importance of the aesthetic function of products they create
• Duration: 00:26:21
31 Jul 17
“Aesthetic fuction is more important. How we designed what you don’t see,” on their wildly popular LALA Surma drinks cabinet.
Designing for an inclusive & considered future with Grace Jun
• Duration: 00:10:17
28 Jul 17
“Less about perfection, but rather a desire to have more options.”
Experience designer Nelly Ben Hayoun on colonising Mars with the worms from hell
• Duration: 00:47:34
26 Jul 17
In her Design Indaba Conference talk she introduces us to her project called The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking.
Filmmakers Lernert & Sander address piracy in the creative industry
• Duration: 00:35:03
21 Jul 17
Their approach to their talk at the Design Indaba Conference 2017 was no different to their stunningly cheeky designs.
Filmmaker and director Sunu Gonera on afrofuturism and getting branded content right
20 Jul 17
The Cannes Lions award-winning filmmaker believes in authentic African storytelling.
Marko Ahtisaari explains two revolutionary projects
• Duration: 00:02:53
18 Jul 17
The tech guru wants to replace medicine with music and use the Bitcoin system to overhaul the way artists are paid by streaming services.
Unwind: Music as an alternative to traditional medicine
• Duration: 00:22:12
17 Jul 17
Marko Ahtisaari presents Unwind, a global experiment in drug-free ways to treat physical and mental health.
Growing mushrooms in camel dung to raise planetary chickens
• Duration: 00:27:55
12 Jul 17
Belgian chicken artist Koen Vanmechelen and Zimbabwean activist Chido Govera talk about the Planetary Community Chicken Project at Design Indaba 2017.
Yinka Ilori on telling stories through furniture design
• Duration: 00:20:30
10 Jul 17
“If the chair you are sitting on could tell your story, would it be a dangerous or good thing?”
Kenyan photographer behind renegade grannies series chats Afrofuturism
• Duration: 00:02:06
26 Jun 17
For Osborne Macharia, Afrofuturism is about recreating a different Africa based on fantasy, fiction and history.
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