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This museum preserves Brazil's cultural and craft memory
The A CASA Museum of the Brazilian Object has dedicated 21 years to preserving the rich cultural history of the Brazilian people.
Kiko Farkas on nature's role in his work as a graphic designer
He took the Design Indaba audience through his most famous project and showcased how nature inspired it.
The eco-friendly benefits of a busted smartphone
“This project takes the seemingly catastrophic moment in which the smartphone breaks as an opportunity to redefine the value of the expired object.”
Alexis Peskine explores the black experience through unconventional mediums
He speaks on his Afro-French heritage, immigration and the global black experience.
Manufactured Cities: A Case Study of the First Smart City in Brazil
In 2017, ArchDaily Brazil reported that Smart City Laguna would become the first “smart city” in Brazil.
Material and Immaterial Poetry: The Work of Lina Bo Bardi
27 years after her death Brazilian designer Lina Bo Bardi is still seen as an icon in the architecture industry.
Award-winning Brazilian designer to speak on his 30-year journey
The award-winning designer, Kiko Farkas will speak at the Design Indaba Conference 2019 on his remarkable career.
Elaine Ramos: "A good cover captures the essence of the book.”
The former art director at Cosac Naify, Ramos uses the production of books as an exercise in experimental design.
Felipe Taborda on Latin American graphic design, Beatles album covers and his latest project
He is working with 32 top graphic designers, each one representing one of the 32 countries that will play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
How do you tackle piracy, the refugee crisis and learning new language using design?
These Design Indaba 2017 speakers are leading the way.
Joias is a product line that merges Belgian and Brazilian craftsmanship
This project merges crafts, social engagement, design and human contact.
Photo series pokes fun at conventional glamour photography
Kolor Art Collective presents their latest tongue-in-cheek offering with Pol Kurucz at the helm.
Kolor Art Collective’s latest work questions what it means to be ‘normal’
Photographed by Pol Kurucz, the brazenly avant-garde series defies conventionalities.
Poor Billionaires photo series satirises the deep social void of Brazil
This Kolor Art Collective project uses glamour and absurdity to criticise profound income inequality.
Marvel meets Orishas: Transforming African gods into superheroes
Brazilian illustrator Hugo Canuto turned Yoruba African gods into western superheroes.
Dancing through difficulty
Liberty Express is a dance, film and cultural exchange project for children living in poverty.
Beginning of Life
Take a look at the live production that depicted the earliest years of life on Earth.
Anti-Human: An avant-garde photo series from the Kolor Art Collective
Rio de Janeiro’s Kolor Art Collective present their latest photo series highlighting animal abuse
‘The Crying Forest’: a striking reminder of the forces ravaging the Amazon
Philippe Echaroux’s artistic protest against the destruction of the rainforest.
Kolor Collective: Afro-feminism in Rio de Janeiro
The latest series by Brazil-based artists Kolor Art Collective is a tribute to the combined strength of two emancipating forces: feminism and the afro culture.
Fred Gelli on designing an Olympic identity that connects anyone and everyone
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.
Frederico Gelli: Branding and the shared-value perspective
For co-founder of Tátil Design Fred Gelli, branding can be both sustainable and of value to the consumer.
The TransBrasil project explores gender identity through photography
Brazil is reportedly the world’s most violent place for transgender people. Jetmir Idrizi’s photo series documents the country's persecuted community.
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