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Anti-Trump patrons put their money where their politics are
This New York bar donates 100 per cent of their profit to causes that are fighting Trump
Is wearing jeans bad for the environment?
According to researchers, the answer is a bit more complicated than that
A photographer is building a photographic ark of animals before they go extinct
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's project The Photo Ark currently holds photos of over 6500 distinct animal species.
Combatting Algeria’s harsh weather conditions with houses made from plastic bottles
These durable homes are safely housing the region’s refugee population.
5 oddball designs for the dinner plate
Where the worlds of cuisine and design-thinking collide.
The Hausa People: Unique civilisation captured in graphic design
A comprehensively designed manual on one of Africa’s largest ethnic groups.
Halfway to Nowhere
This artist depicts self-doubt and the struggle for acceptance in quirky style.
Pedaling for clean air
A new addition to the Smog Free Project, and it comes in bicycle-form.
High-tech hopes for hearing loss
A breakthrough home-use technology for early detection of tinnitus
5 stories that show technology combined with bugs can result in great design
Proof that RoboCop isn’t the only one to benefit from a mecha-treatment.
More than just transport: 5 unique renditions of the modern car
A look at some weird and innovative experiments in the world of car design.
Collaborative cartography for a good cause
A citizen-powered navigation app to benefit visually impaired folks.
How to help refugees feel at home
Innovators, creatives and philanthropists around the world are working on apps and online platforms that help refugees feel at home in unfamiliar places.
Two campaigns that raise awareness by altering public spaces
In this age of digital marketing and social media, these campaigns prove physical installations remain potent in generating awareness.
The Dark Room
Expat photographer illustrates the nature of depression in surreal gloom.
A delicate portrayal of brutality
This artist depicts the subject of sex inequality in a stylised and all-encompassing way.
World Water Day 2017 will look at the way we manage the precious resource during every part of the water cycle.
A look into the volume of the internet
How much do you know about the design of the worldwide web?
This film documents the unspoken cost of the global fashion industry.
The final Dispatch from Day 3 of Design Indaba 2017
On the third and final day of Design Indaba, themes on stage recalled themes of the previous two days and introduced a new one that advocates for the unknown.
Capturing Cape Town’s scent with Kaja Solgaard Dahl
This designer is fascinated with creativity that uplifts our sensory experiences.
What is a bank doing at a design conference?
The world needs more design-centric companies, run by design-minded people, to create products and processes with human wants, needs and behaviours in mind.
The Shadow Self
Young Algerian designer touches on complex psychology with minimal artworks.
Future technologies: Ideas that are changing our world
At Design Indaba Conference 2017, we've gathered the greatest minds in the tech industries. From the founder of Airbnb to MIT fellows, the best grads and more.
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