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0.9 grams of brass: A brass paper clip that symbolises a cow’s life
See how graduate student Adelaide Lala Tam uses this project as a metaphor for the life cycle of a cow.
Lucas De Man uses art to help bring more social cohesion to our cities
His latest project called EYE humanises the anonymous city by giving it eyes and offering visitors new perspectives.
Ukubutha: A township hub powered by smart architecture and green tech
A central hub might be able to provide a safe environment, clean water, solar energy and on-site recycling in underdeveloped townships.
Scribble is a touch-activated joystick for semi-autonomous driving
Currently there is no middle ground between the car taking the wheel or its driver, this is where Scribble comes in.
A simple brass paper clip wins at the Future Food Design Awards
0.9 Grams of Brass, a project by designer Adelaide Lala Tam, tells a complicated story through a seemingly banal object.
The Frame Awards 2019 will honour the world’s best interiors
The international jury includes former Design Indaba speaker, Yinka Ilori.
Tik-Tik helps make freedom of movement easier for the visually impaired
The blind designer Simon Dogger who spoke at this year's Design Indaba tells us about his latest project.
Friends forever – until the connection drops
Just how will artificial intelligence affect the world of design and the job of the designer? It could become a win-win situation.
The Final Five: antenna 2018 is right on our doorstep
These creatives make up the list of 20-plus graduates who will present projects that change the world of tomorrow.
Meet the young innovators at antenna’s first exhibition
It’s an evolution of the first antenna conference which took place at Dutch Design Week last year.
Turning sadness into power with the Tear Gun
Taiwanese designer transforms emotional frustration into an expression of design.
Five talented young designers to watch at antenna 2018
From communication to food to medical care, these graduates are redesigning our world multiple industries at a time.
Art collective tells painful stories of the displaced
Foundland Collective uses research, art and design to track the traumatic stories of people affected by forced migration.
Empathy: a quality that binds design across disciplines
Here are five more antenna 2018 speakers and a little bit about why we chose them.
Behind antenna and its impact on future changemakers in design
“Antenna gave us a platform to share a story and to be bold about it. I don’t know if other graduate programmes like this exist.”
These graduates want to change the world in ways we never thought possible
Antenna 2018 is here! Meet the first five speakers for the global design platform.
Meet the three nominees for the Future Food Design Awards
They were selected out of 50 entries from 30 different countries.
Dutch designer, artist and entrepreneur.
Fernando Laposse's Totomoxtle shortlisted for the 2018 Beazley Designs of the Year
"The world market has forced the price of corn to reduce drastically. This has made traditional methods of harvesting corn not economically viable anymore."
3 projects that predict the future of food, travel and architecture
These three young graduates formed part of the inaugural Antenna event organised by Design Indaba and Dutch Design Week.
Lonny van Ryswyck on the importance of looking after our diminishing resources as designers
In her 2018 Design Indaba Conference talk she takes us through her projects including, A World of Sand, where people donated sand from all over the world.
Entries for the second Future Food Design Awards are now open
Set to be held during this year’s annual Dutch Design Week, the competition is seeking to solidify the connection between the worlds of food and design.
Dutch designer, artist and entrepreneur, Joris Laarman to speak at Design Indaba 2019
“I don’t do things with a goal in my head. I just do them to discover things.”
Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo appointed ambassador for Dutch Design Week 2018
Alongside Laurens van den Acker and Wendy Plomp, he'll be bringing his trademark activism and sense of purpose to this year's event.
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