a better world through creativity
About Design Indaba
Design Indaba News
News & Features
Video Archive (2006 – present)
Our database of African and international creatives and companies making waves in the design world.
Not for art’s sake
Senegalese digital artist Mamadou Wane on the tools that give abstract art a tangible form
Telling positive African stories through photography
An interview with Senegalese photographer Abdoulaye Ndao.
Portraits of Senegal
Captivating images of offbeat moments on the streets of Senegal.
(P)residant: Those who don't let go of power
"I call them 'les presidents residants' because they never want to leave power once in the seat." – Fabrice Monteiro, photographer, Dakar.
Young, fashionable and made in Dakar
Three young fashion designers on being creative and running fashion houses in Dakar.
The rhythm of weaving in Senegal
French weaver and designer Johanna Bramble talks us through tradition and texture in her Senegalese studio.
"We already live in a dystopian world" – Fabrice Monteiro
Senegalese photographer Fabrice Monteiro believes we are already living in a dystopian world, on an earth that humans have made sick.
Design Indaba to collaborate with IKEA
Design Indaba is proud to announce a collaboration with global homeware giant IKEA, set to launch at the Design Indaba Festival 2017.
Photographer Siaka Soppo Traoré creates a bridge between two urban cultures
These expressive photographs capture the feeling of hip hop culture in Dakar and Douala.
Architecture with a twist
A list of cool and quirky buildings from around the world.
Antoine Tempé: Documenting West African culture
French photographer Antoine Tempé has been living in Dakar, Senegal and works on portraits and documenting contemporary West African culture.
Journal Rappe: Rappers and politics in Senegal
Senegalese hip-hop duo Journal Rappé have made news in Senegal interesting to young people by rapping weekly roundups in their television show.
Dakar's Creatives: A photo series that captures the city's movers and shakers
In this photographic series by Jean Baptiste Joire we see Dakar's young creative agents in places in the city that inspire them.
Ibaaku: Creating unique African beats
While in Dakar, we talked to Senegalese music producer Ibaaku about his hypnotic afro-beats.
Contemporary ceramics capture the African heritage
Senegalese ceramicist Fatimata Ly creates contemporary products with a strong sense of African heritage.
Senegalese sneakers by Nio Far
Nnema, which means comfort, is the latest collection by Senegalese shoe brand Nio Far by Milcos.
Modern art that celebrates the African heritage
Travel and experiences in Africa gave French artist Doline Legrand Diop an artistic mission.
Senegalese village is thriving because of this one building
Thread Artists’ Residency and Cultural Centre fosters creativity and enterprise in a remote village in Senegal.
A taste of Dakar with a touch of nostalgia
This recent winter campaign was shot by South African photographer Rudi Geyser against the backdrop of Dakar's old train station.
Producer Ibaaku on the avant-garde in Senegal
Alien Cartoon marked the birth of a new wave of music in Senegal. Its creator Ibaaku tells us about what inspired the album.
Four ways Africa can influence design
A core theme of the What Design Can Do conference explores what Africa can do for Europe. These are the experts called upon for answers.
Welcome to Wes Africa: A new fashion campaign with a touch of nostalgia
Online fashion store Superbalist presents a Wes Anderson-inspired cinematic winter campaign shot in Dakar, Senegal. We'd like to share it with you.
Senegalese inventor is empowering communities through solar power
Dubbed as Senegal’s “Mr. Sun”, Abdoulaye Touré has been designing solar powered ovens since the 1990s and is now taking his solar powered dreams across Africa.
Ousmane Mbaye turns discarded metals into sculptural furniture
Digging through the landfills of Dakar, Ousmane Mbaye sees design materials where others see trash.
Sign up to our newsletter
Sign up to Design Indaba Weekly for the latest design news and inspiration. Sign up to Design Indaba News for updates on Design Indaba events and projects.
Design Indaba Weekly
Design Indaba Weekly
Promotions or Competitions
Design Indaba Daily (coming soon)
Design Indaba News
Latest Conference Talk
No flash player has been set up.
Please select a player to play Flash videos.
Fashion is sustainable when it's DIY
• Duration: 00:08:29
24 Apr 17
Dutch designer Vera de Pont presented her project on DIY fashion and the future of the industry as one of the Design Indaba Global Graduates 2016.
Watch full talk >
AFRICA. NOW. West Africa
For the next instalment of Design Indaba’s Africa.Now. series our journalists investigate design and creativity in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
23 May 15
5 design projects saving the oceans
8 Jun 15
The unspoken cost of precious metals
27 Mar 17
This short film is a meditation on the joys girlhood
12 Feb 16
Tweets by @designindaba