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George Gibbens is using design to tackle South Africa's social problems
The industrial designer has designed a VR device to help the visually impaired, a portable machine to fight shack fires and more.
This children's home enables residents to be part of the construction process
Langbos makes use of a simplified building process that ensures that anyone can build, eliminating heavy, expensive equipment and hard labour.
Gourmet Grubb on why they're incorporating insects into normal food like ice cream
“People arrived at our stand with the idea of creepy crawlies, and when they tasted the ice cream, they couldn't even believe that it was made from insects."
Sunu Gonera on working in Hollywood and why afrofuturism is not a new trend
“I think people are just trying to define what’s already happening on the ground.”
How this Cape Town publication is disrupting the way we write about food
“To us, the story of a street food vendor running a successful hole-in-the-wall shop is just as valid as a story about a celebrated chef."
Vukuzenzele is a digital puzzle game helping to redesign informal settlements
The game uses the concept of re-blocking to reimagine the layout of an informal settlement in order to create better access to basic services.
Meet the young designer making bold swimwear inspired by the shweshwe cloth
Mapitso Thaisi, who was part of this year's Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme, chats to us about her brand.
On Wikipedia and the one thing that’s eluded it: diversity
Its goal is to make accessible the sum of all human knowledge. Here’s how the online encyclopedia plans to achieve it.
MaXhosa launches rug collection and appoints new creative director
Changes are afoot for the acclaimed South African fashion brand.
On how South Africa's small, forgotten towns inspired Five Fingers for Marseilles
"The idea of a South African Western was probably sparked from the numerous road trips we were doing around the country at the time.”
Thabisa Mjo on using bold product design to tell stories
"I consider design a form of story-telling and design is the medium through which those stories are told."
Thandiwe Msebenzi uses photography to expose the consequences of misogyny
"I am harassed at least five times a day, 35 times per week...Now imagine what that must do to one psychologically.”
13 crafty creatives of product, interiors and industrial design
Insects, bottle caps, shapes and colours, are just some of the inspirations behind the work of these 2018 Emerging Creatives.
Photographs capture the dangerous practice of wine collecting in Namibia
The palm wine collectors in Namibia risk their lives for their cultural practice.
Artist Kgodisho Mowa’s conceptual posters tackle inequality
“The main message behind these photos is that countless people are fighting for equality and fairness."
6 young visual artists on our radar
Photography and Filmmaking from the eyes of this years Emerging Creatives.
On creating unique ceramics out of sand collected from all over the world
Lonny van Ryswyck talks about using sand from the depleted Theewaterskloof Dam to make the Design Indaba 2018 speakers gift, her process and more.
Morag Myerscough's design converted at Cape Town primary school to inspire kids
This project extends the life of ‘Embrace the Unknown’, the structure that was erected at Design Indaba Festival 2018.
Spanish mural artist, Okuda, uses art to bridge cultural borders
His murals have transformed degraded and abandoned buildings into unique colourful spaces around the world
Could wastewater biorefinery help in the Cape Town water crisis?
As we observe World Water Day, Cape Town's management of a severe drought is an example of what's to come.
This Bible-verse inspired building is snagging awards for its unique swan-like design
The distinctive roof is a pearly white concrete structure with sweeping, futuristic curves.
Cape Town entrepreneur is designing a new language around menstruation
Entrepreneur Zizipho Ntobongwana challenges everything from the packaging to ads to sustainability.
14 graphic designers to watch
These up and coming visual artist showed us a sneak peak into the future of graphic design in South Africa.
Designer Siyanda Mbele on fusing functionality, aesthetics and culture
By creating practical, locally made art and furniture, Mbele hopes to inspire younger South African designers to learn and teach.
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