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Zinhle Zulu’s graphic novel is the story of Nandipha, the protector of the Zulu Kingdom
“It deals with a girl who is kinda stuck between worlds like me. She is from the hood but also from suburbia.”
Jimmy Wales speaks on diversity and the value of knowledge in multiple languages
"What matters is that you have knowledge in your mother tongue."
Triggerfish launches free online platform for animators
“The South African animation industry is growing - and so is the demand for skilled animators globally.”
Thulisizwe Mamba gives identity to the new way of talking with emojis on social media.
Tandekile Mkize on unafraid self-expression using film, photography and fashion
Tandekile Mkize gives us an inside look into his bold and unapologetic work, which he exhibited at Design Indaba Festival 2019
The whimsical illusions of Moography
This visual artist turns the common smartphone into an eccentric, interactive toy.
Hafeez Floris captures the other side of South Africa's townships
His photography shows the more childlike and creative side to people in areas like Manenberg and Soweto.
Design Indaba Emerging Creatives: Where are they now?
We talk to some of the South African creatives who used the programme as a career launchpad.
Celeste Arendse on sustainable and ethical fashion
The Cape Town fashion designer has gone from being inspired by Picasso and rock art to more neutral tones with classic silhouettes.
Mapitso Thaisi talks culture, fashion and recognising Africa's impact
The law graduate-cum-designer chats to us about her Basotho inspired swimwear range, Shweshwekini.
Using unconventional materials to create wearable art
Shaline Naicker uses photochromic lenses within her work as she focuses on merging technology and fashion.
Gourmet Grubb makes the world’s first insect-derived dairy alternative
Leah Bessa takes us behind the scenes at her new pop-up restaurant in Woodstock, The Insect Experience by Gourmet Grubb.
Max-Gordon Stoffberg on community empowerment and creativity
“I have a willingness to reach out to the marginalised in society. I believe everyone has equal potential power and everyone has unique gifts & talents.”
Chad Hanning on the importance of street art
“I believe in how powerful street art is and use it to give a place life or a feeling.”
Ndumiso Nyoni uses striking geometric illustrations to celebrate women
The graphic designer and illustrator talks to us about the inspiration behind the African Sisters project.
Thaakierah Abdul is using graphic design to push for Cape Malay recognition
The 2018 Design Indaba Emerging Creative draws inspiration from her family and people in the streets like informal traders.
Photographer Cole Ndelu explores the dissonance of masculine femininity
“Seeing masculinity and femininity outside of the norm must become the norm.”
Six designers tackle sustainability from food, waste and even death
These Design Indaba 2019 speakers are working to design more sustainable methods and products.
Crystal Birch invites us into her hat wonderland
The hat designer, stylist and milliner takes us behind the scenes of how she comes up with her playful designs.
Durban students initiate a space to foster more campus interaction
The Level Six project is the first student-led project guided by professionals to come out of Durban University of Technology.
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Creating art out of scrap engine parts
Kara Schoeman creates intricate art bowls out of recycled metals.
Mzukisi Mbane’s imprint on African fashion
The Design Indaba Emerging Creative on building a global brand that pays homage his identity and celebrates femininity.
Primrose Chimhanda on nature as inspiration for her textile designs
“Each design is inspired by a form of nature which represents an expression of the most powerful lessons I’ve learnt.”
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