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Diversifying media imagery to include more ethnicities with TONL
This agency works to arm advertisers and designers with the tools to represent all races in their campaigns, not just one.
Katy Pyle’s Ballez is the inclusive dance studio you’ve been waiting for
The New York City-based studio reimagines what ballet can be.
Studio Lani's versatile Talking Tables win at the NYC WantedDesign Launch Pad
"Hand-welded steel, hand-turned wood and woven leather unite to form the sculptural and versatile nature of these pieces."
Beautiful Boy by Lissa Rivera explores the visual language of gender
Celebrating gender identity as a repertoire, not a classification.
Students create furniture for people living with Alzheimer’s
The collection, Design for the Mind, was created with help from medical and social experts.
This web-series tackles social justice through the eyes of a 9-year old girl
Little Apple takes on racism, sexism and gentrification in this sci-fi drama.
This footwear startup is using 3D imaging technology to give you the perfect fit
True Gault deliberately avoids traditional sizing to ensure a truly comfortable shoe.
Check out Dress Code’s Coke Habit
This animated short film provides a unique take on the complexities of childhood addiction.
African Photography comes back to New York
In a second co-curated exhibition, our media partner Nataal brings a selection of African photographers to New York.
Eddie Opara: Always a work in progress
A brief jaunt through design, part three. Today we share a short interview with innovative graphic designer Eddie Opara.
DuoSkin: Tattoos that work as on-skin interfaces
MIT have developed DuoSkin, a metallic tattoo that enables you to use your skin as an interface to control devices, receive data and communicate.
Giorgia Lupi: Drawing from life
A brief jaunt through design, part two. Today we share a short interview with emotional data translator Giorgia Lupi.
Nelly Ben Hayoun: An impolite future hero
A brief jaunt through design, part one. Today we begin with a designer who tries to put volcanoes in your living room.
Look Up – an app designed to stop New Yorkers staring at the mobile phones
Socially-focussed artist, designer and 2017 Design Indaba speaker, Ekene Ijeoma, has found a way to humanise intangible data to trigger empathy and compassion.
Let the children play!
Play Pallets has devised a solution to afford kids, regardless of their economic circumstance or war-torn location, an all-important opportunity to play.
The art of Lina Viktor makes black womanhood the focus
Using 24-karat gold, the New York City-based artist elevates the power of identity.
Refugee chefs share the taste of home
Eat Offbeat: An unprecedented cookbook featuring recipes and stories by refugees now working as chefs in New York City.
MOLD: A focus on the future of food
This new independent publication focusses on the future of food and how design can help feed a hungry planet.
Co-founder of Snøhetta, architect Craig Dykers is interested in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being.
Masters in the art of freestyling it
We chat to Freestyle Love Supreme ahead of their Design Indaba daily wrap ups and once-off performance this Thursday at Nightscape. Get your tickets now!
New York’s School of Visual Arts brings its Underground Images exhibition to Design Indaba Festival 2017
Underground Images is a collection of more than 50 posters created at SVA for display in the NY subway system.
Celestial jukeboxes: Music should (and can) support universal health and well being
How does music affect our minds? And how can we use it as a form of medicine? The founder of "music as medicine" platform The Sync Project explains.
Students harness the sun to purify water
This device could aid households that only have access to contaminated water.
Brand this: Coca Cola, Spotify and Miss Piggy
Fuelled by Oreos, coffee and talent – co-founder of brand consultancy Collins, Brian Collins talks a little more about life, work and inspiration in New York.
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