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.
Design Indaba 2019 presents: Architecture driven by social responsibility
From Mariam Kamara to Dong Ping-Wong, the 2019 Design Indaba Conference will host a list of renowned architects.
The way we build homes is wrong, says Joe Gebbia, and here's how he wants to fix it
"In order to meet the demands of the future, whether it be climate displacement or rural-urban migration, the home needs to evolve, to think forward.”
The Indian woman behind some of Hollywood's blockbuster set designs
Aashrita Kamath turned her love of narrative into a career.
How urban planning can help us cope with climate change
The results of this recent research could help city planners build our future cities better.
Design is what combines technology and biology in Markus Kayser's work
The 16 robots, including the design system to control them, were developed by researchers who work at the intersection of biotechnology and design.
Iran's hidden history now told by postage stamps
Iran had a history before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and a design student is using stamps to highlight this.
Futurist Alexa Clay on why Silicon Valley should focus on goodness and humanity
She says there needs to be more to tech than just building another app to get rich.
Night Loo offers refugee women a safer toilet option
Going to the toilet becomes a serious problem for refugee women when they face attack on their way to the bathroom.
Award-winning costume designer and women's rights icon.
Five things to know about Ane Crabtree, the latest Design Indaba 2019 speaker
She’s known as the designer of all of our favourite apocalyptic TV shows like Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale.
Unpacking graphic design with Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Seymour Chwast & more
These industry elites drop some priceless gems after illustrious careers in graphic design.
Five past Design Indaba speakers on how they perceive product design
Watch Design Indaba Alumni give their take on what it means to make quality functional products.
Eric Quint on 3M's design-centered mission
“We are part of an ecosystem, uniting purpose with partnership, that creates meaningful innovations.”
The Human Utility: How a Twitter discussion started a movement
What started out as a Twitter discussion soon became a way to address the water affordability and access issue in the United States.
On the first national memorial to victims of lynching in the US
Designed by MASS Design Group, who have offices in Boston and in Kigali, the memorial relies on sculpture, art, and design to contextualise racial terror.
Damon Davis explores Ghana's slave past and its impact on black America
“...the world tells us that our identity doesn’t matter and our story doesn’t matter and our lives don’t matter.”
How two researchers hacked software to create a functional AI for their diabetic son
"Not one of those companies allowed me to directly access the data that was literally coming out of my son’s body. So I hacked it."
Woebot: A smart, accessible mental healthcare solution
Created by a group of Stanford psychologists, WoeBot is used in over 120 countries and has generated over 2 million messages since its launch.
MIT audio & text system could detect depression in everyday conversations
A model by researchers at MIT is able to detect depression in context-free interactions.
Self-taught Malawian photographer grapples with ancestry in new photo series
“Who Will Bury You?” depicts a young, faceless woman ready to die.
Zach Lieberman on using human gestures to bring his work to life
The coder and artist speaks on his collaboration with Design Indaba and projects that have stayed close to him.
Here's why the changing advertising agency hasn't scared David Droga
“Logical people make the world go round, but creative people make it worth living in.”
Architect Dong-Ping Wong to speak at Design Indaba 2019
With several companies under his belt, Dong-Ping Wong’s work represents a new wave of architecture.
Graphic designer Natasha Jen poses six questions for design thinkers
During her Design Indaba Conference talk she expands on her thinking since declaring: Design Thinking is Bullshit.
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 (select one or both)
Weekly editorial newsletter
Festival and event updates
6 clever design solutions for pressing healthcare issues
28 Nov 19
Five examples of great design from Singapore
17 Sep 18
Designer Thebe Magugu explores escapism in his latest collection
1 Feb 18
This short film is a meditation on the joys girlhood
12 Feb 16
Tweets by @designindaba