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Behind antenna and its impact on future changemakers in design
“Antenna gave us a platform to share a story and to be bold about it. I don’t know if other graduate programmes like this exist.”
Tiffany Chu on redesigning the way cities build their transport routes
"If you’re trying to help a city, you need people who are from there and who are invested in the city over time."
Under the Same Sun
Award-winning photographer Marinka Masséus uses her craft to raise awareness about albinism.
Sphelele Gumede creates menacing characters using vivid colours
In his series 52.177 the illustrator explores his personal inspirations.
Lebohang Kganye unpacks her family's journey of migration
“The project evolves around how my family landed in Johannesburg – how they ended up in the city from the farmlands. But it’s really a relatable story."
The Trap is an exploration of the female form merged with nature
Ali Aschman explores her conflicting feelings on the ways in which women have been associated with nature through the ages.
Street artist Nardstar is painting women of colour in public spaces
Nardstar's murals can be found in New York, Paris and her hometown, Cape Town
Could flies be used to treat rare diseases?
Experimental designer Frank Kolkman puts the treatment of rare conditions into the hands of those afflicted.
Jimmy Wales speaks on diversity and the value of knowledge in multiple languages
"What matters is that you have knowledge in your mother tongue."
A future where calling a human stand-in is as easy as calling an Uber
It’s already possible, but what if it evolves into more than just hiring someone to stand in line, and Other-Self Agency replaces interactions with loved ones?
The African projects harnessing alternative energy
“We must be more ambitious in harnessing the power of renewable energy to meet sustainable development and climate goals”
Funfere Koroye on product design for the West African consumer
Nigerian product designer has designed a range of products that take into account the uniqueness of a West African consumer.
The industrialisation of the natural world
Speculations on the future of biodiversity after the sixth mass extinction.
Omar Nagati on renegotiating Downtown Cairo through design
“You need to include in any plan or revision for Downtown or any neighbourhood, the local community, which is not necessarily the case so far."
Joy Buolamwini uses art and research to show the social implications of AI
The Ghanaian-American computer scientist and digital activist spoke to us during her Cape Town visit.
Youngsta: Rapping the stories of the Cape Colony
We sat down with one of South African rap's busiest and most artists.
The African crown reimagined
Inspired by the work of J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Medina Dugger and GIF artist François Beaurain celebrate the complexity of hair in Nigeria.
Abstract Peaces: Redefining mental illness
Conceptual photographer Tsoku Maela challenges the stigma around mental illness by drawing on his personal experience.
Jalila Essaïdi’s project turns cow dung into textiles
Designer and entrepreneur Jalila Essaïdi says we have an untapped natural resource in manure.
Wacy Zacarias on taking back the African textile market
The Mozambican entrepreneur started Karingana Wa Karingana Textiles to create authentic African prints.
Uganda's maker space aiming to transform science education in the country
Science education should be hands-on and interactive, says Fundi Bots founder Solomon King Benge.
Watch: Designing near death with the student who created her own coffin
Shaina Garfield is one of 12 graduates who are speaking at Design Indaba Festival 2019.
Keenan Wyrobek presents his revolutionary drone system at Design Indaba Festival 2019
The world's only drone delivery service gets life-saving medical supplies and blood to the most remote and difficult to reach places on Earth.
Young designers are the future of the industry, but what are they saying?
Some of these young designers, like urbanist Nicole Moyo, will take the stage at Day 1 of the 2019 Design Indaba Festival.
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