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Tik-Tik helps make freedom of movement easier for the visually impaired
The blind designer Simon Dogger who spoke at this year's Design Indaba tells us about his latest project.
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.”
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.”
Harnessing the power of urine
Researchers designed a cheaper, more efficient way to generate power from organic waste.
Designer Roba Mostafa on creating a market for interactive media in Egypt
“I believe that interactive media would become a fundamental medium used in the future. It makes the science fiction of yesterday the possibility of today”
Inclusive AI can be both good and bad, says the Poet of Code
“If you make more inclusive facial recognition systems it also means you can abuse those systems”
Drop Drop app helps water conservation in drought-stricken South Africa
A new app makes every drop of water count as South Africa’s water crisis continues.
Artist imagines colossal vertical slums in Lagos
Are slums shaping the face of Africa? Nigerian-born artist Lekan Jeyifo conceptualises the future of slums in Lagos.
Can Made in Africa and import culture coexist in West Africa?
We spoke to Funfere Koroye of the Nupe Project, a start-up with ambitious goals for West Africa’s industrial design market.
Jimmy Wales speaks on diversity and the value of knowledge in one's mother tongue
The founder of Wikipedia spoke to Design Indaba during Wikimania2018, which was held in Cape Town recently.
Egyptian comic book artists are writing their way out of censorship
"It wasn’t just a political revolution, it was also an artistic revolution. This is reflected in the art scene of Egypt.”
Wikipedia's Cape Town conference tackles the issue of diversity
Its goal is to make accessible the sum of ALL human knowledge. Here’s how the online encyclopedia plans to achieve it.
Tanzanian photographer uses social media to break away from the conservative country
When art must conform to the law of the land, some artists find acceptance on social media.
Photo series takes a non-binary look at vulnerability
Photographer Zara Julius explores vulnerability in the lives of gender non-conforming people of colour.
ChemStart: Bridging the gender gap in science education
South African scientist Bathabile Mpofu created a mini science kit in the hopes that it will inspire students in rural areas.
Hossein Fatemi photographs the duality of life in Iran
The award-winning photographer has spent over 15 years documenting the lives of young people in the country.
Sethembile Msezane on why she uses her art as resistance
South Africa’s history is wrought with erasure. Sethembile Msezane is reclaiming the narrative with her work.
Nadir Bouhmouch is filming the longest protest in Morocco’s history
“The first victims of climate change, of the environmental injustice are poor people.”
Uninvited Guests is an elderly man’s battle with smart technology
Superflux’s short film Uninvited Guests looks at the frictions that can arise as technology evolves.
The fascinating way blind designer Simon Dogger is able to feel the emotions of others
The Design Indaba speaker began his 2018 Design Talk by giving the audience a listen into the life of a visually impaired designer.
Pay-as-you-go energy provider delivers power to off-the-grid homes
M-KOPA is considered the world’s leading pay-per-use solar power provider in Africa.
Could flies be used to treat rare diseases?
Experimental designer Frank Kolkman puts the treatment of rare conditions into the hands of those afflicted.
Three smart, life-saving designs for kids
In observance of National Child Protection Week, we look at advancements in technology that are beefing up child rescue solutions.
A better way to harvest water from air
Tested in the arid regions of Morocco, the CloudFisher claims to be the next generation in fog collecting.
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