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Classic: Minedumps and Tokoloshes
In a 2015 interview, South African comics artists Ray Whitcher and Moray Rhoda talk about bringing the genre closer to home.
A mobile app teaches users to cook authentic Nigerian cuisine
Naija Kitchen is a mobile app designed to teach foodies how to prepare the most famous Nigerian food recipes.
Thai architects develop a building typology for disaster-resistant schools
Vin Varavarn Architects, a Bangkok-based firm, developed a new architectural typology for earthquake resistant schools.
Moeketsi Lebakeng’s minimal illustrations pay tribute to Africa’s women
Moeketsi Lebakeng uses illustration to celebrate his everyday heroes – African women.
Helen Borg’s illustrations prove that a little bit of cheek goes a long way
Using a handful of quirk and a pinch of cheek, Helen Borg’s illustrations question and mock the pleasures and emotions surrounding desire in our society.
Zun Lee’s photographs alternate notions of black fatherhood in America
Zun Lee picked up a camera to relieve work stress and ended up capturing a poignant series of photos that challenge stereotypes of black families in America.
Spanish building presents new design typologies for social housing
Spanish architects researched a new typology to improve living conditions and develop sustainable quality housing. The result is the 317 Social Housing Units.
Rudi Geyser photographs Cape Town's defiant women
Rudi Geyser has photographed a series of portraits featuring young women based in Cape Town. The collection explores the personal identities of his subjects.
Eddy Kamuanga draws inspiration from the hybridity and complexity of Kinshasa
Eddy Kamuanga Illunga calls Kinshasa his home and the cultural complexity, hybridity and cosmopolitan nature of the city inspires his paintings.
A portrait of Barbara Kruger, popular culture, words and captivating images
Meet visual artist Barbara Kruger. Her combination of image and jarring text has permeated popular culture.
The new collection by Eva Sonaike takes its inspiration from West African modernism
Eva Sonaike, a London based lifestyle brand, has produced the Falomo collection, another luxurious series of home accessories inspired by African architecture.
The final shortlist for the world's biggest photo competition is in
From the largest number of entries in their nine year history, the Sony World Photography Awards have released their final shortlist for this year’s competition
Using DIY-biotechnology, Kazuya Kawasaki is changing the fashion of the future
Kazuya Kawasaki is a graduate of Keio University and a bio-activist using speculative design to pursue the possiblities of growing materials for fashion.
Joselyn Umutoniwase: Representing Rwanda through fashion
Joselyn Umutoniwase quit filmmaking to focus on starting Rwanda Clothing, a Kigali-based label representing fashion in her home country.
The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti
Corinne Joachim Sanon converted her grandfather’s house into a bean-to-bar chocolaterie and created jobs along the way.
Hexagonal emergency housing designed to perform on a long-term basis
Hex House is a low-cost house designed by Architects for Society to accommodate people displaced by disaster or conflict.
Hilary Cottam: Social problems can be solved by using new digital solutions
Social designer and Design Indaba Conference speaker Hillary Cottam posits that digital tools are the key to innovative solutions to modern social problems.
The women of Botswana's heavy metal culture prove again that Africa isn't singular
South African photographer Paul Shiakallis documents the Queens of "Marok", the leather-wearing women of Botswana’s heavy metal scene.
Tiger Maremela uses digital collage to examine black masculinities in the “Rainbow Nation”
Joburg-based Tiger Maremela uses popular South African consumer products in their digital art to examine capitalism, modernisation and black masculinities.
Ugandan motor company unveils Africa's first solar bus
Uganda-based Kiira Motors revealed the first solar-powered bus in Africa – the Kayoola prototype bus.
A tool to remotely monitor and support the rehabilitation of mastectomy patients
Pia Nyakairu has developed a wand-like product and app, which allows physiotherapists to monitor the progress of mastectomy patients over a digital platform.
Fikirte Addis: Designing contemporary Ethiopian garments with a traditional soul
Fikirte Addis, the founder of Yefikir designs, is drawing on Ethiopia's rich cultural heritage to create modern, everyday clothing.
A Danish art pavilion is in transit to a Kenyan slum where it’ll now be a school
The pavilion designed by SelgasCano for a Danish art museum has been packed up and shipped to Africa’s largest slum, to assume its second life as a school.
Grass-based condoms are the latest innovation in safe sex
A group of researchers at the University of Queensland are using a native Australian grass as the key component in designing thinner and stronger condoms.
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