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Cultivating mini farms aboard cargo ships
This student-designed collapsible farm could help utilise the massive amounts of wasted space created by shipping containers.
Sebastian Gier's futuristic Xplore project nominated for Dezeen Award
Since his presentation at Antenna in 2017, the German designer has been making big waves.
Elaine Ramos: "A good cover captures the essence of the book.”
The former art director at Cosac Naify, Ramos uses the production of books as an exercise in experimental design.
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.”
A collective of artists are preserving Mexico's linguistic diversity
“No one can love what he does not know.”
This women-led tech school has an innovative curriculum at its core
"I make it a priority to work with women and persons from under-represented communities in the tech world because times have changed..."
Joyce Simbine Saiete on how architectural interventions can aid Mozambican resettlement
Her thesis takes the challenges of resettlement in the region and turns them into opportunities.
Architect Annabelle Selldorf announced as Design Indaba speaker for 2019
The founder of Selldorf Architects’ design language is quietly classic and highly considered.
Graphic designer extraordinaire, Tony Brook, on his studio’s creative journey
The founder of Spin Studio shares his creative wisdom with the Design Indaba audience.
Morag Myerscough's Design Indaba installation brings vibrant colour to two Cape Town schools
Design Indaba worked with stakeholders including SeeSawDo on two projects giving a second life to the Embrace the Unknown installation.
Check out the African creatives participating in this year’s GrigriPixel workshop
The annual programme is developing a wealth of experimental practices through inter-continental collaboration.
Entries for the second Future Food Design Awards are now open
Set to be held during this year’s annual Dutch Design Week, the competition is seeking to solidify the connection between the worlds of food and design.
These five creative women are using fashion, food and more to challenge and inspire
This Women’s Month, we take a look back at some of the fiercely creative women who have graced the Design Indaba stage.
Dutch designer, artist and entrepreneur, Joris Laarman to speak at Design Indaba 2019
“I don’t do things with a goal in my head. I just do them to discover things.”
These ‘Polluted Popsicles’ are drawing attention to Taiwan’s contaminated waters
The fake frozen suckers emphasise the importance of clean water.
Underwater couture for an uncertain future by biomimicry designer Jun Kamei
The Royal College of Art grad’s 3D-printed garments are for a world submerged in water.
The innovative, unconventional and inspiring work of Droga5
Ahead of David Droga’s talk at Design Indaba 2019, we take a look at some of the more impactful work from his agency.
Talking African art repatriation with curator and anthropologist Meskerem Assegued
“The work needs to be returned without any kind of conditions."
Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo appointed ambassador for Dutch Design Week 2018
Alongside Laurens van den Acker and Wendy Plomp, he'll be bringing his trademark activism and sense of purpose to this year's event.
Is food the next big thing in fashion?
Agraloop Bio-Refinery produces high value bio-materials from food waste.
Hafeez Floris captures the other side of South Africa's townships
His photography shows the more childlike and creative side to people in areas like Manenberg and Soweto.
The Tolerance Traveling Poster Show heads to Johannesburg's Constitution Hill
Mirko Ilić's inspired exhibition continues its tour around South Africa.
Eliminating the enormous energy cost of mining cryptocurrencies
Estonian company Nordcoin is changing the game and making crypto-farms mobile
How can we adjust our world to accommodate an ever-expanding global population?
These interventions could help relieve the enormous pressures felt by cities in a crowded world.
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