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Bridging the gap between architecture and entrepreneurship in Lesotho
Daniela Gusman talks about the project as well as their international architecture competition, Rise In The City.
Kenyan filmmaker and author Wanuri Kahiu to speak at Design Indaba 2019
She speaks to us about her banned film, meeting Spike Lee and her upcoming project with Nnedi Okorafor.
Advice from past Design Indaba Emerging Creatives
Here's what illustrator Daniel Ting Chong, director Anthony Silverston, artist Paul Senyol and furniture designer Neil Grantham have to say.
GoGirlsICT is preparing the next generation of coders in South Sudan
The initiative was founded to help fight stereotypes among the youth, especially girls and women using ICT.
3 African creatives on the importance of feedback, values and dabbling in different sectors
Former Design Indaba Emerging Creatives reflect on their journeys since leaving the incubator programme.
Braille clothing is making it easier for the visually impaired to get dressed
Getting dressed when you’re blind presents challenges that those of us privileged enough to have sight don’t understand.
Zambian fashion entrepreneur on prints, nostalgia and the importance of finding synergy
Lucy Mulima started Aya Goods after years spent working in fashion, PR and media.
Natsai Audrey Chieza on working with nature to help solve fashion's waste problem
She talks about projects that include dyeing clothes using bacteria, developing a residency programme and her love for Solange, Mafikizolo and Bjork.
The Connected Supper Club on dinner tables as spaces for positive change
“London is a big city and I don’t find it surprising that people are attracted to small events centred around dinner tables."
Emerging Creatives: Where are they now?
We talk to some of the South African creatives who used the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives Programme as a career launchpad.
Have you ever wondered how emojis are chosen?
Emoji activist Jennifer 8 Lee tells us what you can do to make the selection on your phone more diverse.
Designer Ini Archibong on merging myth and reality to create The Secret Garden
The ECAL graduate spoke about overcoming a difficult time, his design process and the importance of fulfilling a higher purpose.
Renata Souza on designing an insulin kit specifically for children with diabetes
"Children with type 1 diabetes are insulin-dependent. The administration of it is crucial to their survival."
How a small Kenyan start-up is disrupting the way the internet works
In his Design Indaba 2018 talk, Mark Kamau talks about how Brck plans to give Google and Facebook a run for their money.
Durban fashion designer Balini Naidoo on creating a range of clothes for the visually impaired
The Emerging Creative 2018 wants to help visually-impaired people to become more self-reliant and independent when making clothing choices.
On resisting gentrification, social housing and the removal of statues in Central Park
Justin Garrett Moore also talks about the delicate job of balancing the varied needs of New York residents.
Ilze Wolff on creating an activist and public culture around architecture
In this architectural practice collaboration with artists is just as important as working with other architects and engineers.
Sunu Gonera on finding his voice, afrofuturism and making heroes out of ordinary people
In this opening talk of Design Indaba 2018 that brought the audience to its feet, the filmmaker talks about his career high and lows.
This design festival is stitching together India's design community
"It was one of its kind in the Indian design history. I’m not aware of any other festivals organised on such a massive scale."
Aboubakar Fofana on the hypocrisy of the fashion industry
The textile designer, artist and natural dyer calls out the trend forecasters and designers to take more responsibility.
Grigri Pixel is uniting creatives on two continents through urban interventions
The projects, which brings together African and European artists, was recently selected in the culture category for the FAD design prize.
Life Kitchen offers free cooking lessons for people living with cancer
Life Kitchen is extending classes and has teamed up with designers to create a special range of plates, totes, and t-shirts.
Iwo Borkowicz on finding housing solutions that serve both tourists and locals
The young architect who was a Global Graduate at Design Indaba 2018 talks about his upcoming project in Tanzania.
Jomo Tariku on changing perceptions around what constitutes modern furniture
“The modern furniture industry treats African furniture as something of a novelty,” says the Ethiopian-American furniture designer.
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