a better world through creativity
About Design Indaba
Design Indaba News
News & Features
Video Archive (2006 – present)
Our database of African and international creatives and companies making waves in the design world.
Have you ever wondered how emojis are chosen?
Emoji activist Jennifer 8 Lee tells us how and 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."
Malian textile designer Aboubakar Fofana on the hypocrisy of the fashion industry
On Fashion Revolution Week 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.
Ekene Ijeoma deconstructs the US national anthem as a comment on mass imprisonment
In Deconstructed Anthems, he built a software that removes notes from the US national anthem at the same rate Americans have been imprisoned.
Industrial design student introduces a refillable, more sustainable mascara
The refillable mascara that can be applied using a 3D printed fingertip, saving an estimated 25 mascara bottles from landfill per person over ten years.
Myles Loftin on the importance of representing black masculinity differently
The #antenna2017 speaker takes us through the inspiration behind his multimedia project: Hooded.
Feyi Olubodun on what international brands get wrong about the African consumer
"I argue very strongly that sophistication and westernisation don’t mean the same thing. You can be sophisticated and not be westernised."
Meet the world's first drone costume designer
Before industrial designer, Léa Pereyre, started working at Verity Studios the job description of "drone costume designer" did not exist.
On the future of food, fashion and eating our environmental problems away
The world is changing rapidly, this means our fashion and food choices need to keep up.
Spanish mural artist, Okuda, uses art to bridge cultural borders
His murals have transformed degraded and abandoned buildings into unique colourful spaces around the world
Blinky Bill on why he does not want to be restricted to a particular music genre
“I want to make genreless sound – but if you absolutely have to place it, it is a mix of hip-hop, afrobeat and jazz.”
Mozambican photographer Mario Macilau on documenting the lives of society's most vulnerable
"My work is also a personal documentary. I prefer long-term projects that require commitment and trust."
This is Rwanda is an aerial journey through the eyes of two young photographers
"There is beautiful nature in Rwanda, but it's very important to know and see the rest."
Sign up to our newsletter
Sign up to Design Indaba Weekly for the latest design news and inspiration. Sign up to Design Indaba News for updates on Design Indaba events and projects.
Design Indaba Weekly
Design Indaba Weekly
Promotions or Competitions
Design Indaba Daily (coming soon)
Design Indaba News
Latest Conference Talk
No flash player has been set up.
Please select a player to play Flash videos.
The maker of Algiknit talks seaweed fashion and the next stage of biotech
• Duration: 00:06:54
20 Jun 18
Aleksandra Gosiewski's work touches on sustainable ways to fix the disconnect within the fashion industry.
Watch full talk >
Six creative crowdfunding projects worth supporting this April
12 Apr 18
Top 10 Creative Crowdfunding Projects | February 2018
5 Feb 18
Designer Thebe Magugu explores escapism in his latest collection
1 Feb 18
This short film is a meditation on the joys girlhood
12 Feb 16
Tweets by @designindaba