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Emerging Creative Chad Hanning on the importance of street art
He is set to exhibit his work at the 2019 Design Indaba Conference among 49 other South African up-and-coming creatives.
Smart Havens Africa uses human-centered business models to help the poor build homes
The company looks at developing green houses by promoting sustainable building and also tackling housing poverty.
The Arctic Commons: creating a new network for future stability in the Arctic
“This project looks to create composite maps which illuminate specific areas in the Arctic that offer opportunities for design intervention.”
Converting historical sites into modern architecture with John Pawson
Set to speak at Design Indaba 2019, architect and interior designer, John Pawson is known for his minimalist approach.
Understanding #MeToo with machine learning
“Not only is the #MeToo movement continuing to grow and expand...but our ability to understand digital social movements is growing every day.”
Basic Income Cafe uses coffee as a metaphor for the flow of money
“Visitors are provoked to experience the underlying economic models first hand."
Could the heat generated by blockchain be useful for other living beings?
With a project called Farm, MIT student Gary Zhang shows that heat generated in the blockchain has many uses.
0.9 grams of brass: A brass paper clip that symbolises a cow’s life
See how graduate student Adelaide Lala Tam uses this project as a metaphor for the life cycle of a cow.
How urban planning can help us cope with climate change
The results of this recent research could help city planners build our future cities better.
Playful sonic sculptures that reverberate across the design world
Pentagram London’s newly appointed partner, Yuri Suzuki, will be speaking at Design Indaba Conference 2019.
Iran's hidden history now told by postage stamps
Iran had a history before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and a design student is using stamps to highlight this.
Futurist Alexa Clay on why Silicon Valley should focus on goodness and humanity
She says there needs to be more to tech than just building another app to get rich.
Night Loo offers refugee women a safer toilet option
Going to the toilet becomes a serious problem for refugee women when they face attack on their way to the bathroom.
Industrial design student created an alternative to disposable plastic using potatoes
“This material is made from something that comes from the earth, and later on it can end up back in the soil, while posing no risk to nature.”
Low-cost artificial leg for amputees in developing countries
A prosthetic leg made from recycled plastic is about to change the lives of amputees in developing countries.
A menstrual toolkit developed for refugee women
This toolkit caters to every aspect of the menstrual cycle and it's reusable.
Three ways designers are preparing for disaster
These innovations are not only responsive but empathetic, taking a human-centred approach to solutions-based design.
One photographer's surrealist impression of mental illness
Katie Joy Crawford was diagnosed young. This is how she sees her anxiety and depression.
The Parkinson Smart Cane is a portable device to assist Parkinson’s disease patients
The cane is designed to help patients detect Freezing of Gait (FoG) easier and earlier.
Unpacking graphic design with Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Seymour Chwast & more
These industry elites drop some priceless gems after illustrious careers in graphic design.
Play Mat connects parents to autistic kids
The Electronic Play Mat is designed to promote interactive play between autistic children and their parents or caregivers to build communication.
Five past Design Indaba speakers on how they perceive product design
Watch Design Indaba Alumni give their take on what it means to make quality functional products.
The Human Utility: How a Twitter discussion started a movement
What started out as a Twitter discussion soon became a way to address the water affordability and access issue in the United States.
Mapitso Thaisi talks culture, fashion and recognising Africa's impact
The designer showcased her Basotho inspired swimwear as part of the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme in 2018.
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