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.
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.
On being a young creative dealing with mental health
We spoke to past Design Indaba Emerging Creatives to unpack the way creativity and mental health co-exist in their lives.
The role of architecture according to five Design Indaba Conference alumni
Watch architects like Thomas Heatherwick and Christian Benimana describe how they view their role in society.
Acknowledging Ghana's slave trade history with sculptor Kwame Akoto-Bamfo
“As a Ghanaian who is interested and inspired by Ghanaian and African culture, I'm a living witness to the knowledge that is being lost to time.”
How two researchers hacked software to create a functional AI for their diabetic son
"Not one of those companies allowed me to directly access the data that was literally coming out of my son’s body. So I hacked it."
Woebot: A smart, accessible mental healthcare solution
Created by a group of Stanford psychologists, WoeBot is used in over 120 countries and has generated over 2 million messages since its launch.
Afrolitt founder Pamela Ohene-Nyako on the importance of having black literature voiced and heard
“I feel like some works can really open up one’s imagination and help us envision inclusive and liberated futures.”
Four literacy projects changing the world as we know it
See how these projects use literacy as a tool for positive change.
Two urban initiatives tackle housing & energy in Ghana
Urban development specialist Farouk Braimah's design projects hope to make life easier for the poor.
A New Zealand company is making raincoats out of recycled fibres
The Humble Raincoat is made of recycled plastic bottles.
What does it take to make it as a creative?
We looked to a new book by Creative Nestlings to find some clues from women featured in the book.
Gale Maimane on her new short film, starring Zoe Modiga, called Me
“We wanted to make a piece that encapsulates fashion and music in a skilful way. A tender way. A femme way.”
Martha Cotton on the growth and influence that design has on business
“My clients have started to really look towards the way me and my design colleagues look at the world and solve problems."
Ensamble Studio on building flexible, stackable spaces and working with nature
"When we look at nature we want to learn from it, we want to build with it."
Streetwear designer Wandile Leeu on bridging the gap between tradition and cool
“The whole essence behind us establishing the brand was to celebrate the city and the people and the mentality of what Joburg is about.”
These striking images offer an alternative view of Nigerian diversity
“One of the biggest statements I try to make with my work is that there is no single Nigerian culture.”
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 (select one or both)
Weekly editorial newsletter
Festival and event updates
Design Indaba Festival
Design Indaba Festival 2019
Wednesday 27 February
Design Indaba Conference 2019
Wednesday 27 February
Six creative crowdfunding projects worth supporting this April
12 Apr 18
Five examples of great design from Singapore
17 Sep 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