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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.”
Ndumiso Nyoni uses striking geometric illustrations to celebrate women
The graphic designer and illustrator talks to us about the inspiration behind the African Sisters project.
Using technology to give power to marginalised communities
Human rights activist and storyteller Thenmozhi Soundararajan on the power of knowledge creation in the hands of the oppressed.
Wikipedia is bridging the knowledge gap on African languages
“We are not running away from English. English is very important. But, what we are trying to do is maximise the child's bilingual ability through Wikipedia.”
ShweShweKini founder 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.
Leading local fashion designer Thabo Makhetha takes her blanket approach to the next level
Design Indaba Emerging Creatives alumna Thabo Makhetha is now crowdfunding to produce her own textile designs.
AGI: On the importance of hosting this year's event in Mexico
Nikki Gonnissen, Paul Cox and Alejandro Magallanes discuss graphic design, borders and moving the conference from the US to Mexico.
How designers are using digital fabrication to improve wheelchairs
Disrupt Disability uses open source design and digital fabrication to make wheels that are affordable and fully customisable.
4 projects that cleverly integrate digital fabrication into architecture
Digital fabrication is helping companies build homes in 24 hours while also helping to build local entrepreneurship.
Ugandan designers create a bloodless, reusable malaria test kit
Here’s how designers in Africa are using technology to bridge the gap between people and healthcare services.
The maker of Algiknit talks seaweed fashion and the next stage of biotech
Aleksandra Gosiewski's work touches on sustainable ways to fix the disconnect within the fashion industry.
The designer of the Street Debater on fostering human connection through design
“I realised that Street Debating not only addresses the problem of begging but something much bigger. It’s addressing the problem of social segregation.”
This photo series examines the ways in which black women are forced to comply in society
Emerging Creative 2018 participant Stephanie Kenyaa Mzee also talks about xenophobia and why her work centres black women.
Playful enterprise gives new life to old plastic
ecoBirdy’s eco-friendly furniture is about play, function and sustainable design.
Could silk be used to weave your donor heart?
Researcher and designer, Veronica Ranner, takes on organ crafting while cautiously questioning its ethics.
This town in Mali is built almost completely out of mud
The Great Mosque of Djenne survives through the dedication of local builders who help to re-plaster it each year.
Get to know Andy Mkosi, the queer rapper taking charge of her own story
The South African artist’s work sits at the intersection of music and photography to create a unique kind of storytelling.
Designer Siyanda Mbele on fusing functionality, aesthetics and culture
By creating practical, locally made art and furniture, Mbele hopes to inspire younger South African designers to learn and teach.
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Graphic designer Natasha Jen poses six questions for design thinkers
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21 Aug 18
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