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.
- Any -
- Any -
-Track of the Week
-Design Indaba Campaigns
Point of View
Design Indaba News
-Do Tank News
Puppets that breathe
15 Dec 10
Adrian Kohler, Basil Jones and others reflect on their craft in the Handspring Puppet Company book edited by Jane Taylor.
No idle racism
10 Dec 10
Anton Kannemeyer's new Bitterkomix collection Pappa in Afrika deals with the controversial and uncomfortable topic of racism.
A short history of design
5 Dec 10
The Genius of Design gives a surprisingly interesting account of the recent history of design.
Simply South Africa
31 Oct 10
Sometimes we need to be reminded of the things that make South Africa special. Michael Poliza and friends have captured the magic in a book.
11 Oct 10
Freshlyground's new album Radio Africa is fresh (obviously), fun and fabulously local!
The forgotten province
25 Sep 10
The architectural richness of the Free State province is often forgotten or overlooked, but a new book succeeds in capturing the highlights.
Journey through Jo'Burg
24 Sep 10
Jo'burg is a place of harsh contrasts and with fast pace. But it's also full of hidden treasures, as the Wallpaper* guide points out.
For the sake of inspiration
2 Sep 10
Inspiration and the creative process are thought to be bedfellows. A new book, Inspired, explores to what extent the two rely on each other.
The story of innovation
29 Aug 10
From garage enterprise to multinational. In A Fine Line Hartmut Esslinger takes the reader on frog design's life journey.
The Conran mind
28 Aug 10
Home is where the heart is the old adage goes. And this is certainly true for Sir Terence Conran.
Brand the nation
27 Aug 10
Part textbook, part industry manual, Nation Branding examines what it means to be a nation.
Why we travel
26 Aug 10
Airports, Alain de Botton argues, are the imaginative centres of our civilisation. He spends a week at one and writes a fascinating account.
Unlock the music
23 Aug 10
Boym Partners have created a miniature totem as a new label release format for record label Ghostly International.
On the edge
19 Aug 10
With it's bright colours and edgy lines, Peter Saville's design for OMD's first album since 1996 is a happy addition to visual culture.
The art of advertising
16 Aug 10
Evil or art form? There are as many opinions on advertising as there are ads. Here's a glimpse into the world of mad men (and women).
The Republic of Cape Town
4 Aug 10
It’s a local joke that Cape Town is a republic of its own. The Wallpaper* City Guide gives some hints as to why.
Go big or go home
12 Jul 10
South Africans have known for years that 2010 would be a big year. The Loerie Awards are celebrating this with their BIG issue of Migrate.
11 Jul 10
Van Coke Kartel's latest album, Skop, Skiet en Donner, bears testament to their versatility as local artists of an international calibre.
8 Jul 10
Being fashionable is hard work, especially when the rules seem to change all the time. Here's a nifty guide to make it a tad easier.
7 Jul 10
“Soweto is like Hollywood to me. Everything is here,” says Jozi FM’s Sibongile Mazibuko in the intro to Jodi Bieber’s new book.
21 Jun 10
Part photographic journey, part social documentary, Football Muti captures the spirit of football and what it means to the people of Africa.
Bringing the chic to soccer
21 Jun 10
A gorgeous new coffee table book captures some of the unique South African aspects of soccer.
The future is entertaining
2 Jun 10
Futuretainment by Mike Walsh is a look at the world’s continuously changing technological landscape and the increased connectivity.
The walls tell stories
25 May 10
Johannesburg Transition, subtitled “Architecture and Society from 1950”, by Clive M Chipkin is a brilliant biography of Jozi.
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
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