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Focus On: Shaping our spaces and cities
1 Jan 14
Architects design the habitats we dwell in. We feature four thought-provoking talks on approaches to the challenges our times present to the built environment.
Focus On: A-type personalities
6 Jan 14
Meet four typographers who’s work goes beyond just the art and technique of arranging type to make language visible, to conveying cultural messages of its own.
Focus On: Cultural influences in design
29 Apr 14
What is the relationship between culture and design? Valerie Steele, Chris de Beer, Massoud Hassani, Carla Fernandez explore this question.
Focus On: More than just products
3 May 14
Four designers share their insights into creating products that have an emotional connection to people and tell stories.
Focus On: Design for social impact
5 May 14
Can design help people? Can design build better communities? Can architecture be a force for social change? Four designers answer these questions.
Focus On: Designers on happiness
7 May 14
Public artist Andrew Shoben, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and industrial designer Shunji Yamanaka are all in pursuit of happiness through design.
Focus On: The sound of music
14 May 14
United Visual Artists, Pieter-Jan Pieters, Masashi Kawamura and Nicholas Hlobo explore the power of music in design.
Focus On: The outer limits
18 May 14
From a Space Orchestra to South Africa's first man on the moon, these designers speak about the outer limit of possibility.
Focus On: The business of design
24 May 14
Five renowned designers discuss design and business – its pros, cons and possibilities.
Focus on: Fashion statement
1 Jun 14
From the history of fashion to making current trend statements, these four designers share their insights into the fashion design field.
Focus On: Cities of the future
15 Jun 14
In this video roundup we focus on four different aspects of city making and design in the urban context.
Focus on: Mobility for the future
22 Jun 14
From breakthrough bicycle technology to transport in informal communities, these five designers reveal the power of transport design.
Focus on: Design for rural contexts
29 Jun 14
Six projects that broaden access to products and services in rural communities around the globe.
Focus on: Marble's comeback
6 Jul 14
More and more designers are being inspired by the ancient stone's striated smoothness. Here are five recent examples from our archives.
Focus on: Textile trends
12 Jul 14
Technology is taking fabric into new directions. We round up five future-forward examples.
Focus on: Health care
20 Jul 14
We often take it for granted but our health is one of our most important assets. Here we round up five designs that promote better health care.
Focus on: Designing for children
27 Jul 14
We round up seven kid-conscious projects.
Focus on: Architects at UIA 2014
3 Aug 14
Watch these interviews from our archives with four architects speaking at the International Union of Architects World Congress in Durban.
Focus On: Women in design
9 Aug 14
We look back at some of the phenomenal women who have graced the stage of Design Indaba Conference and who are making an indelible mark on the world.
Focus On: Water
10 Aug 14
The total usable freshwater supply for ecosystems and humans is less than 1% of all freshwater resources. We roundup designs that are water wise.
Focus on: Marcelo Rosenbaum
16 Aug 14
With Sao Paulo Design Weekend in full swing, we feature a carnival of creativity by this exuberant Brazilian designer.
Focus on: Graphic designers at AGI
17 Aug 14
Watch these videos from our archives with three graphic designers speaking at AGI Open in São Paulo, Brazil.
Four contemporary South African artists
23 Aug 14
As the local art world descends on the FNB Joburg Art Fair, we round up the South African artists who have graced the Design Indaba Conference stage.
Focus On: Handspring Puppet Company
24 Aug 14
The renowned local puppeteers are making headlines with a new exhibition on their work and the much-acclaimed "War Horse" finally playing on home turf.
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