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The cultural universe of brands
16 Jan 14
Global brand director of G-Star RAW, Shubhankar Ray believes brands can play an enabling role in cultural production.
The Secret Identity of SA Comics
20 Feb 14
Cape Town-based designer, illustrator and Design Indaba Expo 2014 speaker, Moray Rhoda, gives Design Indaba his take on the South African comics scene.
Four impactful Africa apps
31 Mar 14
From tackling gender violence and authenticating pharmaceuticals to enhancing antenatal care and empowering farmers, African apps solve real problems.
1 May 14
What can crafters from opposite ends of the earth learn from each other? Can they reach a common ground? What are the common methods they employ?
Interview with Ije Nwokorie, MD at Wolff Olins London
1 May 14
At the recent Design Indaba Conference Ije Nwokorie told Designboom more about his work and influences.
Aaron Marshall: Go big and go home
22 May 14
Founder and designer of the mobile photo app Over, Aaron Marshall shares his six key business values.
Rob Stokes: From bedroom to buyout – an entrepreneur’s story
28 May 14
The founder of digital agency Quirk gives advice to would-be entrepreneurs.
Inside View: The renegade insider
11 Jun 14
Nicole Yershon applies the risk-taking energy of an entrepreneur to help Ogilvy's London office stay ahead of the creative curve.
Can design also be art?
11 Jun 14
As collectors take out their cheque books at Design Miami/Basel next week, we ask industry insiders what they think about one-off designs presented as art.
Opinion: Heinrich Wolff on constructing cultural identity in architecture
16 Jun 14
With the Venice Architecture Biennale in full swing, Heinrich Wolff argues that architecture that attempts to define a nation's culture is inauthentic.
Is London the design capital of the world?
18 Jun 14
We ask six designers who have made London their home why so many creatives flock to the Big Smoke.
Fashion films: Elaborate ads or legitimate cinematic works?
25 Jun 14
Are fashion films just advertising wolves in sheep's clothing? We ask five fashion and film fundi where they stand on the burgeoning genre.
Opinion: Charl Thom on why FoxP2 is taking a break from awards
30 Jun 14
Why sit out the ad world's most important annual events? FoxP2 Group CEO Charl Thom tells us how the decision germinated from a midnight walk in New York City.
Inside View: The New Mainstream
1 Jul 14
How have consumers' interactions with brands evolved in the age of social media? Here are the top five take-outs from Wolff Olins’ The New Mainstream report.
How important is a sense of place?
2 Jul 14
What role does locale play in shaping a design identity? We asked six producers to reflect on the role a sense of place can play in design.
Outside In: Lynda Relph-Knight
5 Jul 14
Design writer and former editor of Design Week Lynda Relph-Knight gives Design Indaba an outsider's perspective on the design future of Africa.
Outside In: Joost Alferink
6 Jul 14
Looking in on Africa from the European perspective, Joost Alferink shares an outsider's perspective on the state of the creative industry on the continent.
Inside View: 3 creative tools
8 Jul 14
Don't underestimate how handy these three humble (and free) tools can be, says our digital product manager, Sarah Jayne Fell.
The world's most pressing problems?
9 Jul 14
If there were a global design agency stationed at the UN bringing governments, NPOs and designers together, what issues would it address?
Outside In: Julie Lasky
12 Jul 14
Columnist and editor Julie Lasky gives us a firsthand account of her journey of first discovering South African design.
Opinion: Life in the Uber City
14 Jul 14
Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel consider the impact of pervasive digital networks entering physical space, giving rise to the “Internet of Everything”.
Inside View: The journey of BRCK
16 Jul 14
Erik Hersman, co-founder of Kenyan tech firm Ushahidi, shares the journey of BRCK with us as the first orders of the self-powered, mobile WiFi device go out.
Building revolution in the city - part 1
19 Jul 14
Architect and urbanist Andrew Makin considers the South African city and proposes a new vision for our urban centres.
Inside View: The business of art
23 Jul 14
Moving from being an artist to a creative entrepreneur takes an enormous leap of faith. We chat to educator Elaine Rumboll about the potential and pitfalls.
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