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Paper Planes: A merry band of illustrators
• Duration: 00:03:53
15 Jul 15
We interview the two creative entrepreneurs who founded Alexander’s Band, a South African collective of illustrators.
Petter Thörne: A magical experience of materials
• Duration: 00:02:44
13 Jul 15
Copenhagen-based designer explores his fascination with materiality in his contemporary product and furniture designs.
Margrethe Odgaard: Design that engages with society
• Duration: 00:04:32
10 Jul 15
Textile designer Margrethe Odgaard says success can be measured in how much a design project touches your heart.
Stefano Giovannoni: The heyday of designers working with manufacturers is over
• Duration: 00:04:11
7 Jul 15
The Italian industrial designer advises young designers to think like entrepreneurs and work at creating their own signature brand identities.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: The dream of better
• Duration: 00:03:56
6 Jul 15
By applying design thinking to emerging technologies Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg imagines a better future for us all.
ByALEX: purity by design
3 Jul 15
Purist functionality and a pared-down aesthetic are key ingredients in Alex Swain’s decisively simple product designs.
Carla Kreuser: An illustrator goes back to the drawing board
• Duration: 00:02:54
2 Jul 15
Going back to school was one of the best decisions I’ve made, says Carla Kreuser.
Michael Johnson: The future is social branding
• Duration: 00:05:03
2 Jul 15
The founder of brand identity firm Johnson Banks unpacks the growth of social branding in a competitive corporate world.
Breaking down social barriers with a game of ping pong
• Duration: 00:03:08
30 Jun 15
Danish photojournalist Anders Find’s novel approach to bringing people together in public space.
To be a South African storyteller, here and now
29 Jun 15
In the third episode of the Future Lab Africa podcast series, Jepchumba speaks to up-and-coming filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba about his storytelling aesthetic.
Martijn Engelbregt: Breaking society out of its rut
• Duration: 00:04:31
26 Jun 15
Meet the ringmaster of Circus Engelbregt who oversees the delicate act of subverting social norms using design.
Darb 1718: A place of exchange for Egypt’s artists
• Duration: 00:04:04
25 Jun 15
Reem Hatem fills us in on Darb 1718, the Cairo centre that is fostering the North African country’s art scene.
Juliana Rotich: Harnessing Africa’s potential with technology
• Duration: 00:04:00
23 Jun 15
Kenyan technologist Juliana Rotich lays out the tangible ways that governments can harness technology’s power to deliver services efficiently.
Roy Choi: The food truck revolution that spread like wildfire
• Duration: 00:03:50
19 Jun 15
The LA food truck kickstarted a global movement thanks to Twitter, says Roy Choi.
Michael Murphy: Training African architects is one of the most important needs of our time
• Duration: 00:06:05
17 Jun 15
Architecture can help bring about wholesale change in Africa, one building at a time, says the founder of MASS Design Group, Michael Murphy.
Margo Selby's pageantry of pattern
16 Jun 15
Kent-based textile designer Margo Selby weaves her magic using age-old threading techniques.
The Nest: A DIY approach to storytelling
• Duration: 00:05:08
12 Jun 15
Kenyan arts collective The Nest makes impressive use of limited resources – from running a radio station out of their bathroom to making an award-winning film.
Inspired Luxe launches online global marketplace
• Duration: 00:06:28
10 Jun 15
Entrepreneur Denise Bradley-Tyson presents handcrafted luxury curated from a global array of master artists, beginning with those from South Africa.
Blowing up walls for the sake of art
8 Jun 15
Portuguese graffiti artist Alexandre Farto hammers his point home quite literally – with a drill, hammer and chisel. That’s when he’s not using explosives.
Thula Sindi: Understanding the dynamics of being an emerging fashion designer
• Duration: 00:02:15
8 Jun 15
Thula Sindi believes designers have to make themselves indispensible to customers by making truly wearable clothes.
Chu Suwannapha: Tradition is the new black
• Duration: 00:03:26
5 Jun 15
The “prince of prints”, Chu Suwannapha, has made reinventing tradition a core part of his new fashion label.
Beyond Entropy Africa: A new kind of common ground in Luanda
• Duration: 00:04:05
3 Jun 15
The Angola-based architecture group Beyond Entropy Africa brings radical change to an urban sprawl with a single plant.
Deanne Viljoen: Playing with furniture
25 May 15
The owner of De Steyl tells us about the furniture design studio's shift to creating modular furniture that invites the user to intertact with it.
David Tlale: Business advice from the catwalk
18 May 15
South African fashion designer David Tlale talks about how he was thrust into the business side of fashion.
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