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How low-tech Ethiopian environmentalism is saving the planet and creating jobs
17 Jul 15
A rural Ethiopian village has been fighting climate change with a low-tech, innovative practice and selling carbon credits to fund local businesses.
Sowetan art curator Zanele Mashumi gets down to business
17 Jul 15
Soweto-based curator Zanele Mashumi makes art accessible by bridging the gap between emerging artists and inexperienced art buyers.
Tracy Lee Lynch on curating, collaborating and South African design
22 Jul 15
With a portfolio of work that’s as rich as a tapestry, designer Tracy Lee Lynch uses her expert eye to create new spaces and public platforms for local design.
The unique and distinctive architectural style of Angola’s cinemas
23 Jul 15
An archive of historical cinemas in Africa is being created by the Goethe Institut Angola, with Angola's movie theatre history being revived and retold first.
In conversation with illustrator Christoph Niemann
29 Jul 15
With his characteristic wit, the Berlin-based illustrator chats about the blur between personal and public work, social sharing and children’s books.
Four talents to watch on Accra’s indie art scene
30 Jul 15
Ghanaian society traditionally regarded artists as outcasts. Now they are helping the country rebrand itself, say the founders of ACCRA [dot] ALT.
Robert Brunner tells us what goes into designing a great product
5 Aug 15
Robert Brunner, former Apple industrial design director and founder of design studio Ammunition, offers some insight into what he does best.
African Cityzens: A five-year photographic narrative of Africa’s 54 countries
6 Aug 15
Two photographers are on a journey to capture the most hidden and routine moments of everyday African life
Kigge Hvid advises traditional design firms to “step up to the sharing economy”
12 Aug 15
A global voice in design and innovation, Kigge Hvid discusses why it’s important for the industry to adopt a collaborative, peer-to-peer approach to design.
The transformation of Kibera from Africa's largest slum to promised land
13 Aug 15
Upgrading Africa’s largest slum has taken more than a decade, but the process is changing the conversation about how to handle informal urban neighbourhoods.
Beauty and ugliness in type design
18 Aug 15
In this article on the process of designing Karloff typeface, Peter Bil'ak shows just how closely related beauty and ugliness are.
Brands must take control and help move culture forwards
19 Aug 15
“It may be an unfashionable and elitist mindset,” says Chris Clarke, CCO of DigitasLBI in London, “but brands can and should take control in shaping culture.”
Karim Rashid on cross-pollination in design
19 Aug 15
"Don't specialise." Here's why multi-award-winning designer Karim Rashid doesn’t just stick to one design discipline.
The Beat Making Lab gives Africa's youth a global microphone
20 Aug 15
A hip-hop music class that started at a US university is changing the lives of Africa's up-coming musicians.
Svein Gunnar Kjøde designs with a humanitarian conscience
26 Aug 15
As lead designer at Design without Borders, Svein Gunnar Kjøde’s job revolves around creating human-centred design with meaningful social impact.
Qorax is bringing clean energy to Somaliland
27 Aug 15
Qorax is the only international off-grid solar company serving consumers in post-conflict countries with clean energy and entrepreneurship training.
James Greenfield on how to rebrand a multi-billion dollar company
2 Sep 15
The creative director behind Airbnb’s largely publicised rebranding discusses his approach to branding projects.
The rise of tech and innovation in Africa
3 Sep 15
The tech and startup scene in Africa is burgeoning. Now innovation is being taught in schools, with the help of the LEGO Education Innovation Studios.
Cristina de Middel on her signature brand of filmic photography
9 Sep 15
The work of Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel has been exhibited worldwide – we found out what goes into her cinematic-style images.
Embroidering African women's artisanal skills onto international runways
10 Sep 15
Through the Ethical Fashion Initiative, African women artisans in rural communities lend their desirable and unique talent to high-end fashion designers.
Nairobi Design Week founder says the time for African design is now
17 Sep 15
Industrial designer Adrian Jankowiak unpacks the landscape of African design from where he’s standing.
A hut-decorating competition that could give urban homes a run for their money
23 Sep 15
My Beautiful Home in the rural Matobo district of Zimbabwe is breathing new life into the local tradition of hut painting.
Jenna Bass says we’re seeing a sea-change in South African films
23 Sep 15
Jenna Bass, hailed for ushering in a "new wave of South African filmmaking", tells us about her first film, her new film, and the future of film as she sees it.
Richard van der Laken is an advocate for the power of design for change
30 Sep 15
The cofounder of the conference What Design Can Do, Richard van der Laken, tells us about the power of design and designers to make change.
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