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How Blackboard is helping kids unleash their creativity
Nkanyezi Masango, founder of Blackboard, believes exposing kids to creative careers can unlock a world of opportunities.
Lukhanyo Mdingi on the defining characteristics of his eponymous label
“Luxury, essentially, is time. Using the spirit of time in the best way, in order to create quality items.”
Discover forgotten worlds with The Lost Botanist
We journey forth with The Lost Botanist into worlds unknown made possible through animation and VR technology.
Street artist Nardstar is painting women of colour in public spaces
Nardstar's murals can be found in New York, Paris and her hometown, Cape Town
Illustrating vernacular South African terms
Kobie Niewoudt explores “Tsotsitaal” (the slang language among Cape Town's youth) with her illustrations and quirky gifs.
Tackling unemployment through a holistic approach to design
Devised by service designer Hazel Scrimgeour, LINKUP is a platform set to make a difference to South Africa's unemployed youth.
Eleazer Radebe’s journey into the world of fashion
From humble beginnings and several detours, Design Indaba Emerging Creative Eleazer Radebe is carving a wholesome fashion and lifestyle brand, By Ele.
Three creatives on the importance of dabbling in different sectors
Former Design Indaba Emerging Creatives reflect on their journeys since leaving the incubator programme.
Jimmy Wales speaks on diversity and the value of knowledge in multiple languages
"What matters is that you have knowledge in your mother tongue."
Triggerfish launches free online platform for animators
“The South African animation industry is growing - and so is the demand for skilled animators globally.”
Hafeez Floris captures the other side of South Africa's townships
His photography shows the more childlike and creative side to people in areas like Manenberg and Soweto.
Design Indaba Emerging Creatives: Where are they now?
We talk to some of the South African creatives who used the programme as a career launchpad.
Mapitso Thaisi talks culture, fashion and recognising Africa's impact
The law graduate-cum-designer chats to us about her Basotho inspired swimwear range, Shweshwekini.
Chad Hanning on the importance of street art
“I believe in how powerful street art is and use it to give a place life or a feeling.”
Thaakierah Abdul is using graphic design to push for Cape Malay recognition
The 2018 Design Indaba Emerging Creative draws inspiration from her family and people in the streets like informal traders.
Six designers tackle sustainability from food, waste and even death
These Design Indaba 2019 speakers are working to design more sustainable methods and products.
Mzukisi Mbane’s imprint on African fashion
The Design Indaba Emerging Creative on building a global brand that pays homage his identity and celebrates femininity.
Design Indaba launches the Future Cities Residency
Paloma Strelitz is the first resident of the Design Indaba Future Cities Residency.
Graphic designer Rofhiwa Mudau is using famous faces to inspire the youth
“This acts as inspiration to influence a positive work flow to the career or the job of your dreams.”
Babusi Nyoni is making AI more accessible and relevant
The Zimbabwean developer made a gqom and vosho app and also worked with UNHCR to predict the movements of displaced people.
SMTNG GOOD is cosying up to art and design for the greater good
“I wanted every aspect of the project to be Proudly South African, to invest in South African resources and simultaneously contribute to growing the economy.”
Faith XLVII talks about the importance of staging Aurum in South Africa
The artist and her collaborators, Pure and Inka Kendzia, talk to us about the interactive performance piece.
Freyja Sewell is designing cognitive training technology for the future
The Royal College of Art graduate’s work focuses on meditation and developing technology for the mind.
Adebayo Oke-Lawal is rethinking masculinity in African culture
The Nigerian designer’s brand Orange Culture embraces those who do not fit in and celebrates their individuality.
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