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Face This is fostering collaboration between kids and the world's street artists
This initiative turns Indonesian kids' drawings into school funding through international collaboration.
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.
Rebuilding Somalia’s ruined cities
The civil war in Somalia has not only destroyed the lives of countless people – it also left behind many ruined cities.
Michelle Mlati's afrofuturist approach to spatial planning
“It is about spatially rewriting the city to not only mitigate apartheid spatial legacies...but one that transforms with evolving black culture.”
Friends forever – until the connection drops
Just how will artificial intelligence affect the world of design and the job of the designer? It could become a win-win situation.
Netflix product designer on bridging design gaps across borders
Mariam Braimah talks to us about how she is using her experience to facilitate skills exchanges between Silicon Valley and Nigeria.
Is it possible for childbearing to happen outside the human body?
Billie Rehwald talks about her project Ectogenesis, which is looking at using design as a tool to consider this possible reality.
Six designers tackle sustainability from food, waste and even death
These Design Indaba 2019 speakers are working to design more sustainable methods and products.
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.
Jordanian studio Turbo on resisting design trends
We chat to Saeed Abu-Jabar and Mothanna Hussein about how they’re contributing to the desert city’s flourishing design scene.
Sticklit is democratising literature and art
How a reading culture can be fostered by means of public art.
Accra's Arch Xenus is redefining what it means to be a successful architectural firm
We met the founder and principal architect who shared more about their approach to business.
What will food look like in the future, especially for the elderly
Himori Kimoto believes dignity and play should form a big part of the way we design our future meals.
AZEEMA is here to display beauty and dispel myths
“It is a celebration of heritage, culture and diversity, yet equally a champion for empowerment and progressive change."
Markus Kayser's work enables collaboration between tech and biology
“The promise of design is to inspire industry to follow suit in the quest for better methods to produce using solar energy and abundant resources.”
Baleka is two steps forward for African robotics
Developed by a team of researchers at the University of Cape Town, it’s a first for the continent.
Tin&Ed on work that fosters togetherness and celebrating the unknown
“The unknown in our practice is the most fertile place, and we love the unknown."
Designing a way to build bonds between strangers
Social designer Manon van Hoeckel creates spaces, art pieces and experiences that confront divides between people.
The whimsical illustrations of Monica Obaga
“I would say my aesthetic has always been whimsical because all my favourite media as a child were musicals, cartoons, books, comics and fashion.”
How can storytelling help alleviate the effects of disease?
Researchers are experimenting with various methods of engagement to gain insights in AIDS and antiretroviral treatment adherence.
Meet the landscape architect determined to save Bangkok from drowning
“The health of the city is directly related to the health of the people. Right now the city is sick so we are all sick,” Kotchakorn Voraakhom.
Typeface inspired by the movement of dance
Typographers María Ramos and Noel Pretorius together with dancer Andile Vellem have launched Movement, a new font inspired by the art of dance.
Reviving the history of cocoa production in Ghana
The team behind the concept will be exhibiting at Design Indaba Festival 2019 to showcase design and architecture's role in shaping place
South African artist Faith XLVII returns to Design Indaba Conference
She’s no stranger to Design Indaba, now Faith XLVII returns to our annual conference on creativity to present a never-before-seen performance
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