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Dutch designer Vera de Pont on making fashion sustainable and DIY
She believes fashion could be downloadable and open source where designers become facilitators that guide the customer instead of being in control.
Alexa Pollmann: Design, migration and a future form of statehood
Alexa Pollmann’s project Indivicracy presents a future statehood, where governments are no longer territorial and citizens are followed by a social network.
Rich Mnisi: Fashion forward design
We talk to emerging South African fashion designer Rich Mnisi about the challenges of making a name for yourself in a young, local market.
Free language education for the world
Tech entrepreneur Luis von Ahn created an app that enables anyone, anywhere to learn a language for free.
Woza: The story of an African Surfer
"Woza" tells the story of an African surfer who has been taken as a lover by the African water spirit Mami Wata.
African aesthetic and Scandinavian sensibilities
We chat to Marcus Engman, head of design at IKEA Sweden, about the new Afrikea collaboration between Design Indaba and IKEA.
Wednesdays with Goddard
A personal quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.
Grandmothers, Afrofuturism and Nairobi-beats
Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia directs his first film, the music video to Blinky Bill's new song "Atie".
MOLD: A focus on the future of food
This new independent publication focusses on the future of food and how design can help feed a hungry planet.
Arch for Arch celebrates Archbishop Tutu and the freedom of South Africa
It will be launched on 7 October, 2017 to coincide with The Arch's 86th birthday.
StelooLive: An experimental, electronic soundscape in Accra
In this live mix of fashion, art and sound, Accra-based trail-blazer Dj Steloo creates an experimental soundscape using glass, spoons and cans as instruments.
Things we learnt from Kate Moross
It’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole.
Masters in the art of freestyling it
We chat to Freestyle Love Supreme ahead of their Design Indaba daily wrap ups and once-off performance this Thursday at Nightscape. Get your tickets now!
We chat to awe-inspiring artist Olafur Eliasson
We held a live Twitter Q&A with artist Olafur Eliasson ahead of his Design Indaba Conference talk. Here are his forceful and beautiful thoughts.
Future technologies: Ideas that are changing our world
At Design Indaba Conference 2017, we've gathered the greatest minds in the tech industries. From the founder of Airbnb to MIT fellows, the best grads and more.
The making of a dreamscape
Come with us into a surreal world of magical trees, otherworldly art installations and a full-blown lineup of awesome musicians and DJs.
Award-winning Burkina Faso architect Francis Kéré to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion
Our longtime friend and Design Indaba alumnus Francis Kéré has been chosen to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London. It will be his UK debut.
1001 Cairo street chairs and the particular charm of imperfection
The long-term Sidewalk Salon project documents the city of Cairo by looking at it from the perspective of the ubiquitous street chair.
The Zulu alphabet in 25 lino prints
South African graphic designer Siya Masuku designed a beautiful printed Zulu alphabet, featuring 25 lively animals, to help teach children isiZulu.
Special Projects create an experience that encourages connection between generations
The NEW OLD exhibition at the Design Museum focusses on how design thinking can help people live fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives as they age.
SPACE10 open sources The Growroom
The design for The Growroom, an urban farm that looks into how living architecture can feed the city, is now open source and available for anyone to use.
Void the transaction: Rich Mnisi's new Winter Collection
For his AW17 collection, emerging South African fashion designer Rich Mnisi releases a collection of interesting and awkward silouhettes.
Oshun: Tunes for V-Day from Ghana
Hip-hop collective Yoyo Tinz share their latest playlist for Valentine's Day fresh from Accra, Ghana. The mix is named after the Yoruba spirit of love, Oshun.
Lost people wander around surreal pastel worlds
The people in these images seem oblivious to the surreality of their pastel surroundings.
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