a better world through creativity
About Design Indaba
Design Indaba News
News & Features
Video Archive (2006 – present)
Our database of African and international creatives and companies making waves in the design world.
Meet the next generation: Design Indaba's Global Graduates 2017
From practical to poetic, we'd like to introduce you our brilliant Global Graduates who’ll be presenting their work at the Design Indaba Conference 2017.
NB Studio: From booze to babies to banks
We talk to Nick Finney and Alan Dye of NB Studio about their collaborative design process and some of the lessons they’ve learnt.
Black History Month: Honouring past heroes
Nigerian artist Fred Martins has created a new series using symbols of butterflies and fists to represent soul and power in Black History Month.
What does it mean to be Nigerian?
Trans-African photography project Invisible Borders looks into what it means to be African and in their project Borders Within investigate Nigerian identity.
Doubt is a creative catalyst: We grow because we doubt
In May 2016, Tea Uglow (formerly Tom) spoke on doubt as a creative catalyst. During the talk, she acknowledged she is transgender. Tea is speaking at DI 2017.
Folding, bending, manipulating matter
Industrial designer Stefan Diez investigates radical new ways of making, informed by both technology and craft. He is speaking at Design Indaba 2017.
Data is emotional
Artist and designer Ekene Ijeoma, who is speaking at Design Indaba 2017, humanises intangible data to trigger empathy and compassion.
"Everything is possible at Design Indaba": We talk to Nelly Ben Hayoun
Ahead of her third appearance on the Design Indaba stage, we talk to Nelly Ben Hayoun about her DI experiences, inspiration and why impossible doesn’t exist.
The Why Factory: Future-making machine
Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV and The Why Factory, is the kind of architect who constantly asks, “What if..?” Maas will be speaking at Design Indaba 2017.
Nairobibounce: Meet Kenyan alternative music producer Blinky Bill
Meet "Blinky" Bill Sellanga, one of Kenya's most exciting music producers.
University of the Underground: Learn deviance in creativity
Experience designer and everyday astronaut, Nelly Ben Hayoun launches the University of the Underground to train up young designers as creative soldiers.
Where are you now? Pinpoint locations with three simple words
Tech startup what3words can tell you exactly where you are with just three simple, easy-to-remember words. Its founder will be speaking at Design Indaba 2017.
Freestyle Love Supreme and South African Koeksisters
Hip hop improv crew Freestyle Love Supreme is coming to Design Indaba 2017. They're looking forward to koeksisters, we're looking forward to spontaneous jams.
Design is not decoration: Advice from Pentagram partner Marina Willer
Marina Willer tells us about how film can be cathartic, why you shouldn't give up hope and shares some wise words from Dame Margaret Calvert.
Pentagram partner Marina Willer believes inspiration comes away from a computer screen
Graphic designer, filmmaker and Pentagram partner Marina Willer, best known for the identity she created for Tate Modern, is speaking at Design Indaba 2017.
Tinker Friday: Meet Cairo-based tinkerer Dina Amin
Egyptian designer Dina Amin takes apart everyday objects to create stop-motion shorts for her project Tinker Friday.
Lernert & Sander: Smells like Everything
Artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander create exquisitely detailed conceptual films. Subjects include the smell of everything and the sound effects of fashion.
Dokter and Misses to create a "Weird Dream" at Design Indaba 2017
Dokter and Misses are planning to bring their work to life at Design Indaba Conference 2017 in a multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary performance piece.
Sleeping with Snøhetta under the Scandinavian sky
Snøhetta explores the evolving relationship between handicraft and digital technology. Architect and co-founder Kjetil Thorsen will speak at Design Indaba 2017.
Watch: South Africa's Spinach King talks healthy living
South African social entrepreneur Lufefe Nomjana, known as the Spinach King, opened the first health food cafe in Khayelitsha township.
Man vs machine: The power of human computation
Despite rumours that AI will take over the world, there's still a lot machines can’t do without man. At Design Indaba 2017, tech genius Luis von Ahn shows why.
Antoine Tempé: Documenting West African culture
French photographer Antoine Tempé has been living in Dakar, Senegal and works on portraits and documenting contemporary West African culture.
How can we help you feel data?
At Design Indaba 2017 information designer Giorgia Lupi will collaborate with guitarist Kaki King on an unimaginable journey through data and the senses.
Mushroom leather: The future is fungal
This mushroom material can grow a whole cowhide’s worth of leather in two months.
Sign up to our newsletter
Sign up to Design Indaba Weekly for the latest design news and inspiration. Sign up to Design Indaba News for updates on Design Indaba events and projects.
Design Indaba (select one or both)
Weekly editorial newsletter
Festival and event updates
Six creative crowdfunding projects worth supporting this April
12 Apr 18
Five examples of great design from Singapore
17 Sep 18
Designer Thebe Magugu explores escapism in his latest collection
1 Feb 18
This short film is a meditation on the joys girlhood
12 Feb 16
Tweets by @designindaba