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Molly Keogh: West African textiles, contemporary style
We talk to the designer behind the Accra-based fashion brand Osei-Duro.
Free the nipple: LED teats contest censorship on Facebook
Anonymous Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus create a carpet of glowing nipples outside Madrid's Facebook office to protest against censorship.
Hattie Newman: Creator of paper worlds
London-based set designer and paper artist Hattie Newman is in love with tactile things.
Things we learnt in 2016
We share a few of the interesting, incredible and sometimes unbelievable things we learnt on Design Indaba this year.
Gemma O'Brien: The art of lettering
Letter artist Gemma O'Brien talks about the appeal of the handmade and the way that the shape of words can capture the character of a place.
What does flatpack furniture have to do with love?
Assisted intimacy: How to build flat-pack furniture and bond with your loved ones.
Kate Moross: How to make mess look good
London-based art director Kate Moross and her studio create explosive work, often for music artists or events with a certain chaotic (messy) energy.
Dakar's Creatives: A photo series that captures the city's movers and shakers
In this photographic series by Jean Baptiste Joire we see Dakar's young creative agents in places in the city that inspire them.
Ibaaku: Creating unique African beats
While in Dakar, we talked to Senegalese music producer Ibaaku about his hypnotic afro-beats.
Naresh Ramchandani: The power and grace of words
Naresh Ramchandani is a master wordsmith. Here, we talk to him about some of the creative campaigns he has been involved with over the years.
Somto Ajuluchukwu: African comic culture
Vortex Inc is a Nigerian comics company that is aiming to change the perception of Nigeria through cartoons that reflect the local culture.
This is Olafur Eliasson. We'll let him introduce himself
Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson created the vast, indoor sun at the Tate in London, made rivers run green and made a waterfall flow upwards.
Biografica: Don't fear failure
Spanish design studio Biografica create motion graphics and editorial design using paper cutouts, clay, play doh and other real objects.
Nifemi Marcus-Bello: Affordable furniture for urban Nigerians
Product designer Nifemi Marcus-Bello works with local processes and artisans in Lagos to make affordable, lightweight furniture for aspiring, urban Nigerians.
Assemble: The DIY architecture collective
London-based collective Assemble have members with diverse skills and take on practical projects from furniture to civic spaces and public theatre.
How to make a city more malleable with Turner Prize winners Assemble
Paloma Strelitz and James Binning, two members of the Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble, talk about how to make a city a playground of possibilities.
Makeba: Wanna dance?
Featuring South African artist Karabo Poppy Moletsane and the street artist R1, plus a pantsula crew from Soweto, check out this awesome music video by Jain.
Kalahari Bushmen: Photographs that celebrate culture
Photographer Chanel Sophia Oosthuizen presents a series of images that capture the profoundly peaceful life of the Kalahari bushmen.
Michael Elegbedé: The taste of Nigeria
Nigerian chef Michael Elegbedé is opening a restaurant in Lagos that tells the stories of Nigeria through unique flavours and local ingredients.
Interactions between the body and space with FOS
Danish artist-cum-designer Thomas Poulsen, also known as FOS, plays with the interactions between the human body and the space it occupies.
Francis Kokoroko: Documenting life as it goes
Ghanaian photographer Francis Kokoroko creates images that reflect his understanding of the world.
Chat with Kent Lingeveldt
What do you want to know about Cape Town-based longboard skater and shaper Kent Lingeveldt?
Unsatisfying: You know this feeling
Motion design studio Parallel Studios are calling for people to submit short animations of completely unsatisfying moments in their day.
Intimate Strangers: We The People
In Part 4 of her series Intimate Strangers, Puleng Mongale captures another pair of lookalikes and sets the images to the lyrics of A Tribe Called Quest.
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