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Joana Choumali on identity, tradition and dealing with trauma
“I always try to engage with the concepts of the African identity, in relation to history, especially the ways the black body is being represented.”
Lauren Bowker is making the world a little more colourful
The designer and innovator believes in pushing the limits of science, textiles and the natural world.
Is algae the material of the future?
We take a look at how this ancient aquatic life may hold the secrets to a sustainable future.
South African student tackles plastic waste with edible straws
Chemical engineering student Leila Siljeur has won R50 000 for her “Eat Me Straws”, a collection of edible and environmentally-friendly straws.
Tia Blassingame is using her craft to investigate racism in America
Using old-fashioned printing methods, Blassingame’s work focuses on historical and contemporary racism.
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.”
How Nelly Ben Hayoun is challenging the music and film industry
Her new documentary, informed by the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, explores what are the origins of knowledge.
These designers are merging tech and product design for more inclusive products
We look at the work of designers who are trying to make products that tackle access for those with disabilities.
Vietnamese designers create sneakers from coffee beans
Rens Originals is the sneaker brand that is taking your ground coffee waste and turning it into some of the freshest sneakers out there.
BioSolar Leaf is cleaning the air and putting food on the table
Experimenting with alternative ways to grow food, Arborea is tackling climate change one BioSolar Leaf at a time.
Carlo Ratti's juice bar ensures that no drop goes to waste
Italian innovation and design firm Carlo Ratti Associati’s ‘Feel the Peel’ juice bar creates bioplastic cups made from oranges.
The DisOrdinary Architecture Project is creating inclusive urban spaces
“People are only disabled when they are confronted with a barrier. If those barriers are removed, the disability ceases to exist.”
How AeroDelft is saving the skies
Student researchers from the Delft University of Technology are making aviation a little greener by trading in jet fuel for hydrogen-powered cells.
Thebe Magugu takes a seat at the fashion table
The 25-year-old former Design Indaba Emerging Creative recently won the 2019 LVMH Prize for his womenswear which often carry subtle political messages.
Limbo Accra, how design is saving a city caught in limbo
Art platform, Limbo Accra, explores the urban structures of the city of Accra
How 'Sakhile&Me' is connecting Africa to the world
Sakhile Matlhare explains how she created a hybrid art and research gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Nonument Group is breathing life into forgotten worlds
Martin Baraga and Neja Tomšič, of the Nonument Group, and their team of researchers have set out to save the forgotten monuments of the 20th century.
Noma Osula on capturing the beauty of Africa
“I want to portray the beauty I see in Africa and reconstruct the perceived idea of beauty and perfection.”
Ukugrumba exhumes the tales of forgotten foot soldiers of the past
Design Indaba Emerging Creative Tshepiso Mabula’s series 'Ukugrumba' examines the vacant spaces in conversations about justice, liberation and reconciliation.
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.
Tahiti Fashion Week: A celebration of the island's rich cultural history
We take a look at the untapped talent of the French Polynesian island of Tahiti.
Meet the Queen of Cowries: Lafalaise Dion
For Ivorian designer Lafalaise Dion, the cowrie shell is representative of African legacy and spirituality.
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