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Photographer Thero Makepe brings childhood memories to life in new photo series
“I hope my artwork also provokes viewers to reminisce about their childhood adventures and troublesome filled stories.”
Designers who will challenge the norm at Design Indaba Conference 2019
From biotechnologist Markus Kayser to design critic Alice Rawsthorn, these designers have each taken their own unique approach on design and innovation.
6 of South Africa's best up-and-coming illustrators
Part of the Emerging Creatives programme, these young designers will exhibit their work to the public at Design Indaba Festival 2019.
Art, dialogue and action to transform marginalised communities
The team at Colloqate wants to eliminate toxic government policies and Confederate infrastructure in the city of New Orleans.
Smart Havens Africa uses human-centered business models to help the poor build homes
The company looks at developing green houses by promoting sustainable building and also tackling housing poverty.
Converting historical sites into modern architecture with John Pawson
Set to speak at Design Indaba 2019, architect and interior designer, John Pawson is known for his minimalist approach.
Basic Income Cafe uses coffee as a metaphor for the flow of money
“Visitors are provoked to experience the underlying economic models first hand."
0.9 grams of brass: A brass paper clip that symbolises a cow’s life
See how graduate student Adelaide Lala Tam uses this project as a metaphor for the life cycle of a cow.
How urban planning can help us cope with climate change
The results of this recent research could help city planners build our future cities better.
Playful sonic sculptures that reverberate across the design world
Pentagram London’s newly appointed partner, Yuri Suzuki, will be speaking at Design Indaba Conference 2019.
Iran's hidden history now told by postage stamps
Iran had a history before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and a design student is using stamps to highlight this.
Futurist Alexa Clay on why Silicon Valley should focus on goodness and humanity
She says there needs to be more to tech than just building another app to get rich.
Night Loo offers refugee women a safer toilet option
Going to the toilet becomes a serious problem for refugee women when they face attack on their way to the bathroom.
Low-cost artificial leg for amputees in developing countries
A prosthetic leg made from recycled plastic is about to change the lives of amputees in developing countries.
A menstrual toolkit developed for refugee women
This toolkit caters to every aspect of the menstrual cycle and it's reusable.
Three ways designers are preparing for disaster
These innovations are not only responsive but empathetic, taking a human-centred approach to solutions-based design.
Unpacking graphic design with Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Seymour Chwast & more
These industry elites drop some priceless gems after illustrious careers in graphic design.
Play Mat connects parents to autistic kids
The Electronic Play Mat is designed to promote interactive play between autistic children and their parents or caregivers to build communication.
Five past Design Indaba speakers on how they perceive product design
Watch Design Indaba Alumni give their take on what it means to make quality functional products.
The Human Utility: How a Twitter discussion started a movement
What started out as a Twitter discussion soon became a way to address the water affordability and access issue in the United States.
Acknowledging Ghana's slave trade history with sculptor Kwame Akoto-Bamfo
“As a Ghanaian who is interested and inspired by Ghanaian and African culture, I'm a living witness to the knowledge that is being lost to time.”
How two researchers hacked software to create a functional AI for their diabetic son
"Not one of those companies allowed me to directly access the data that was literally coming out of my son’s body. So I hacked it."
Woebot: A smart, accessible mental healthcare solution
Created by a group of Stanford psychologists, WoeBot is used in over 120 countries and has generated over 2 million messages since its launch.
Afrolitt founder Pamela Ohene-Nyako on the importance of having black literature voiced and heard
“I feel like some works can really open up one’s imagination and help us envision inclusive and liberated futures.”
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