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Mzukisi Mbane’s imprint on African fashion
The Design Indaba Emerging Creative on building a global brand that pays homage to his identity and celebrates femininity.
Design Indaba launches the Future Cities Residency
Paloma Strelitz is the first resident of the Design Indaba Future Cities Residency.
Graphic designer Rofhiwa Mudau is using famous faces to inspire the youth
“This acts as inspiration to influence a positive work flow to the career or the job of your dreams.”
Babusi Nyoni is making AI more accessible and relevant
The Zimbabwean developer made a gqom and vosho app and also worked with UNHCR to predict the movements of displaced people.
Faith XLVII talks about the importance of staging Aurum in South Africa
The artist and her collaborators, Pure and Inka Kendzia, talk to us about the interactive performance piece.
Freyja Sewell is designing cognitive training technology for the future
The Royal College of Art graduate’s work focuses on meditation and developing technology for the mind.
Adebayo Oke-Lawal is rethinking masculinity in African culture
The Nigerian designer’s brand Orange Culture embraces those who do not fit in and celebrates their individuality.
Steph Foster focuses his lens on the American prison system
Interdisciplinary artist Steph Foster is using his art to investigate and address what's wrong with the United States criminal justice system.
Faith XLVII on the power of collaboration
"Entering into collaborations with key people in my life has helped me rediscover my root inspiration."
Mirjam de Bruijn's work explores the border between function and aesthetics
She speaks about Twenty, a range of waterless dissolvable capsules that take away the need to use 80 - 95% water to make these products.
Building a more sustainable future
The architectural and engineering industries need to come up with new, gentler ways to construct future projects.
Carolien Niebling is creating the sausage of the future
Product designer Carolien Niebling believes that people can make a difference if they just take a moment to look at things a little differently.
How Hannah Barry is revolutionising the London art scene
She may not call herself an art curator but Hannah Barry explains how she revived an art scene via an abandoned car park.
First ever Ghana Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale designed by David Adjaye
The historic event is a celebration of Ghana's untapped cultural capital.
Annabelle Selldorf on architecture's responsibility beyond the building
The veteran architect questions the greater role architects need to play after erecting projects in underresourced areas.
Ida is a non-invasive, painless way to test blood/glucose levels
“When designing for these diseases, you’re not designing to please or impress. You design because people are on fire and you might just have the water.”
John Pawson on the discipline of minimalism
“It takes great discipline to reduce until you can't further subtract anymore."
Dong-Ping Wong on his ambitious work at FOOD architecture studio
The architect's projects include an idea for a pool that also purifies the East River as well as collaborations with Kanye West and Virgil Abloh.
Lucas De Man on being a creator and following your gut
“Designing shows that there’s so many possibilities because there is no one truth. There is power in not knowing.”
Spanish mural artist, Okuda, uses art to bridge cultural borders
His murals have transformed degraded and abandoned buildings into unique colourful spaces around the world
Kagiso Lediga on storytelling, failure and staying true to who you are
“You need to be honest when you’re telling your story…it has to be a truth from inside.”
Olof Schybergson on the influence of design on our society
"With the help of technology, with the help of design, we are improving the world".
Markus Kayser's work enables collaboration between tech and biology
“The promise of design is to inspire industry to follow suit in the quest for better methods to produce using solar energy and abundant resources.”
Keenan Wyrobek on saving lives with drones
“Doctors shared with us their torment at losing patients they knew how to save. They knew the treatments. They just didn’t have the supplies.”
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