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Afrika Design: Creative Tour of Africa

Afrika Design: Creative Tour of Africa

By afrikadesign

Stories behind the culture of design problems, systems and solutions. We’re talking to creatives from every corner of Africa and learning how they use design. Brought to you by Nairobi Design (@nairobidesignweek). Hosted by Adrian Jankowiak (@adrianj.ig) & Naitiemu (@naitiemu) Edited by David King'ori. Produced by www.nairobidesignweek.com Episodes and transcripts at www.afrika.design Thank you for tuning in, hope you enjoy the show! Please leave a review to let us know what you thought.
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7 🇰🇪 Afrikan mindset | Phinoshey

Afrika Design: Creative Tour of AfricaDec 23, 2020

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63 🧵Threads of Inclusion | Wanjiku Angela
Dec 01, 202333:12
62 🍭Synesthesia: Where Senses Collide | Journey Through The Senses

62 🍭Synesthesia: Where Senses Collide | Journey Through The Senses

In this episode, we embark on a sensory odyssey with your host, Adrian, a rare synesthete offering a unique insight into the world of synesthesia—where senses intertwine, transforming music into colors and words into tastes. Adrian's personal journey unfolds at the Venice Design Week, where he collaborates with experts to unravel the mysteries of synesthesia's impact on daily experiences and problem-solving.

Joining Adrian on the panel are members of Journey Through The Senses, an International Nonprofit Organization celebrating human sensory perception through art, performance, science, technology, and interactive installations. This extraordinary exploration is made possible through a partnership between Journey Through The Senses and Nairobi Design, in collaboration with Venice Design Week. Join us as we navigate this remarkable tapestry of perception and delve into the captivating world of synesthesia.

Panel:

James Wannerton (UK) [Producer/Key Organizer]

Anton V. Sidoroff-Dorso (Russia) [Chief Science Officer]

Professor Julia Simner (UK) [Science Advisor]

Michael Haverkamp (Germany) [Product Design]

Adrian Jankowiak (Poland/Kenya) [Creative Director]


This is the 32st episode under the ‘Shifting Narratives’ program supported by the British Council SSA Arts.

*For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones.

Instagram: journeythroughthesenses

Website: Journey Through The Senses

Music by: Ngalah Oreyo (⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@ngalah_oreyo⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠) and Mercy Barno (⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@merc.b_⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠)

For the full episode transcript:

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.afrika.design/synesthesia

Nov 27, 202358:46
61 🛖Archtivating African Heritage | Gabriella Okeno
Nov 17, 202329:46
60 👩‍🎨Brushing Against Stereotypes | Miora Acker
Nov 10, 202329:08
59 🎥Behind The Scenes | Victor Gatonye

59 🎥Behind The Scenes | Victor Gatonye

In this episode, we have the pleasure of introducing Victor Gatonye, who holds the role of Creative/Technical Director at Zamaradi Productions, boasting nearly two decades of experience in the realm of TV and Film production. Victor is widely acknowledged for his pivotal role in nurturing Kenya's Film industry, steering Zamaradi Productions to create more than 71 TV films, 11 TV Shows, a feature film, and successfully executing two international projects in Canada and Sweden. He takes us on a captivating journey, providing his unique perspective on the history of TV and Film in Kenya and recounting his personal evolution into the multifaceted roles of a Film/TV director, actor, story developer, and writer.

Victor's storytelling in TV and Film genuinely resonates with the human experience, offering a lens to examine the challenges we encounter in life. Furthermore, you'll gain insights into the creation of a small-scale 'Hollywood' by Victor and his team, as well as how it has organically grown into something more extensive than just Zamaradi Productions.

This is the 29th episode under the ‘Shifting Narratives’ program supported by the British Council SSA Arts.

*For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones.

Website: Zamaradi Productions

Instagram: victorgatonye

LinkedIn: Victor Gatonye

Music by: Ngalah Oreyo (⁠⁠⁠@ngalah_oreyo⁠⁠⁠) and Mercy Barno (⁠⁠⁠@merc.b_⁠⁠⁠)

For the full episode transcript:

⁠⁠https://www.afrika.design/victor-gatonye

Nov 03, 202340:59
58 🎯Design: A Solution to Every Challenge | Dr. Laura Glory
Oct 27, 202332:59
57 🫂Crafting Cultural Narratives in Design | Chrissa Amuah
Oct 21, 202328:20
[Bonus] 🎧Adrian talks with Wambui Chege | Hideout Podcast
Oct 20, 202301:04:39
56 🖨️You Can’t 3D Print Everything | Mohammed Firozhusein
Oct 14, 202328:20
55 🕴️Elevate Your Brand Game |  Newton Chege
Oct 06, 202322:12
54 🗣️The Digital Dental Shift | Melanie Walch
Sep 29, 202334:11
53 👩‍🎨From Sketches to Global Reach | Nairobi Design Spaces ft Ladouce Nadabha
Sep 22, 202331:31
52 🎼Nairobi's Encore: Yo-Yo Ma's Bach Project | Nairobi Design Spaces ft Peter Holmes à Court
Sep 15, 202323:37
51🚶🏿Trusting the Journey |  Nyandia Kamawe
Sep 08, 202341:17
50 📽️Stop.Motion.Magic |  Inkspace Bureau
Sep 01, 202319:19
49 🎨Teaching the Art of Possibility |  Brian Omolo
Aug 25, 202337:40
48 🍍Pineapple Into Textile |  Nairobi Design Spaces ft Rethread Africa & Benjamin Barwa

48 🍍Pineapple Into Textile | Nairobi Design Spaces ft Rethread Africa & Benjamin Barwa

How do you take your business idea to market?
In this episode, we congratulate one of the winners of the What Design Can Do: Make it Circular challenge—Rethread Africa; who are developing the technology to turn agricultural waste into biodegradable textile fabric. In November 2022, a group of university students came together to change the world. Charles Oyamo and Mitesh Varsani from Rethread join us to share their experience, goals, and the challenges they faced along the way. Their strategy involves working with using existing materials and resources in order to free up more land for food production and by extension reducing the reliance on unsustainable synthetics.
We are also joined by Benjamin Barwa— a project management and SME advisory expert, who shares insights on how to get ideas and concepts to market. His mission is to assist start-ups such as Rethread Africa to flourish and understand the commercial landscape which is often lacking among entrepreneurs.
Are you looking to start your own business?
This is the 18th episode under the ‘Shifting Narratives’ program supported by the British Council SSA Arts.
*For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones.
Rethread Africa Website:
rethread.africa
Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) Website: www.kenyacic.org
What Design Can Do (WDCD) Website: www.whatdesigncando.com
LinkedIn: Charles Oyamo
Mitesh Varsani
Benjamin Barwa
Music by: Ngalah Oreyo (@ngalah_oreyo) and Mercy Barno (@merc.b_)
For the full episode transcript: www.afrika.design/wdcd-rethread-africa
Aug 18, 202345:27
47 ☮️ Symbols of Peace, Love, Design |  Nairobi Design Spaces with Naitiemu & Adrian

47 ☮️ Symbols of Peace, Love, Design | Nairobi Design Spaces with Naitiemu & Adrian

Earth day, Woodstock concert, Vietnam war, Hippies…what do they have in common? The Peace Symbol. The infamous peace symbol is one of many. It was designed not for peace but for nuclear disarmament. This was after the devastation that the first and second world war brought upon the world especially in Europe. Many were tired of the conflict which never seemed to have an end in sight. The general sentiment at the time was “this has to stop!”. The destruction being caused was not just affecting human beings but also the planet. Naitiemu shares the history around peace symbols and how this positive message was transmitted between cultures through design. We explore peace symbols in East Africa, West Africa and the world. Which symbols of peace are you familiar with? This is the 17th episode under the ‘Shifting Narratives’ program supported by the British Council SSA Arts. *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones. Naitiemu’s Website: https://www.naitiemu.com Adrian Jankowiak’s Website: https://www.adrianjankowiak.com Seven Symbols of Peace: https://7symbolsofpeace.com IG & Twitter: nairobidesign_ Music by: Ngalah Oreyo (@ngalah_oreyo) and Mercy Barno (@merc.b_) For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/peace-love-design
Aug 11, 202322:33
46 🚘 Driven by Design! | Jonathan Kasumba

46 🚘 Driven by Design! | Jonathan Kasumba

Aug 04, 202342:35
45 🇺🇬 For The Love of Stationery | Rina Waligo

45 🇺🇬 For The Love of Stationery | Rina Waligo

Rina Waligo leads us on a captivating journey through the vibrant world of making African wedding stationery and greetings cards, with a digital art twist, set against the backdrop of Uganda.

In 2015, Rina embarked on her creative journey at Nairobi Design, and since then, she's been on a relentless pursuit to realize her dream of becoming the designer she's always aspired to be as the founder and creative behind Mpenzi Paper Studio and Ibuno Design in Uganda.She takes us through how moving from your comfort zone can lead you to success.

Through her travels from Kenya, Uganda, and China, Rina has absorbed a rich tapestry of influences, shaping her distinctive creativity wherever she ventures as she remains undeterred, despite doubts of family, friends, and society.Join us as we delve into her narrative, unraveling the unforeseen challenges in crafting environmental conscious paper creations with an African and digital art flair. This is the fifteenth episode under the ‘Shifting Narratives’ program supported by the British Council SSA Arts. *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones.

IG: ibuno.design Website: https://mpenzipaperstudio.squarespace.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rina-waligo Music by: Ngalah Oreyo (@ngalah_oreyo) and Mercy Barno (@merc.b_) For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/rina-waligo

Jul 28, 202342:13
44 🇰🇪 African Augmented Reality | Walid Kilonzi
Jul 21, 202331:22
43 🇰🇪 The Art of Thriving | Lulu Kitololo
Jul 14, 202327:15
42 🇰🇪 Green Building Revolution | Wekesa George
Jul 07, 202331:01
41 🇰🇪 Voices of Identity: A Name Collection [Special Episode]
Jun 30, 202317:22
40 🇳🇬 Artistic Fusion | Inatimi ’Nazquiat’ Nathus
Jun 23, 202324:20
39 🇰🇪 Beyond Runway: Her Multifaceted Journey | Marynciana Adema
Jun 16, 202329:19
38 🇲🇦 Designing Africa’s Future | Hicham Lahlou

38 🇲🇦 Designing Africa’s Future | Hicham Lahlou

Why is it important to export Africa to the world? Hicham Lahlou is a brilliant Moroccan designer and artist who effortlessly combines tradition, modernity, and aesthetics in his mesmerizing works. He is the founder of Africa Design Award, Africa Design Days and Special Envoy & Regional Advisor for Mena Regions & Africa of the World Design Organization. Hicham’s work transcends boundaries, captivating audiences with his thought-provoking art installations and exhibitions. His vast African heritage serves as his source of inspiration. He highlights the importance of introducing the world to Africa, our concepts, and our creations. He goes on to emphasize the value of networking to discover people who will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities. He encourages us to bond and help one another as Africans. He invites us to explore the transforming potential of African design and to embrace our individual artistic inclinations. Hicham Lahlou is a remarkable designer whose creations continue to transform how we view African art, culture, and design. Tune in to find out how we can grow African design beyond our borders! This is the eighth episode under the ‘Shifting Narratives’ program supported by the British Council SSA Arts. *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones. IG & Twitter: @hichamlahloudesigner Website: https://www.hichamlahlou.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hicham-lahlou African Generation: The Power of Design: African Generation - version anglaise: The power of Design Music by: Ngalah Oreyo (@ngalah_oreyo) and Mercy Barno (@merc.b_) For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/hicham-lahlou
Jun 09, 202340:21
37 🇰🇪 Design’s Transformative Touch | Leanne M’Munyori
Jun 02, 202346:47
36 🇰🇪 Style and Sisterhood | Neema Walove

36 🇰🇪 Style and Sisterhood | Neema Walove

Discover what it takes to be successful in the fashion industry! Neema takes us into the world of fashion and her journey to the point where she launched her own company, Walove by Design. Her clothing line aims to empower women by assisting in the formation of a sisterhood centered on appreciation for women and their contributions. She draws attention to the difficulties faced in Kenyan and other African households where creative industries, such as fashion, are considered more as hobbies than as jobs that "put food on the table." She explores Taita beading tradition because it served as a major source of inspiration for her designs that reveal the creative process. This is the sixth episode under the ‘Shifting Narratives’ program supported by the British Council SSA Arts. *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones. IG & Twitter: @walovebydesign LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neema-walove Music by: Ngalah Oreyo (@ngalah_oreyo) and Mercy Barno (@merc.b_) For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/neema-walove
May 26, 202333:44
35 🇰🇪 Renewed Cultural Wisdom | Sylvia Omina Otsieno
May 19, 202329:36
34 🇺🇬 Past Meets Present Design | Kenneth Kanaabi
May 12, 202323:48
33 🇰🇪 Developing Cultural Competence | Mathews Wakhungu
May 05, 202338:39
32 🇪🇹 Legacy Lives On | Tsedaniya Delnessa
Apr 28, 202341:30
31 🇰🇪 Enabling Through Arts | Sharon Zarita

31 🇰🇪 Enabling Through Arts | Sharon Zarita

We are back on the tour of Afrika! This will be the first episode under the ‘Shifting Narratives’ program supported by the British Council SSA Arts. In this episode, Sharon Zarita takes us through her journey of becoming an Arts & Culture consultant. We talk about the exchange of cultural knowledge and ideas. Sharon elaborates about how her company, Sekoya East Africa, is an arts organization that serves emerging craft makers and creative professionals through creative skills development, promotion of their work and provision of peer mentorship. We also unpack the benefits of mental health support and how Sekoya can bridge the gap between education and the workplace. In her words ‘be the canopy for emerging artists.’ *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones. Website: https://sekoyaeastafrica.com IG: @sekoyaeastafrica LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/sharonzarita Music by: Ngalah Oreyo (@ngalah_oreyo) and Mercy Barno (@merc.b_) For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/sharon-zarita
Apr 21, 202331:09
30 🇰🇪 Make It Circular! ♻️ feat. Esther Kute
Dec 20, 202252:34
29 🇺🇬 Mistakes Make Us | David Ogutu
Nov 11, 202243:36
28 🇿🇼 Don’t Forget About Yourself | Dillion S. Phiri
Nov 04, 202240:17
27 🇰🇪 Why Afrika With a ’K’ | Mugendi M’Rithaa
Sep 02, 202231:26
26 🇳🇬 How Artists Get Spotted | Ifeoma Dike
Aug 19, 202241:52
25 🇲🇬 Sensible, Expressive, Unexpected | Fenoson Zafimahova
Aug 05, 202238:05
24 🇿🇼 Afrika - Love Letters | Osmond Tshuma
Jul 22, 202233:20
23 🇹🇿 Design For The Human Being | Juliet Kavishe
Jul 08, 202238:36
22 🇳🇦 Indigenous Knowledge In Design | Omagano Kankondi
Jun 24, 202233:03
21 🇸🇿 We Are Fulfilled | Senetisiwe Ginindza
Jun 10, 202228:54
20 🇧🇼 Culture Through Ergonomics | Richie Moalosi
May 25, 202233:02
19 🇰🇪 Into the Forest | Mutana Gakuru

19 🇰🇪 Into the Forest | Mutana Gakuru

Mutana Gakuru is a Kenyan creative based between Paris and Nairobi, and is the founder and creative producer of the African Fiction Academy; a hub for artistic innovation inspired by African cultural heritage. In this podcast he talks about the 'Sounds of Freedom', an audio film series that captures the lives and personal experiences of the young men and women who chose to fight for Kenya's independence. *For the best experience, please use a headset/earphones. IG: @soundsoffreedom_africa IG: @africadheritage Sounds Of Freedom Audio-Film : Producer - Victor Ndisya Executive producers - Mutana Wanjira & Chao Tayiana For the full episode transcript : https://www.afrika.design/mutana-gakuru
Dec 03, 202142:03
18 🇿🇼 Journey into Textiles | Fungi Dube

18 🇿🇼 Journey into Textiles | Fungi Dube

Fungi Dube is a scientist by training (BSc. Human Anatomy and Physiology & Biochemistry) and a Creative Solopreneur by calling. She is a strategic, intentional, calculated, and self-taught brand and visual identity graphic designer from Harare, Zimbabwe with 6 years of experience. In this podcast episode, she talks about one of her projects, Threads.  Threads is a visual journey through the writing and graphic systems embedded in African textiles. Check out her Behance page to learn more about the project: https://www.behance.net/gallery/123641221/THREADS IG: @fungidubegraphics Find the full transcript here: https://www.afrika.design/fungi-dube
Nov 19, 202132:24
17 🇰🇪 Unboxing Africa | Gerald Gichuhi

17 🇰🇪 Unboxing Africa | Gerald Gichuhi

When I started out as an artist, I had zero clue on how to exhibit my work and connect with clients. It is through a caring community of creatives, and my persistence to discover art spaces that I was able to get to know more.
This is a common issue faced by majority of emerging artists. After all the hard work that goes into making these amazing creations, what next?
Unboxed Africa Offers that solution . Gerald Gichuhi, founder and CEO, expounds on how they focus on discovering different artists, and working with them hand-in- hand to showcase, market and sell their creations.
In this conversation, We delve into past and future projects. Including a blockchain system for artists that will help reduce plagiarism of artworks.
'That small opportunity that you give someone might just be the stepping stone they need to get somewhere...'
Welcome to Afrika Design podcast; where we document stories from those making a difference in Africa.
Sep 03, 202140:26
16 🇰🇪 Art of Tech | Nyambura M. Waruingi

16 🇰🇪 Art of Tech | Nyambura M. Waruingi

Nyambura M. Waruingi creates, curates, and collaborates through various artistic expressions, bringing audiences unique ways to imagine new worlds. She's a filmmaker and curator passionate about combining art, design and technology. She pushes the frontier of what is possible through her creative enterprise Akoia & Co. by producing and curating projects, which merge cinema, visual arts, gaming, and immersive technologies. Nyambura joins us on Afrika Design to talk disruptive technologies, digital blackness, interdisciplinary processes and inclusivity for women.  "What I've been able to do is create on the edge of things, and that's what feels disruptive for people." "How do we include Africanness as part of the conversation on Digital Blackness?" "Women are not a monolith...you have to commit to the work of including women." Learn more about Nyambura and her work to "imagine radically" at: @nyambura_mw and @akoiaco.
Aug 20, 202101:01:21
15 🇰🇪 Being Heard | Samantha Weya

15 🇰🇪 Being Heard | Samantha Weya

"Skiza na Skika"–Skika Afrika is a platform for African creatives to boost their careers. "It's about being heard," says Founder Samantha Weya, which is why she created a meeting point where Africa's creatives can connect, find work, increase their visibility & upskill. For her, Skika pursues a balance between recognizing the narratives behind African stories, but also giving creatives the infrastructure to build sustainable creative careers. From portfolio curation to fan support, brand consulting and mental wellness, Skika Afrika is all-encompassing in its mission to amplify the voices of African creatives, allowing them to bring to the world a broader understanding of who Africans are. "The reason parents don't want you to go into creative industries is: Where is the money going to come from? How will you eat? How will you pay the bills?... But that's just a lack of there being enough sustainable industry." "How can you get connected and plugged into a creative community that enables you to create what you want?" "Our market needs to value our talent." "The creative industry needs to leverage financial security, and vice versa." By profession, Samantha Weya is an Actuarial Analyst. She brings her understanding of risk, insurance and financial security to the creative industry to emphasize how creatives can take care of each other and their work. Learn more about Samantha and Skika Africa here: https://beta.skikaafrika.com/ and follow the platform on instagram, facebook & twitter!
Aug 13, 202149:12