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'Afrika, Design!' is the show that takes African design to the world. Brought to you by Nairobi Design Week. Presented by Adrian Jankowiak. Thank you for tuning in, hope you enjoy the show!
Sep 3, 2021
A platform for Artists to exhibit and sell art - Gerald Gichuhi, Unboxed Africa | ep 17
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.
Aug 20, 2021
🇰🇪 Nyambura M. Waruingi–The Art and Tech of Curation | ep. 16
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.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 13, 2021
🇰🇪 "It's about being heard"–Samantha Weya, Skika Afrika & Togetherness Through Community | ep. 15
"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 6, 2021
🇲🇿 Makings of a World Class Designer with Guidione Machava | ep. 14
What makes a World Class Designer? There are designers who make things look better. There are designers who make things work better. Guidione Machava @guidione_machava is the designer who makes teams collaborate better. Guidione brings his experience as a Product Designer, Creative Leader, and Community Builder to this episode. From World Bank projects, scrappy startups, and non-profits across the continent, Guidione commits his time to systems, products and services that have a positive impact on people's lives. "Design is like sex... no one taught me, but I've learned." "Communication, community and collaboration...the first comes naturally to me, so the rest becomes easy." "When I say 'best designer' I'm not talking about craft...I'm talking about mindset." He is the author of “Design Sutra”, a collection of design principles for designers in the early stages of their careers. He founded the World-Class Designer School, home to the brightest design minds in Africa, supported by companies like Webflow, Framer, & Shopify; he also organised the World-Class Designer Conference, Africa's most diverse and inclusive design conference. Notable speakers included Debbie Millman, Marty Cagan, Randy Hunts and designers from Google, Facebook, Boeing, Visa & 40+ more. Guidione holds a degree in Economics from St. Thomas University in Mozambique and an ongoing Honours in Interaction Design by Open Window in South Africa. Learn more about Guidione and his work at https://guidionemachava.com/
Aug 5, 2021
🇰🇪 Illustrating Nairobi By Listening, with Jesse Itemere | ep. 13
Jesse Itemere @jesseitemere is the visual designer and illustrator behind the album artwork for Nairobi Yetu, a digital composition that memorializes and celebrates our city under the sun with typically "Nairobian" elements and symbols. In this episode, we discuss Jesse's background in Law & Development Studies, and passion for human-centered design, which brought to bear on the collective, creative process and style behind the resulting album cover. "What makes Nairobi Nairobi?" "The idea was... the roots of hip hop go back to New York, 1980s etc. What can we do to show that and how that could have influenced hip hop culture in Nairobi?" Nairobi Yetu is a debut album by producer and rapper Blocka Beats @blochains_blocka, and was the soundtrack to the NDW2021 online festival.
Aug 5, 2021
🇿🇼 Sankofa Typeface and Design System - Batsirai Madzonga | ep. 12
If all designers globally aspire to create the same aesthetic, how can our designs represent the cultures they come from? Batsirai Madzonga @batsimadz , designer of Sankofa Design System shares his inspirations & experiences. We discuss the process of creating, re-appropriating typography, iconography and color palettes and he talks about his mentor @sakimaf. “I took inspiration from nature, for example, fractals, and it was interesting to explore and create patterns and geometry in UI design.” “I’m trying to create digital experiences that users can easily connect with, because they seem familiar.” We used the Sankofa font as the display font for this year's Nairobi Design Week theme 'Together' 💚 Find more of his work at madzonga.com
Mar 2, 2021
🇷🇼 Venuste Kubwimana on water & education access through positive action | ep.11
Venuste Kubwimana is the President and Secretary General of the International Transformation Foundation (ITF), based in Kenya and Rwanda. The formation of ITF was inspired by his troubled youth during the Rwanda Genocide in 1994. He strives to make the world a better place for the youth through ITF. He won Global Innovator of the Year Award 2018 at the 10th Anniversary AIDF Global Summit in Washington DC and his project ‘A Water Kiosk at School’ was named among the top 50 innovations at the Africa Innovation Summit 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. This episode is part 5 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design Afrika festival. Check out our new visual identity and website at www.afrika.design !
Feb 10, 2021
🇲🇿 Bruno Songane's Baptism by Fire at Goodwall.io | ep.10
Bruno is a project manager at Goodwall, a professional development community for youth around the world. Over the past 5 years, he has been part of various initiatives in pursuit of Goodwall’s mission to empower the next generation of talent on their learning and earning journeys, including the creation of the BetterTogether Africa program designed to support emerging young talent in the continent. He was born and spent his childhood in Mozambique and now calls Geneva, Switzerland home. We talk through his experiences thus far in his career from internships to being part of a start-up. This episode is part 4 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design Afrika festival.
Jan 25, 2021
🇷🇼 Jean Claude Nsabimana on the Creative Process of Art Direction | ep.9
Nsabimana Jean Claude is a visual artist and a contemporary storyteller. His interests lie in photography, film and video production and design. As a visual artist he believes one should be the voice for the voiceless. He uses his work as an activism tool. Jean Claude has won the Adobe Design Achievement Award in 2019 for Top Talent in Photography. He shares his upbringing, how living in 🇰🇪 Kenya and 🇿🇦 South Africa has influenced his life, the importance of storytelling about sustainability and more. This episode is part 3 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design Afrika festival.
Jan 5, 2021
🇳🇬 Benedicta Uweru on Sexual reproductive health | ep.8
Her projects have informed thousands of girls on Menstrual Hygiene and new Menstrual Products. Benedicta Uweru is the founder @girls4developmentgoals , co-founder of @bennyandfreddylimited, a Supply Chain Pharmacist and Young Leader. She impacts communities through development projects around Sexual Reproductive Health (SRHR) with a focus on: Teenage Pregnancy, Menstrual Hygiene, Nutrition, Education and Capacity Development. Benedicta tells stories from her childhood to how she has gone to inspire so many at such a young age, the value of design to her work and differences between cups and pads. This episode is part 2 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design Afrika festival.
Dec 23, 2020
🇰🇪 Phinoshey on music with an Afrikan mindset | Sun from Kibera album | ep.7
'Sun from Kibera' is the debut album from Phinoshey, a self taught producer, writer, and rapper from Kenya. His musical inspiration pulls from hip-hop, soul, and jazz. Kibera is the largest urban slum in Africa. We listen to the album with him and hear about the stories and relationships that influenced it, and his plans for the future. His friend and collaborator Brian Amimo, who helped to arrange the album, joins to give his inputs and stress the importance of classical music. Phinoshey is also the producer behind the 'Labelled Human' song that was written and recorded during Nairobi Design Week 2020.
Oct 28, 2020
🇳🇬 Blessing Akpan on disruptive education | ep.6
Blessing is a Google Certified Educator, Founder of 'The Innovative Child Network' and Ambassador for HundrED.org, and still studying for her Undergraduate degree. She's an inspiration to learners and teachers. The Innovative Child Network: https://www.ticnetwork.com.ng/ Blessing's LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blessingakpan/ HundrED.org Profile: https://hundred.org/en/users/blessing-akpan Part 1 of a 5 part series, in partnership with Open Design Afrika festival. Afrika Design was the podcast partner for Open Design Afrika festival 2020.
Oct 10, 2020
🇰🇪 Don Adero on having fun in design and research | ep.5
Don learned to appreciate the art of storytelling and photography from his father (2:22). He has worked as a graphic designer at Nation Media, graduated as part of the first cohort from Nairobi Design Institute (12:45), and is a design researcher at IDEO.org (33:36). He gives tips to designers (50:15), we discuss his design bookshelf (58:38), interviews that touched him (1:03:06) and how his faith makes him a better designer (1:08:07).
1 hr 14 min
Aug 23, 2020
🇬🇭 Daniel Ampofo on the hottest design talent in Ghana | ep.4
On this episode with Daniel Ampofo we discuss local & global design mentors like Chris Do, Ghanaian creative talent, African influence on Beyonce albums, the future of designers in society and much more. Daniel is the founder of DexArtmosphere and DexGhana, a design education platform and conference, creative director at 93Studios, VP at Hacklab Foundation and a design writer and observer. Outro 🎶:'Top of the Morning' by Clef and Bandana. 11:00 Mentors 20:00 DexGhana vision 30:45 Long term ambitions, designers earning a seat at the table & those he looks up to 1:01:15 Future plans & Dex conference info
1 hr 19 min
May 23, 2020
🇰🇪 Three residents on designing your first products | ep.3
Kashyap, Farhia and Grishon took part in ‘The Urban Residency’, organised by Kenya Lighting Industries and Nairobi Design Week to give young designers an opportunity to bring real products to market. They spent 5 days at Kenya Lighting Industries, refined their designs & learned about industrial manufacturing methods: laser cutting, CNC punching and electrostatic powder coating. Intros: 6:45 Process: 14:47 Learnings: 24:30 Feedback: 43:45 Legacy: 46:29 Outro: 59:45
1 hr 4 min
May 19, 2020
🇺🇬 Eugene Kavuma on Uganda's design future | ep.2
Eugene Kavuma is the founder & director of Kampala Design Week. We caught up during the 2nd KDW at his home in Uganda, discussed the trials and tribulations of starting a design festival, his design travels, collaborations with the British council and NEON Studio and how they turned 100 wooden stalls into an installation for the festival. He also talks about the $700 bet on his own exhibition, curating Uganda's creatives and more. Find him @kavumae & @kampaladesignweek
May 4, 2020
🇰🇪 Esther Kute on designing at the world's biggest footwear manufacturer | ep.1
Esther Kute was the youngest, 1st female & 1st black Product Development Manager at Bata Kenya. Products she designed sell globally, have featured @NYC fashion week, in Vogue magazine & sell millions in USD. TOPICS: Face fears, take opportunities, make a change life. Learning from Ann McCreath & Osborne Macharia and much more. 🎵 @Sheylofi 20:00 Being the first in her job at Bata 49:20 Facing your fears 54:00 Advice & experience Find her on twitter @estherkute
1 hr 17 min