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Design Indaba

Design Indaba

16 Mill Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

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+27 21 465 9966

Work hours
MO 08:30 – 17:00 SA closed
TU 08:30 – 17:00 SU closed
WE 08:30 – 17:00
TH 08:30 – 17:00
FR 08:30 – 17:00
About Our design stories & videos feature world-class design in unexpected places, uncover the power of design for change and insight into the creative process
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Mission We are building a better world through creativity. We believe the creative impulse is a form of alchemy that transmutes the ordinary into something beautiful, relevant, impactful or empowering.
Design Indaba brings this can-do spirit to bear both locally and further afield by harnessing the power of design to solve society’s problems. Born of a resurgent optimism post-Apartheid, our vision is that the creative sector can be an engine for economic growth.
Description Design Indaba inspires and empowers people to create a better future through design and creativity. We are an online publication (designindaba.com) with an annual Festival and social impact do tank.

Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the global creative landscape, based on the foundation of our annual Festival that has attracted and showcased the world’s brightest talent since 1995. We have broadened our through-the-year offering with our online design publication that features the best of the world's creativity and attracts over half a million visitors each year. Through these channels we champion noteworthy design, facilitate and produce creative projects, support creative businesses and run educational initiatives.


Designindaba.com is our online design publication that embodies how creativity and the design sectors are actively driving a better world. It has taken the place of the award-winning print version, Design Indaba Magazine, which was published from 2001 to 2011.

Our focus is African and global creativity, through the lens of the work and ideas of leading thinkers and doers, opinion formers, trendsetters and industry experts.

In conjunction with Design Indaba’s foray into Africa at the 2014 Expo with the Africa is Now exhibition, designindaba.com has taken on the endeavour to become the leading voice on African design, creativity and innovation.

Our core values are education, inspiration and activation. Through designindaba.com we endeavour to inspire and empower our global audience to use creativity to build a better world.

Our content surveys every facet of design. Designindaba.com offers world design news and features on up-to-the-minute trends and innovation, image galleries featuring the best of the creative industries, exclusive filmed interviews and design series, videos of Design Indaba conference talks, and a design directory representing global creative thought leaders.

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Awards EIBTM award for Best Conference in the World (2005)

Loerie Award for Best Live Event (2007)
Founded 1995
Products Online:
Designindaba.com online publication
Design Indaba Video App
Design Indaba Festival App

Design Indaba Conference
Design Indaba Expo
Design Indaba Simulcast
Design Indaba FilmFest
Design Indaba Music
Emerging Creatives
Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA)
Educators Indaba

Design Indaba Do Tank:
Your Street
Design Indaba 10x10 Low-Cost Housing Project
Making a Difference through Design

Cape Town Design Week
South African Design Week
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