What can Africa teach the powerhouses of industrial design? Part II of IV – Slow and steady wins the race

What can Africa teach the powerhouses of industrial design? Part II of IV – Slow and steady wins the race

Dutch designers Melle Smets and Joost van Onna followed the trail of Europe’s discarded vehicles to capitalism’s periphery – the industrial hub of Suame Magazine in Ghana. In this immense open-air factory, over 200 000 craftsmen recycle discarded car parts into new vehicles. Smets and Van Onna collaborated with local craftsmen to create a new, characteristic African car: the SMATI Turtle 1. The car took its name from its characteristics – slow but steady speed, its basic and strong mechanics and its protective bodywork. Full story at designindaba.com

Sarina Nihei – Illustrator – Tokyo, Japan

Sarina Nihei – Illustrator – Tokyo, Japan

Sarina Nihei is an award winning animation director and illustrator living in Tokyo. She started making animation at Tama Art University in Tokyo and graduated with a BA in graphic design. In 2012, she moved to London to start Maters degree in animation at the Royal College of Art. After graduating from the RCA in 2014, she works as a freelance animator/illustrator. Specialising in hand-drawn animation, she makes surreal and absurd stories.

Cat Stevens – Photographer – London, UK

Cat Stevens – Photographer – London, UK

Cat Stevens is a photographer based in London, UK. Her works have been widely exhibited in shows such as: ’Uncertain States’ Bank Gallery and ’Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams’, Claire de Rouen, Exit Gallery. From editorial to fashion photography, Cat has shoot for British Vogue, ELLE, EMI, Helmut Lang, Nylon, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Plant Journal, Uncut, Warp just to name a few.

Monica Sutrisna – Artist/Designer – Melbourne, Australia

Monica Sutrisna – Artist/Designer – Melbourne, Australia

Monica "Mon Mon" Sutrisna is a "designer with an artists' mindset", based in Melbourne, Australia. Her style is fixed on creating monochromatic portraits contrasted by an intense color palette and unusual pattern designs. "Design from my perspective is about moving forward and an opportunity to create something everlasting for yourself and for the world to see."

Marcin Owczarek – Don Quixote – Belgium

Marcin Owczarek – Don Quixote – Belgium

Marcin Owczarek latest project ”Paradise Lost” is series of photographs which links the idea of the degradation of the first humans with the degeneration of humanity through the centuries up to the present day. Marcin studied photography at The College of Photography in Wroclaw, graduating with an honorable mention for his 'Brave New World'. He uses photography and collage to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, dreams, new technologies, bio-science, the unconscious, morals, social situations, behaviours, habits, rituals, biological changes, depression in urban environments, overpopulation - which have significant impact on human life.

FUNNYCROSS by Christo Guelov – Madrid, Spain

FUNNYCROSS by Christo Guelov – Madrid, Spain

FUNNYCROSS uses zebra crossings to intervene in the urban landscape. The metaphor “A bridge between two shores” is the starting point of this artistic intervention. Using simple geometrical designs and saturated colours reinforces the specific signaling and creates a touch of colour in our urban landscape.

Angelo Bramanti – Multidisciplinary artist – Syracuse, Italy

Angelo Bramanti – Multidisciplinary artist – Syracuse, Italy

Angelo Bramanti is a multidisciplinary artist based in Syracuse. He was born in 1983, and have studied at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Rome. His latest projects include sculptures titled: 'Bamby not dead' and 'L'estetica dell'inutile' to name a few. Check out Angelo's website today!

What can Africa teach the powerhouses of industrial design? Part I of IV – Scarcity is a tough teacher

What can Africa teach the powerhouses of industrial design? Part I of IV – Scarcity is a tough teacher

There’s nothing romantic about people being so desperate for building materials, they’ll strip a newly built school down to its foundations. But constraints can lead to clever creative breakthroughs – a principle every designer knows. Some very smart solutions in sustainable, tech and product design are emerging from the African continent. Design Indaba has been championing these examples of African innovation since it was founded in 1995, with coverage now like never before. Go to designindaba.com for stories about African makers and creators with a singular, make-do approach to materiality, transforming what’s at hand into unexpected objects and designs that delight.

Casssandra receives “certificate of typographic excellence” from Type Directors Club – Porto, Portugal

Casssandra receives “certificate of typographic excellence” from Type Directors Club – Porto, Portugal

Cassandra is a book that gathers seven Portuguese authors who write about Portugal. Art directed by Sergio Alves at Atelier d’alves for client Cão Danado, Cassandra received from The Type Directors Club, the Certificate of typographic excellence in Communication Design.

Tengis Type Studio – Nomadic Fashion Index – Mongolia, China

Tengis Type Studio – Nomadic Fashion Index – Mongolia, China

The irreplaceable value of ancient languages is from their uniqueness of designatum since they are pure and simple, unlike the modern languages which cover the concepts in an obscure way. In the view of this facts, Tengis Type Studio have designed some fonts based on traditional Mongolian handwriting to encourage this linguistic field and to maintain the value of world. Tengis Type Studio is an independent brand that combines Mongolian typeface with graphic symbols in aesthetic perspective.