Afrika Design: Creative Tour of Africa
25 πŸ‡²πŸ‡¬ Sensible, Expressive, Unexpected | Fenoson Zafimahova

25 πŸ‡²πŸ‡¬ Sensible, Expressive, Unexpected | Fenoson Zafimahova

August 5, 2022

Welcome to Episode 25 of Afrika Design: a creative tour of Afrika.

Our next stop: Madagascar. Fenoson Zafimahova, a Lead Concept Designer, led the design of JBL portable speakers such as JBL Xtreme, Flip3 and Pulse 2. We discuss the creative process, AI in design, Malagasy culture, and the knowledge locals have about design. We also discuss the future of design and the biggest challenge facing designers, sustainability.

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fenoson-zafimahova

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

For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/fenoson-zafimahova

24 πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡Ό Afrika - Love Letters | Osmond Tshuma

24 πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡Ό Afrika - Love Letters | Osmond Tshuma

July 22, 2022

Welcome to Episode 24 of Afrika Design: a creative tour of Afrika.

Our next stop: Zimbabwe. Osmond Tshuma takes us on a journey into language and how it can influence art within a culture. We also explore the 'Afrika - Love letters' project that celebrates African independence and uniqueness through typography. We dive deep into Zimbabwean languages and their connection with art and technology, and how design mistakes can become a tradition and even part of the culture. We also look at 'Nyami Nyami', part of Zimbabwean folklore, how it came about, and its influence on the local people.Β 

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/osmond-tshuma

Website: https://mamgobozidesign.com

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

For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/osmond-tshuma

23 πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ώ Design For The Human Being | Juliet Kavishe

23 πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ώ Design For The Human Being | Juliet Kavishe

July 8, 2022

Welcome to Episode 23 of Afrika Design: a creative tour of Afrika. Our next stop: Tanzania. Juliet Kavishe brings with her a wealth of experience as a professional Interior Architect born in Tanzania and raised in four countries on two continents. Her personal Design Motto is that impactful design is achieved once you consider the complexities and interrelationships of human beings and their surroundings. In this episode, she walks us through interior and architectural design and the changes that resulted from pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial influence.

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LinkedIn: https://za.linkedin.com/in/julietkavishe

Website: herartfelt.com

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

For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/juliet-kavishe

22 πŸ‡³πŸ‡¦ Indigenous Knowledge In Design | Omagano Kankondi

22 πŸ‡³πŸ‡¦ Indigenous Knowledge In Design | Omagano Kankondi

June 24, 2022

In this episode, we head off to Namibia to dive deep into its culture and indigenous knowledge. We examine how different communities approach life, done through a series of boot camps in the informal sector facilitated by UNDP and the Namibian Government. Omagano talks about the UNDP accelerator lab and how they work with market vendors to connect them to buyers through a digitized system during the pandemic. She further expands on some of the unique cultural differences found only in Namibia. Join us on this stop of our creative tour of Afrika to find out what they are.

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LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/3bmMkNW

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

For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/omagano-kankondi

21 πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡Ώ We Are Fulfilled | Senetisiwe Ginindza

21 πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡Ώ We Are Fulfilled | Senetisiwe Ginindza

June 10, 2022

In this episode, our creative tour takes us to Eswatini through the lens of Senetisiwe's poem "Casted Silhouettes". A story of love expressed through poetry and performance art. Along the way, we'll discover the beauty of Eswatini and its culture, and uncover what it's like to be queer. We'll battle challenges associated with LGBTQ+ and queer love. Join us on this journey of expression.

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IG: @senetisiwe

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

For the full episode transcript: https://www.afrika.design/senetisiwe-ginindza

20 πŸ‡§πŸ‡Ό Culture Through Ergonomics | Richie Moalosi

20 πŸ‡§πŸ‡Ό Culture Through Ergonomics | Richie Moalosi

May 25, 2022

Welcome to Season 2 of the Afrika Design Podcast.

In this episode, Richie Moalosi, a professor in the Department of Industrial Design and Technology at the University of Botswana, takes us through the connection between culture and ergonomics in the design of products and services.

We look at the impact that indigenous communities have in the creation process. Furthermore, we look at how cultural differences inform the design process and how ownership of projects impacts the long-term sustainability of the solutions proposed.

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IG: @richie.moalosi

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

For the full episode transcript : https://www.afrika.design/richie-moalosi

19 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Into the Forest | Mutana Gakuru

19 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Into the Forest | Mutana Gakuru

December 3, 2021

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.

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IG: @soundsoffreedom_africa

IG: @africadheritage

Sounds Of Freedom Audio-Film :

Producer - Victor Ndisya

Executive producers - Mutana Wanjira & ChaoΒ Tayiana

For the full episode transcript : https://www.afrika.design/mutana-gakuru

18 πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡Ό Journey into Textiles | Fungi Dube

18 πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡Ό Journey into Textiles | Fungi Dube

November 19, 2021

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.Β  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

17 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Unboxing Africa | Gerald Gichuhi

17 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Unboxing Africa | Gerald Gichuhi

September 3, 2021

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.Β 

'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.Β 

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16 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Art of Tech | Nyambura M. Waruingi

16 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ Art of Tech | Nyambura M. Waruingi

August 20, 2021

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.Β 

"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.

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