Nairobi Design Week

PROFESSIONALS looking for talent and keeping up with the latest news, events and opportunities.

ENTREPRENEURS promoting their work within a supportive community of collaborative creatives.

STUDENTS of all ages discovering the creative sector and how they can fit into it.

ENTHUSIASTS interested in learning about the faces, products and projects of Afrikan design.

 


 

WELCOME TO NAIROBI DESIGN WEEK.

WHY DO WE EXIST?

Our mission is to highlight the importance of all design disciplines and their impact on economic, social, cultural and environmental development. By sharing, collaborating and learning together with our community, we are creating business, employment, and education opportunities in design.

 

 


ABOVE ALL ELSE: COMMUNITY

We believe the world would be a better place if we worked together to make it so.

We exist to serve our community, and all our decisions aim to benefit them in the long term.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

CONNECT

ONLINE Our website and digital platforms promote, inform and inspire our community throughout the year.

EVENTS We organise the Nairobi Design Week festival annually, and because the community has so much talent, we recently launched Nairobi Design Weekly! We also produce and support events for our partners.

CURATE

EXHIBITS & EXPERIENCES Every year, we curate a number of exhibitions featuring Afrikan work, in Kenya and abroad.

NEWS & TALENT We keep an eye on the industry to find which events, projects and new designers to look out for.

CREATE

SPECIAL PROJECTS centered on brand strategy, creative campaigns and capacity building.

PRODUCTS, SYSTEMS AND SERVICES through design thinking methodologies, industrial design and technology sourcing.

WHAT DO WE DO?

SUPPORT AFRIKAN DESIGN, LOCALLY.

We are committed to providing the environment and resources that the local community of designers and creatives needs. Our free Directory and Events sections allow individuals and organisations to promote their work and activities.

TAKE AFRIKAN DESIGN TO THE WORLD

By taking part in international events such as the London Design Biennale, or sitting at the table with global design organisations, we are creating more space in the international design community for Afrikan design.

OUR ANNUAL THEMES

Every year we focus on a different theme. This theme helps us to find the best design has to offer within the community, and inspires projects that have short and long term impact. Our themes become part of the values that we exist by.

2020: INCLUSIVITY

We will be holding special Nairobi Design Weekly events to announce projects & partners we’re working with. If you’d like to be involved in NDW20, we will be announcing an open call soon!

2019: CULTURE & HERITAGE

Remembering the significance of how our heritage has influenced the world we live in today, and how design impacts the culture of the one we will pass on to future generations.

2018: RESOURCE & COMMUNITY

We believe it’s extremely important for us to be resourceful and to show our community how to make the most of the resources available to them. We like exploring the materials and tools available to us as creators and seeing untapped opportunities in waste.

Our community is at the heart of what we do. Above all, we want to bring together people and ideas and provide the design community with the right opportunities and information for it to continue to thrive and grow.

Find out more about Nairobi Design Week in our upcoming FAQ.