Nairobi Design Week

Nairobi Design Week is an annual festival that celebrates the Kenyan design community and the impact that creative industries are having on lives and the economy. We provide a free online Design Directory, as well as updates on the latest news, jobs and events in Nairobi and beyond. We connect, curate and create in order to strengthen the industry and bring Afrikan Design to the world.

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.

Our Values

Each year we have a different theme. This theme inspires us to find the best of what design has to offer within the community and has a long term impact on our organisation. Our themes become part of the values that we exist by.


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.


Our Aims

Nairobi Design Week started in 2015 as a way to give the wealth of talent in Kenya and East Africa a platform to showcase and collaborate on. We have two overarching aims.

Give Afrikan Design a global audience

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.

Build a platform for the community

We are committed to providing the environment and tools that the local community of upcoming design talent needs.