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Thank you for 2018!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING 2018 AN INCREDIBLE YEAR

Thank you for your ongoing support, collaboration, partnership, and creativity in 2018. Our theme this year has been Resource & Community, and that’s where so much of our focus has gone: towards building and being a better platform for creatives to thrive in East Africa.

It’s been a year of collaboration and progress, we’ve learned a lot, worked with and met some incredible people.  Below are some of our highlights from 2018, what a fantastic year it has been!

BATA DESIGNERS’ APPRENTICE

Four of Kenya’s upcoming designers took part in a mentorship programme and competition which saw them create some stunning concepts, with the winner’s design going into production with Bata Kenya.

NAIROBI DESIGN WEEK 2018: RESOURCE & COMMUNITY

This year’s festival saw our first Careers in Design, Design Tour and Afrika Design. Over 50 organisations took part with more than 2000 attendees during the week.

E-WASTE WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCE

Taking part in design workshops with high schoolers emphasised to us how important it is to inspire the next generation of designers while they’re still at school. We’re looking forward to more events like this in future, thank you to Nikola Energy for bringing everyone together!

DESIGN CONNECTIONS

For the second year in a row, we were invited by the British Council to participate in the Design Connections programme during London Design Festival, which brought together design curators from all corners of the globe, including Uruguay, Brazil, China and Sri Lanka. We have more exciting announcements related to Design Connections coming up in January 2019!

LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE

Inspiration through Creation was a continuation of our work to give refugee creatives a platform, in collaboration with Better Shelter, RefuSHE, Curators without Borders, Sandstorm Kenya, Makers Unite, Salwa Foundation and Vidan Lawnes. The Refugees Pavilion was selected in the top 10 installations at the Biennale by Dezeen.

We also launched the #LabelledHuman campaign, asking people to empathize with refugees and share what they’ve been labelled.

KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP

We had the pleasure of visiting a number of creatives, entrepreneurs and organisations, and gained insights into the amazing work they do and some of the challenges they face. Thank you to Ann McCreath, Hivos, Charity from FilmAid, Istarlin and Maya from Dream Studio Kenya and many others for inspiring us during our stay.

BEIJING DESIGN WEEK

Nairobi Design Week alumni Rina Waligo and Felix Tao attended the International Council of Design (ico-D) Special Meeting, which took place during Beijing Design Week 2018.

DESIGN LAYERS

Our ongoing collaboration with Dr Timothy Whitehead of Aston University resulted this year in an event and video, featuring AB3D, Digital Blacksmiths, University of Nairobi and others in the 3D printing industry.


 

OTHER EVENTS

We also got to attend some amazing events, some of our highlights include:

AFRICA NOUVEAU

MDQ and team nailed the vibe, line up and organisation. We’ll be there for the next one.

AFRI-LOVE FEST

Lulu Kitololo’s first market was so much more, featuring calligraphy and furniture workshops as well as open mics and a great family atmosphere.

POP UP N CHILL

Chillimango haven’t been organising these all that long, but they already deserve a mark in the calendar way and have us excited for 2019’s events.

TYPO KENYA

Following on from NIDEC, the conference brought industry experts together in panels to discuss the importance of Typography in Kenya.

WHAT DESIGN CAN DO

A weekend human centered design workshop that allowed people to have discussions and brainstorm ideas for the WDCD challenge with some great people in attendance.


 

SEE YOU IN 2019!

If you’d like us to post information about your product, project, campaign or event, please contact us and we’ll be happy to share it with our community. Let us know if you have suggestions for additions to our Design Directory.

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