3rd-12th Nov 2016

Design in the eyes of the Artisan








How can we improve the experience of riding in a matatu?


All aboard the Design Matatu


Participants will define the purpose of the strategic question: they

define the scope, outline shared goals, reframe the problem and ask focusing questions

Stop 2 : Explore

They will research and discover the human experience of the problem, approaching users on the street or at nearby stages to ask what works and what needs to change. Participants will learn that the most important insights are often latent - things that

people want or need but don’t always tell.


This phase will help participants generate and rapidly prototype new ideas. Every idea will be prototyped (using basic materials), tested with users and refined to reflect the feedback.


During the final stage they will create

a proposition that describes the future

state and how to achieve it. They’ll

recommend a set of actions to address

the core challenge.

Tujenge na solar



Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non- profit design and community development organization, that physically transforms

‘underserved’ communities by partnering with them to, improve environmental, economic, and social quality of life. One of their areas of reach is in Kenya’s largest informal settlement, Kibera.

Their project here is called #TujengeKibera, translating to ‘Let’s build Kibera’. It is an online social media campaign and competition

initiated by KDI. Over the years there have been many stories written about Kibera and its residents often portraying the settlement in a

negative light; but KDI’s experience working with the communities tells another story.

It is aimed at highlighting stories of positive change in Kibera, shifting perceptions, and investing in initiatives with potential in the settlement. These are stories about residents who take responsibility for their environment and try to be the change they want to see, building and operating projects that positively impact their communities. Stories of people with mentorship programs for children through arts and sports. Stories geared at changing the narrative. Stories #of entrepreneurs and artisans.

This year, Sun King will join KDI in hosting the event. In the solar tent they’ll be sharing success stories of customers from around the world, promoting access to solar energy through their EasyBuy technology and product range.

TujengeKibera launched in 2015 with a fun- filled day and a call to action encouraging Kibera residents to get involved and contribute

their stories to the campaign, culminating in a competition. Residents sent in their own proposals for transforming the community and the winner announced in March this year, won a 100,000 Ksh cash prize and investment in their project.

Design Market






As one of Nairobi’s most creative multi-disciplinary spaces, Creatives’ Garage will host its second NDW2016 event on Saturday 12th November, inviting the public to browse, discover, ask questions and shop.

This market isn’t all about selling. It’s about raising awareness of design’s breadth and elevating it in the public’s eye. be for Nairobi’s creatives to share ideas, collaborate, learn, and gain access to market opportunities,this will provide an opportunity for artisans and exhibitors from a wide range of disciplines to showcase their products and services to the general public. With

the mix of exhibitors on offer, it will be an educational, interactive and friendly atmosphere. The event hosts a dynamic and unique selection of design thinkers and crafts.

Exhibitors will include design organisations and artisans from across the industry. Visitors will have the opportunity to pick through local, high quality design objects and interact with Nairobi’s vibrant creative scene.


In August 2016, Nairobi Design Week hosted six undergraduate and masters product design students from De Montfort University, UK. Our mission was to give them a flavour of the creative and business opportunities that Kenya has to offer and make them fall in love with the country. In such a short time it’s impossible to see everything, but were perfectly positioned to create a tailormade, focused experience that engaged the students throughout.

To travel the world, experience new cultures and make new, international friends is an investment for a lifetime. As part of the University’s #DMUGlobal programme, we flew from London

to Nairobi to immerse ourselves in a new culture, with the aim of helping to design and market solar lighting products.

We arrived in the middle of the night and after some sleep settled into the hustle and bustle of Nairobi life. On our first day we visited the University of Nairobi, meeting design peers and learning about their approach to design. Our first weekend

provided an excursion to lake Naivasha, where we camped next to hippos, ate around a campfire and had a perfect opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the Sun King products that we’d spend the week working with. After a relaxing introduction,

we were excited to kickstart our trip and get involved in the Nairobi design scene.

ThinkPlace provided a great, one day workshop which introduced us to the process of human centered design (HCD). Within hours we were challenged to get out on the streets and start interviewing people straight away both an intimidating and enthralling experience. We learnt how to analyse these interviews, creating unique insights that can lead to exciting new products

or solutions.

The following days allowed us to put these skills into practise by visiting Sun King customers in Limuru and Machakos, talking with locals about the products they owned and needs they had, and learning to empathise with people whose lifestyle was very different from ours.

Upon arrival back at the Sun King offices, we analysed the material we had collected and brainstormed a myriad of ways we could better market solar products in rural areas. The ideation session was not only great fun but it also provided and eclectic mix of serious and wacky ideas. With feedback from the Sun King team, we narrowed down to a few concepts and developed them further with low fidelity prototypes, presenting the results to the CMO, Melissa Lo and her team.

This experience was life changing for the students. It opened their eyes to a world outside the UK and enabled them to develop new design methods and approaches. The links we

developed through NDW were invaluable and over half of the group are already exploring ways to return to Kenya and continue this work. We will continue developing this partnership andcan’t wait to come back in 2017!

Dr Timothy Whitehead


Design Chill-out

NDW2016 will launch with a special edition of the popular Friday Chillout. We are excited to host Mugendi M’Rithaa, the president of the World Design Organisation, who will take the stage to introduces this year’s festival. He will be joined by speakers from Aurecon, Sun King and NDW.

Join us for this special sundowner, lit by Sun King lamps throughout and get introduced to Nairobi’s design scene. Enjoy an evening with your favorite designers, interact with like-minded creatives and meet visitors from across the globe.

Creatives garage is a broad-spectrum movement for Creatives to network, share ideas, collaborate, learn, gain market accessibility and push boundaries.

It was formed out of past frustrations faced by its founders in the creative industry such as lack of funding, under pricing, lack of talent appreciation, me too-ism syndrome, education and practical

sessions, lack of networking opportunities, undercutting and lack of exposure lead to the realisation of creating a platform that could address these issues.

Design-thinking workshops


‘Slums’ have become a byword for subtle but serious human

rights violations. On a daily basis thei inhabitants are unable

to exercise and receive basic human rights such as: health-

care; housing; sanitation; clean water; legal information

and legal representation.



KnownAfrique is a Law Social Enterprise with a vision of making the law known by solving social problems through legal solutions.

KnownAfrique sets out to promote easy access to the law by linking Law, Technology and Design.

SlumFighters develops, implements and transmits a method to transform informal settlements, together with all stakeholders so

that citizens obtain a sustainable and humanelife.

Together, KnownAfrique and SlumFighters spread knowledge and understanding in order to fight injustice, corruption and poverty. As a flagship project, both KnownAfrique and SlumFighters will support the Mathare community to set the agenda for upcoming changes.

They will start by focusing on the unfolding case of the Undugu School (formerly Mathare Polytechnic), also working together with

community organizer Gibson Maina and Undugu principal Mary Moi to make plans with and for the community. They will conduct research, share expertise and hold meetings and human centered

design workshops. Here they will demonstrate the way they empower communities legally, spatially and socio-economically. Based on the human centered design process, KnownAfrique will design legal content and avail a Lawkit tailor made for Undugu School.


  • Empower the Mathare community by assisting in effective utilisation of the school grounds.

  • Plan for the sustainable use of the Mathare Undugu community school.

  • Engage county municipality in combined bottom-up & top-down development.

  • Embrace the complexity of human and urban life, including all relevant aspects ranging from social and e

Artisan & Fox

Everything created from the hands of an artisan tells a story, and Artisan and Fox is on a mission to share these beautiful stories with the world.

We’re discovering and providing hidden makers access to the international markets. Currently Artisan and Fox works on the ground and collaborates with local community groups in Nepal,

Bangladesh the Philippines and Kenya. Through our monthly subscription box, consumers can discover quality and authentic artisanal products, and go on a vicarious journey to the mountains of Nepal, or the pristine beaches of Philippines.

Their mission is simple: to provide economic opportunities to underprivileged artisans by bringing local micro-enterprises and community groups online, and to share the human story behind

each product. What makes us unique is our 50/50 promise. We literally share 50% of our profits with our artisan partners. This is in line with our commitment to the ethical production of crafts,

and fostering sustainable livelihoods for our artisan partners.

Crafted 3 ways



Bone and Horn

Founded in 2006 by Jack Nyawanga and two other skilled craftsmen from Kibera, Victorious Bone Craft utilizes bones and horns from butcheries and slaughterhouses to make beautiful handcrafted products. These include necklaces, earrings, key holders, spoons and hair clippers, which are sold in both local and international markets. In a bid to make the youth more independent, Victorious Bone Craft offers training to men and women from across Kibera. Thereafter, the trainees are free to establish their own workshops and bring their products to market. Victorious Bone Craft is environmentally conscious,

ensuring that their trainees are made aware of responsible dumping mechanisms. The group hopes to increase their production capacity through training more youth to join their




Baraka Menza is a young, enthusiastic social entrepreneur from Kibera, who saw an opportunity to transform dumped tyres into unique sandals. After Baraka completed college in 1998, he was unable to secure employment.

He got into this business after he had learned, for two years, how to make sandals from tyres and spent another year refining production. Finally in 2002, Baraka started his own business. He creates the sandal designs himself, and also takes custom orders. In the beginning, it was difficult to for him to find a space to operate, as well as to source other supplies. Since then however, Baraka has been able to employ three more peoplewho help in production on a permanent basis. When he is on a strict deadline, Baraka hires more workers on a temporary basis. Despite the fact that he has the capacity to produce in bulk, He has always faced a challenge when it comes to finding a consistent larger market for his products.

Baraka touts his family as his biggest source of inspiration. Through referrals from friends and his established local networks, Baraka has been able to sell his sandals throughout the community.



Kibera-based artisan Moses Ojowi makes brass products from scrap metal and other recyclable materials, sourced locally from the Kenyan community. Prior to starting his own business in 2008, Moses was employed in a company that also made brass


He decided to start his own business because he was really enthusiastic about learning more, and further developing the skills he had acquired. Moses chooses to source his materials locally because he believes it boosts the local economy

and empowers small businesses. The use of recyclable materials means that his business is environmentally responsible and ethical. Moses purchases a small percentage of his brass materials from retail outlets within Nairobi; among some

of the scrap materials he uses to make cast products are water pipes and old padlocks.

Moses has a wide product range; his cast brass products include rings, pendants and bangles. He also makes non-cast products from brass sheets and wires, and these include earrings, bracelets

and necklaces. In addition, he makes products that combine horn, bone and brass as well. Moses trades his products

through established local networks. He also receives customization orders from the international market. However, his

biggest challenge are the middlemen by whom he often feels cheated. He hopes to gain access to more direct markets in the



Thank you to all those who took part in, supported and celebrated the first festival.

Festival Credits





NDW Manager


Brand Manager


Event Cordinator


Event Organizer


NDW assistant