WHAT IS NDW?

Nairobi Design Week is a community design studio and annual design festival.


NDW collaborates with local and global communities, businesses, non-profits and creatives to inspire and strengthen each other through the power of design and creativity.


We are a team of designers, artists, engineers and generalists brought together by our love for design.

MEET THE TEAM!

Adrian Jankowiak
Designer Founder
Mutura Kuria
Operations Lead

Naitiemu

Creative Lead

David King'ori
Production Lead
Joy Mala
Community Manager
Adam Yawe
Tech Lead
Felix Owaga
Community Designer

WHERE TO FIND US

It all started so local designers can collaborate to solve local problems.

Festival & Studio

Community design studio that organises an annual festival.

Creative Community

A community that comes together to collaborate, co-create, showcase and share.

Podcast & Shorts

A tour of the culture African continent

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PRESS RELEASES & MEDIA

2022

Nairobi Design Week 2022: Where We Live

Full Press Kit | Press Release


2021

Nairobi Design Week 2021: Together

Full Press Kit | Press Release


Doing Zero with Design Manchester @COP26

Press Release


2020

Nairobi Design Week 2020: Design is for Everyone!

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'Labelled Human' Song & Music video

Press Release


2019

Nairobi Design Week 2019: Culture & Heritage

Press Release


2018

Refugees Pavilion @ London Design Biennale 2018

Press Release | Media Appearances

Adrian Jankowiak

Adrian is fascinated by culture and creativity. He connects people, ideas and technologies.

He's an industrial designer and creative director who approaches problems through collaboration and prototyping.

Adrian has worked in the New Technologies Group at Reckitt, where he worked on over 20 of their top brands, including Air Wick, Dettol and Durex.

Adrian also designed a range of environment and education focused toys at Rezonant in India, called ‘Gween Toys’.

Adrian facilitates creative thinking through workshops that involve live sketching, prototyping, design methodologies and asking questions.

Some of his work can be found at adrianjankowiak.com.

Mutura

My super power is in facilitating co-creation in a data driven approach for innovation and problem solving.


A highly driven and committed project management professional, with a Bachelors in Information Technology, and an ongoing MBA in Project Management. I have over 7 years of experience designing and managing community based projects in collaboration with International NGOs. I am a tactful team player who undertakes tasks with diplomacy, flexibility and assertiveness.


I am a junior Data scientist and a lover of life

Naitiemu

I am a material & performance artist and artistic director. I am intrigued with the way materials behave and the patterns they go through, especially because I find a connection with human psychology.

My technical understanding of material science is supported by a Bsc degree in Civil Engineering which enables me to merge scientific principles with artistic concepts. This has influenced my experimental approach to material manipulation such as using different chemical reactions on metal to create art, using optical and audio concepts in my art, performances among other approaches.

Merging different elements and principles allows me to explore the multi-dimensionality of art. A piece of artwork can transform into many forms, but the emotion evoked remains the same.

I would love to explore art in all different ways, yet make it a universal language for all humans, as we are all connected.

I love to experiment with different materials and explore their properties in unconventional ways. Through this, I find my art approached via improvisation.

David King'ori

Creative and imaginative Motion Graphics Designer and Animator with a talent for creating unique and trendy animations. Through the application of Human-Centered Design and a background in Psychology, I strive to use intuitive techniques to develop ideas and concepts. Equipped with multimedia software expertise and great communication skills; I am able to work with others to deliver stellar designs with incredible attention to detail.

Naitiemu

I am a material & performance artist and artistic director. I am intrigued with the way materials behave and the patterns they go through, especially because I find a connection with human psychology.

My technical understanding of material science is supported by a Bsc degree in Civil Engineering which enables me to merge scientific principles with artistic concepts. This has influenced my experimental approach to material manipulation such as using different chemical reactions on metal to create art, using optical and audio concepts in my art, performances among other approaches.

Merging different elements and principles allows me to explore the multi-dimensionality of art. A piece of artwork can transform into many forms, but the emotion evoked remains the same.

I would love to explore art in all different ways, yet make it a universal language for all humans, as we are all connected.

I love to experiment with different materials and explore their properties in unconventional ways. Through this, I find my art approached via improvisation.

Joy Mala

Meet Joy, an artist, a philosophical writer, an analytical chemist & objectivist exploring various storytelling media (Poetry, prose, VR, podcasts, film, watercolor) to understand and explain the human nature and unanswered questions about life.

Joy has a demonstrated history of working in the development sector, arts & creative hubs and the media production industry as a consultant in Project Management and Communications Strategy.

She has a drive to connect and build communities with a goal to create and experience diverse art, beauty, cultures and possibilities of futures that enhance the human experience. She is the Community Manager at Nairobi Design Week.

Adam Yawe

A long time skateboarder and founder of the skateboard brand Zamani Skateboards. When not skateboarding and exploring the streets of Nairobi, I enjoy developing and prototyping consumer products, applying the problem solving and design skills gained as an engineering student to bring projects to life that otherwise may not have seen the light of day.


My main inspirations are Nairobi street culture from my many years exploring all corners of the city on a skateboard and traditional Kikuyu ideas based on a passion for my ancestry. I use these inspirations to create authentic products and experiences that stand out due to the rich stories and cultures that birth them.


Felix Owaga

I am an Illustrator and Designer from Nairobi, Kenya. I am passionate about branding and illustration.

I use my designs to promote inclusivity and conversations around humanity and social change and also use a variety of different styles like abstract, line work, scribbling and different color palettes to illustrate my characters so as to fit a particular audience.

I work towards telling stories through Art and creating reliable and communicative designs.

I believe in Design being a world changer.

Art is life....Design is what gives life meaning

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