Design Stories by Afrikans

for Afrikans

Adrian Shaughnessy INTERVIEWS FELIX OFORI DARTEY on afrikaN design (padi)

As a white European liberal I like to think I’m free of irrational prejudices of all kinds. But I’m also a graphic designer. Can I say that I’m free of prejudice or bias in this area? Do I, for example, value contemporary African graphic design as much as I do its European or American counterparts?

Inside the West Africa–Inspired Forms of Studio Lani

Long before she began her studies at Parsons School of Design, Lani Adeoye sketched a form – one which remained persistent in her mind. It had the visual lightness of a rattan basket and the energetic curves of vines: organic shapes evoking rhythm.


From simple alphabets to secret symbolic languages, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa celebrates the many forms of written communication across the continent of Africa.


During the the Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI) event “Our Time is Now” held in South Africa (February 2020), ICoD interviewed Ghanaian delegates, Felix Ofori Dartey and Sam Nii Adjaidoo.

Design perspectives in South Africa: interview with Juliet Kavishe (IID)

In late February 2020, ICoD was fortunate to visit South Africa, invited by the Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI) to attend the Afrikan Design Week event “Our Time is Now”. This is what Juliet Kavishe shared on design in South Africa during her interview with ICoD.

Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation - PROF. MUGENDI

A 6 week course for anyone who wants to make a difference. Whether you are already familiar with the field of social innovation or social entrepreneurship, working for an organization that wants to increase its social impact, or just starting out.

African Design Matters - simon charwey

This looks like the start of a great archive organized by Ghana-based Simon Charwey: African Design Matters, a “free directory in solidarity and in support of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) creatives and creatives of African descent.”