Despite common perceptions that shape Africa as a land of “famine, corruption, or imposing landscapes,” one of the most defining features of the continent is innovation.

“The Guy with Style” from the series “Moments of Transition” by Mario Macilau Alito.

The world as we know it is in transformation – politically, economically, socially, culturally and technologically. Anyone wanting to know how design can facilitate or even accelerate this change would be well advised to look to Africa, where the changes are very evident.

In 2012 more mobile phones were registered throughout Africa than in the United States or Europe, namely some 650 million. Spearheading this shift is a new generation of thinkers and makers whose multidisciplinary output proposes innovative solutions for the continent and the rest of the world – while simultaneously turning our traditional understanding of design on its head.

Making Africa a Continent of Contemporary Design find out more.