About us

DesignX is a rally for global design exchanges; for experiment and creative crossings between arts and digital practice; for actively addressing critical moments in history through design.

AfriDesignX, the first chapter, brings together designers, technological innovators, curators and material culture scholars from six different cities – Dakar (Senegal), Accra (Ghana), Nairobi (Kenya), Cape Town (South Africa), London (UK) and Oxford (UK) – to investigate new design typologies and visual strategies emerging from African megacities. We operate across one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the world (the East African ‘Silicon Savannah’), Pan-African robotics networks (AFRON, FundiBots), burgeoning intergalactic space programmes and a proliferation of digital innovation hubs.

Our partners

This project is lead by Cher Potter, London College of Fashion/ Victoria and Albert Museum Senior Research Fellow, as part of a design in society investigation funded by the Leverhulme Trust in partnership with:

Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)

As the world’s largest museum of arts and design, V&A recognizes a historically relevant shift in design production and offers expertise in interpreting and displaying objects encountered on the ground.

University of Nairobi (UoN)

Closely engaging with the East African ‘Silicon Savannah’, UoN supports a ‘Universities as Centres of Innovation’ policy, developing projects around wearable interfaces, gaming and mobile apps

University of the Arts London (UAL)

The world’s largest University of Art and Design, UAL offers links to experts in innovative design prototyping using 3D printing, robotics and digital scanning.

Oxford University (Oxford)

Hosting one of the world’s leading centres for African Studies, Oxford offers expertise in Africa-related sociology, politics and development.

Ashesi University College (Ashesi)

Seeking to ‘remake Africa’ through leadership skills and ‘design thinking’, Ashesi offers a distinct perspective on African problem solving, alongside expertise in robotics and design mechanics.

L’Université Cheikh Anta DIOP (UCAD)

As the leading academic institution in French-speaking Africa, UCAD offers a unique experience in developing digital research tools for international projects.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) (V&A)

CPUT offers an African perspective on design sub-disciplines such as sustainability, participatory design, and service design; and is a member of the pan-African Network of Afrika Designers.

Our growing list of collaborators

Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford

Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA), Cape Town

University of Cape Town D-Lab, Cape Town

WITS Digital Arts, Johannesburg

National Museum of Uganda, Kampala

Rwandan Museums Institute, Kigali

Musée de l’Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, Dakar