By: Ms. Kyesubire Greigg
Posted: May 13th, 2020

Nothing screams get up and do something like the times we are in. Everyone is looking for a new skill to acquire and make you more adaptable in the coming days but how about shifting the plan a little.

Are you good enough at what you do to learn a new skill or do you need to do more to grow and improve your skill before you branch out? Mmmmhhh right? Take a moment and really ponder. As we spend time at home trying to abreast and engaged, we challenge all designers to think of avenues to strengthen design as a solid part of the community.

We have launched the Nairobi International Design Conference (NIDEC)2020 under the theme "Design Zeitgeist Africa"- (DZA) to take place virtually between 24th and 25th September 2020.

The theme reflects the aspirations, the heart and the soul of African design for the decade and beyond. It is expounded under three main themes that plug into Kenya's development agenda and Africa's global aspirations with the reality that very little will be the same in this Covid-19 era. These aspirations are shared with partner associations such as the Afrika Design Forum and institutions.

The subthemes we are exploring are:

• ICT focusing on AI, gaming, VR and animation

• Manufacturing with a focus on value chains to spur export growth

• Built environment with a focus on sustainable materials and technologies


• Abstract deadline: Friday 15th May 2020

• Deadline for full papers: 30th July 2020

• Deadline for posters: 7th August 2020


Abstracts should be 300 words and should indicate the sub theme.

Posters must be PDF size A0 in portrait format and also in PowerPoint format(.ppt).

To register as a poster presenter or submit your abstract please email the secretariat at

All successful papers will be published in October 2020 through the Africa Design Review Journal. ISSN online: 2664-5866. ISSN Print: 2664-5874.

You have the bandwidth and time to do this. Let’s get to work.