The President of DesignGhana, Prof. Edward Appiah has indicated the need for theory to support practice for sustainable design solutions in Africa.

According to him, “Theory needs to underpin practice as practice supports theory toward designing sustainable design solutions in Africa, hence the need for the ADD conference to foster development,” he said.

He spoke at the PADI Afrika Week and Afrika Design Day 2022.

The PADI Afrika Design Week & Afrika Design Day 2022 (ADD’ 22) seeks to turn the spotlight on Afrikan design practices and craftsmanship through the promotion of Afro- centric design style and theory.

The 3-day virtual event was hosted by the Department of Communication Design, KNUST.

It included a virtual visit to Ntonsu and Bonwire where the focus was on Adinkra symbols usage in craftwork and Kente cloth respectively.

This was organized by Design Institute of Ghana (DesignGhana) in collaboration with the Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI).

Theory must support practice for sustainable African design - Prof Edward Appiah

Since this is a virtual event, participation and attendance was open to all Art and Design enthusiasts, especially of African descent, including students, practitioners and educators.

The event was successfully moderated by experienced design educators Prof. Eric Francis Eshun and Dr. Ralitsa Diana Debrah of the Department of Communication Design, KNUST.

The celebration was climaxed with a design research and Exhibition webinar on the theme “Theory underpins practice as practice supports theory”.

Guest speakers for the event included; Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa, Prof. Kwame Heneku Addo, Prof. Desmond Laubscher, Prof. Segun Olude, Mr. Felix Dartey, Mr Mohammed Jogie and Juliet Kavishe.

Design Kenya Society, Design Nigeria, and the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions supported the event.