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Mission & Vision

INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network, is an open, global platform that connects both Indigenous and non-Indigenous designers worldwide to explore traditional design and its contemporary interpretations. INDIGO facilitates discussion, initiates collaborative projects, exhibitions and conferences but also showcases other relevant initiatives from all over the world.

INDIGO”s mission is to provide an open a space for reflection, discussion and action regarding the contemporary interpretation an application of traditionally inspired Indigenous design. To promote, encourage and facilitate a relevance while respecting its historic and aboriginal legacy.
INDIGO”s vision is to celebrate and share the wisdom of Indigenous people from the four corners of the world carried over centuries, as a present and future source of inspiration, sustainability and innovation as it relates to design (art, craft and design)



Sarawak, Malaysia – Rediscovery: Icograda Design Week in Sarawak 2012 was an exploration of the part design plays in protecting and stimulating indigenous cultures. The conference, officiated by Datuk Haji Talib Zulpilip, took place 15-21 October 2012 in Kuching, Sarawak. Themes such as the importance of local culture were considered, with an overarching look at design’s role in fostering cultural diversity in a highly globalised world.

Originality 100

Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) – From the 21-30 October, 28 selections from the INDIGO Mother Tongue exhibition were featured in Taipei at the National Taiwan University of the Arts. The Mother Tongue exhibition was part of Originality 100, an international indigenous cultural and creative design exhibition hosted during the the 2011 IDA Congress. Originality 100 featured 100 designs from Taiwanese and international designers.

L’Arte di Innovare

Forli, Italy – Romagna Creative District, in collaboration with ''L'Arte di Innovare,'' presented ''L'innovazione Responsabile'' (Responsible Innovation) in Forli, Italy from 9-10 September 2011. The festival included the International Design Networks for Local Innovation Conference, where INDIGO Ambassador Evert Ypma presented the network. The Mother Tongue exhibition was also displayed. '

Mother Tongue

International - Mother Tongue was an open, multi-disciplinary, online exhibition. It invited designers of all disciplines, students of design, poets and writers, to submit responses in the form of a poster, a photograph, a poem, a product, a piece of architecture - interpreting the spirit of Mother Tongue.

State of Design

Melbourne, Australia – During 2009 State of Design, INDIGO presented a free public forum for indigenous designers, curators, and cultural leaders to discuss the significant role that indigenous language, iconography and design knowledge could play within the contemporary design industry.\n\nSpeakers included Allison Page, Merrima Design Unit (Sydney), Adrian Welke, Troppo (Perth) and Lee Darroch, Gurranyin Arts (Gippsland). David Lancashire moderated the session


Australia/United States – In 2006, a pilot INDIGO project called MIX06 (Migrant Indigenous Exchange 2006) was developed as a collaboration between Monash University and the University of Hartford. Robert L Peters, Past President Icograda and Koopman Chair the University of Hartford (United States), invited Kennedy to participate in a workshop with University of Hartford students. Peters in turn visited Monash University as a Designer in Residence.

Project Team

INDIGO”s community is an international network of dedicated volunteers. It is through their commitment of time, energy and expertise that INDIGO”s activities are possible.

Russell Kennedy


Russell is Icograda Past President and an adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology. MORE >>

Pi’ikea Clarke

New Zealand

Pi’ikea is an INDIGO co-chair and the Mark Laws Chair of Technology, Innovation and Arts and director of the Tokorau Institute MORE >>

David Lancashire


David’s work has been  praised by his peers, especially his collaboration with indigenous cultures MORE >>


United States

Frida directs her cultural design studio in San Francisco, serving clients in fashion, accessory, toy, information and type design. MORE >>

Zelda Harrison

United States

Zelda is a branding and communications consultant with businesses, government agencies and community groups MORE >>

Robert L. Peters


Robert is a designer and principal of Circle, a design consultancy he co-founded in 1976. MORE >>

Brenda Sanderson


Brenda is Executive Director of IxDA, a global network dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. MORE >>



Sali  is a communication designer, writer, educator, and speaker specialised in design and cultural development. MORE >>



AFW lectures in Communication (Graphic) Design at Swinburne University of Technology – Melbourne and Sarawak. MORE >>

William Harald-Wong


William is the principal of William Harald-Wong & Associates, an identity design consultancy based in Kuala Lumpur. MORE >>

Indigenous Advisory Group

The Indigenous Advisory Group offers INDIGO their expertise on a regular basis in many different areas, including programme development, policy and outreach.

Pi’ikea Clark

Kanaka Maoli

Pi’ikea is an INDIGO co-chair and the Mark Laws Chair of Technology, Innovation and Arts and MORE >>

Patricia Adjei

Torres Strait Islander

Patricia was a 2010 WIPO Indigenous Intellectual Property Law Fellow. MORE >>



Frida directs a  cultural design studio, serving clients in fashion, accessory, toy, information and type design. MORE >>

Onica Lekuntwane


Onica started Homegirl, a project which combines her love for graphic design, with her passion for empowering women MORE >>

Saki Mafundikwa


Saki is founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) a design and new media training college MORE >>



Alison is an Aboriginal designer and artist from La Perouse, Sydney. She has been working on various projects in health, MORE >>

Lynette Russell


Lynette is a Professor at Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University. Her focus is on developing an anthropological MORE >>

Carin Wilson


Carin is one of New Zealand’s most forward thinking Māori creative’s, a director of Studio Pasifika and former president MORE >>

William Harald-Wong


William is the principal of William Harald-Wong & Associates, an identity design consultancy based in Kuala Lumpur. MORE >>


In addition to INDIGO”s Project team and Advisors, INDIGO”s Ambassadors are individuals committed to creating an awareness of the network, its projects and promoting engagement with designers, stakeholders and the public at large within their communities.

Colin McKinnon-Dodd, Australia
Edric Ong, Malaysia
Evert Ypma, Switzerland
Garth Walker,
South Africa
Hazel Gamec, New Zealand
Helmut Luchenhausen,
Kevin Murray,
Laura Chessin,
United States
Mohammed Jogie, South Africa
Zachary Ong,

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