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Laduma Ngxokolo: Design for safer circumcision rituals
20 Jul 16
Young South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo looks into how you can make Xhosa circumcision rituals safer in his Central Saint Martins graduate project.
The Eco-Grill: A safe, sustainable and portable cooker
21 Jul 16
Industrial designer Sam Troop has come up with a safe, efficient and sustainable portable cooker, created using circular design principles.
Healing, Movement, Stimulation: Design for phantom pain
3 Aug 16
Central Saint Martins Material Futures graduate Niloufar Esfandiary has designed rehabilitation tools for post-amputation patients to prevent phantom limb pain.
Match your body movements to the sound of your heart
5 Aug 16
Material Futures graduate Lesley-Ann Daly looks into how wearables and implants can give the user a more visceral connection to their bodies.
Intimate Strangers: When the madam is away, the help will slay
10 Aug 16
Puleng Mongale's photo series Intimate Strangers will be released in instalments. The first part is a social commentary on labour relationships in South Africa.
IDENTITY: The prosthetic replacements for fingerprint authentication
26 Aug 16
Design student creates rubber fingertips to better protect your privacy.
Oneware: The one-hand only kitchenware
30 Aug 16
Singaporean Industrial Design student creates a range of utensils to aid those with disabilities in the kitchen.
S’CoolBeans: the “stealth-health” sandwich spread
6 Sep 16
Students develop nutritious alternative to Nutella in South Africa.
BoneAid: An innovative approach to healing bone fractures
8 Sep 16
These Taiwanese students have designed an adaptable splint to aid in medical care during disaster relief efforts.
British student designs vaccine transportation kit that could save millions
13 Sep 16
Introducing the Isobar, an ammonia absorption-based refrigerator for vaccines.
This engineering student’s invention could revolutionise the renewable energy sector
15 Sep 16
Lancaster University’s Abigail Carson invents innovative power storage solution.
Luxury leather bags made from human skin
19 Sep 16
Material Futures graduate Tina Gorjanc creates a collection of leather products made from the lab-grown skin of Alexander McQueen.
The award-winning student design that could help save marine animals
22 Sep 16
An innovative invention that helps wildlife recover from oil spills.
Student-designed bottle cap could save drought-stricken California millions of litres of water
27 Sep 16
The ‘Cap the Tap’ campaign is a simple way to curtail water wastage from household taps.
Irish students develop new water-safety device
29 Sep 16
See the tragedy-inspired invention shortlisted for the James Dyson Award.
Fodder: the pop up dining experience that turns eating into an agricultural act
3 Oct 16
Can we connect with the animals we consume by being fed their feed?
Food production in a world without meat
5 Oct 16
The rate at which we eat meat is not sustainable. A project by Central Saint Martins graduate Hanan Alkouh looks to replace pork with seaweed.
Nigerian graduate designs gas-powered pressing iron
12 Oct 16
The domestic creation of Ayokunle Adeniran tackles the difficulty of power outages.
US student designs prosthetic hand-hack to aid one-handed violin player
18 Oct 16
3D printed prosthetic helps this aspiring violinist reach for her dream.
The Readi box provides communication in catastrophic situations
18 Oct 16
Should all else fail, this speaker unit helps you to keep in touch during a disaster.
Intimate Strangers: Izinja zempilo
18 Oct 16
The third part of Intimate Strangers by South African Puleng Mogale is about brotherhood and friendship. Ride or die, friends to the end.
Student invents ambulance drone for speedy medical assistance
20 Oct 16
This engineering graduate is using drone tech as a force for good.
Student thesis initiates award-winning community food project
27 Oct 16
Blank Plate: The culinary design curriculum helping to navigate life in a ‘food desert’.
Yuwote Charvet: The typeface that infuses African symbols with geometry
28 Oct 16
Kevin Karanja explores African writing systems & 3D design.
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