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Ungifted: Why Santa must die
12 Dec 16
In the latest chapter from creativity versus climate change non-profit Do The Green Thing, the greed and commercial vulgarity of Christmas is revealed.
Move at the speed of culture: How brands stay connected in a fast pace world
22 Nov 16
Sydney-based brand agency Re believes that relevance trumps differentiation. If you are relevant, you can create an emotional connection.
Engineered seduction: How slot machines keep users fixated
27 Oct 16
Take a look at the deceptive graphic design & psychology behind gambling machines.
Do The Green Thing: Not Another Make Up Tutorial
25 Oct 16
With its promotion of overconsumption, its excessive packaging and dubious ingredients, the beauty industry is pretty bad for the environment.
Ivorian “photo-maker” Paul Sika is turning his creative energy to the world of games
20 Oct 16
Photography can no longer contain the whole of Paul Sika’s vision, instead he is choosing to tell his next story in a digital, transmedia fashion.
My Africa Is: A documentary project that celebrates pop culture in Africa
13 Sep 16
Filmmaker Nosarieme Garrick discusses the making of her new documentary "Alternative Nairobi" with Nataal.
Aeon Flux: An animated future from the past
15 Aug 16
The 1991 brainchild of Peter Chung seems more thought-provoking now than ever before.
Social media cross-formatting: plagiarism or optimisation?
12 Aug 16
Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram take more ideas from one another than they care to admit. But is it a bad thing?
The Sync Project: Music as precision medicine
20 Jul 16
The Sync Project is a platform that investigates the therapeutic power of music by mapping its effects on the brain.
Michael Wolff writes in defense of Heatherwick's Garden Bridge
18 Jul 16
In defence of big ideas and of the controversial Garden Bridge, design titan Michael Wolff writes in objection to the construction of St Paul's Cathedral.
Lessons in design from Michael Wolff
13 Apr 16
A designer’s strength lies in their potential to bring noticing, observation and imagination to the world, according to branding legend Michael Wolff.
Redesign Meat at the Slagerij de Hamvraag
7 Apr 16
Food designers rethink the meat industry in a series of talks and discussions at the Slagerij de Hamvraag pop up butchery in the Netherlands.
Architects designing for social improvement
7 Apr 16
billionBricks project manager Astrid Hugo shares advice on how to design for the homeless.
MakeRight: Involving prisoners in anti-crime design
5 Apr 16
MakeRight is an initiative that gets prisoners to help manufacture “theft-proof” bags that consider the user and the abuser and designs out the crime.
Go-getters of the digital art movement
31 Mar 16
Digital design duo Reed + Rader talk VR, AR and breaking down the barrier between real and simulated worlds.
Osborne Macharia on how storytelling can change perceptions
24 Mar 16
The Kenyan photographer touches on the power of narrative photography with his series “Melanin-0”.
Friends of Light: Handwoven jackets from New York
25 Feb 16
Fashion designer and professor Pascale Gatzen founded the weaving cooperative Friends of Light to help bring a little mindfulness back into fashion.
Thomas Chapman has built a screen to memorialise the forcibly removed residents of Sophiatown
17 Feb 16
Thomas Chapman, in collaboration with Nedbank and Design Indaba, unveiled a remembrance screen for the displaced residents of Sophiatown.
Q&A with Naresh Ramchandani
11 Feb 16
The Pentagram partner shares his thoughts on jargon, the power of words and writing as a form of design.
The Dencity Competition co-founders on rethinking slums
4 Feb 16
The social architects behind non-profit organisation, Shelter Global share their experiences on confronting the world’s shelter crisis.
Concept design according to chmara.rosinke studio
28 Jan 16
Austrian design practice, chmara.rosinke studio finds freedom in creating design solutions across multiple mediums.
Hilary Cottam on how design can fix social services
25 Jan 16
Social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam is working to help fix some of the biggest social problems of our time, using design as a tool for deep systemic change.
Urban designer Ekaterina Lichtenstein on the future of smart cities
14 Jan 16
London-based urban designer and architect Ekaterina Lichtenstein breaks down the elements involved in designing advanced cities.
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