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Tech to empower marginalised communities
Human rights activist and storyteller Thenmozhi Soundararajan on the power of knowledge creation in the hands of the oppressed.
Vibrant designs teach sign language in India’s iconic taxis
#MotherLanguageDay: Looking back on an initiative we loved.
The Indian woman behind some of Hollywood's blockbuster set designs
Aashrita Kamath turned her love of narrative into a career.
Indian artist of artefacts Sneha Suresh uses visual communication to transcend text
The visual artist and printmaker will be exhibiting at the first ever antenna exhibition. Here's what she had to say about her work.
Indian graphic design studios reviving their heritage
We look at a few artists who represent their Indian Heritage through their designs.
Design Indaba alumni V. Sunil and Mohit Jayal are injecting creativity into India's spaces
In what may be their most ambitious project yet, Motherland have embarked on the task of reinventing a city.
Deepti Asthana is bringing rural Indian women into the global conversation on feminism
The photographer says her practice is influenced by the need to alter the narrative that women are weak or helpless.
Indian artists interpret what Urdu will look like in 2050
'Will young girls drop Rumi bombs on the 2050 version of social media to passive aggressively call out lousy lovers?"
Roshnee Desai is pushing for a research-led approach to design in India
The importance of designing for the everyday person, and democratising design.
Chlorine device offers safe drinking water for all
Zimba is a device that automatically mixes chlorine into water using the correct proportions and no electricity, only gravity.
This design festival is stitching together India's design community
"It was one of its kind in the Indian design history. I’m not aware of any other festivals organised on such a massive scale."
This Solar Grill makes cooking easier in areas with no electricity
The cooker stores solar energy for cooking at any time of the day.
The world’s first design museum built inside a Mumbai slum
The artists also aim to question the word “slum” because of the ways in which it ignores the complexity and dynamism of a community.
Indian studio develops zero-energy, terracotta air conditioner
New-Delhi-based Ant Studio’s clay cooling installation is both beautiful and functional.
Photographer Victoria Krundysheva breaks down social media culture in latest collection
In the age of publishing retouched moments of life online and curating our appearances, how connected to each other are we really?
Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi awarded the 2018 Pritzker Prize
Doshi believes the award will draw attention to the capacity for architecture to trigger social upliftment.
Quicksee is making eye care accessible, affordable with low-cost tech
“We couldn’t train 100,000 new optometrists, but we could look at the technologies available and re-engineer them to be lower cost and easier to use.”
Scientists get innovative in the fight against glacier melt
Halting the effects of global warming with artificial ice and massive blankets.
Self-financing modular homes for the rural poor
Globally, access to adequate housing remains a huge problem that governments battle to solve, billionBricks provides a self-financing solution
Meet the man fighting for inclusive design thinking in India
‘Accessibility consultant’ Siddhant Shah works to make cultural heritage sites accessible to all.
Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box
From Indian startup Kheyti, the modular greenhouse is an affordable solution for low-income farmers.
Low-cost urinal system tackles a school’s sanitation issues
The modified urinals were developed by five middle school students.
Scientists fight malnutrition with super-shake
Peanut butter, chickpeas and a bit of oil can go a very long way in saving a life.
Click Play: 3 Masters of product
Product designers shape how we live and these graduates are at the forefront of exactly that.
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