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Here is what to expect at the #antenna2019 exhibition
The antenna exhibition, where graduates from around the globe will be showcasing their projects, is back for the second year in a row.
Meet the speakers at this year's antenna conference
#antenna2019, hosted by Design Indaba, Dutch Design Week and World Design Embassies, is taking place on 21 October 2019 in Eindhoven.
Friends forever – until the connection drops
Just how will artificial intelligence affect the world of design and the job of the designer? It could become a win-win situation.
Is it possible for childbearing to happen outside the human body?
Billie Rehwald talks about her project Ectogenesis, which is looking at using design as a tool to consider this possible reality.
Connextyle is providing multi-sensory healing for stroke patients
Inspired by the ancient Japanese technique of Kintsugi, the Connextyle shirt is a rehabilitation garment that helps stroke patients regain their muscle use.
Mirjam de Bruijn's work explores the border between function and aesthetics
She speaks about Twenty, a range of waterless dissolvable capsules that take away the need to use 80 - 95% water to make these products.
Inclusive, human-centred furniture for the disabled
Inspired by her sister who has Down's Syndrome, the designer behind this furniture range uses a human-centred approach to design.
The potential future of food is growing all around us
Lichen, a cryptogram or type of plant, can be made in several tasty ways. So why aren’t we eating it?
Designing a way to build bonds between strangers
Social designer Manon van Hoeckel creates spaces, art pieces and experiences that confront divides between people.
On cityscapes and soundsuits with future-proofing graduate Ines De Peuter
Ines De Peuter investigates the relationship between the self and its context by creating garments that adapt to the concrete jungle.
Jalila Essaïdi’s project turns cow dung into textiles
Designer and entrepreneur Jalila Essaïdi says we have an untapped natural resource in manure.
Freyja Sewell talks tech, meditation and design for the mind
We spoke to the Global Graduate before Design Indaba 2019 about making mindfulness visible.
Harvesting water from unexpected places
The way we build our cities can help us harvest water sustainably, says Design Indaba alumna Shaakira Jassat.
Pascale Theron was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, but recently graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Student designer Felix Ros on making autonomous driving more human
The cognitive designer on humble interactions and how we use the products of the future.
Meet the design graduate who created her own coffin
Confronted with the mortality of not only her body but the world, Shaina Garfield found healing in the subject of death.
Scribble is a touch-activated joystick for semi-autonomous driving
Currently there is no middle ground between the car taking the wheel or its driver, this is where Scribble comes in.
Turning sadness into power with the Tear Gun
Taiwanese designer transforms emotional frustration into an expression of design.
Empathy: a quality that binds design across disciplines
Here are five more antenna 2018 speakers and a little bit about why we chose them.
Meet the three nominees for the Future Food Design Awards
They were selected out of 50 entries from 30 different countries.
Fernando Laposse's Totomoxtle shortlisted for the 2018 Beazley Designs of the Year
"The world market has forced the price of corn to reduce drastically. This has made traditional methods of harvesting corn not economically viable anymore."
3 projects that predict the future of food, travel and architecture
These three young graduates formed part of the inaugural Antenna event organised by Design Indaba and Dutch Design Week.
What a cup of tea teaches us about the value of water
Shaakira Jassat's ThirTEA for One project highlights the hidden footprint in the lifecycle of the products we consume.
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