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The untold history behind William Kentridge’s most ambitious project to date
“The colonial logic toward the black participants could be summed up by: ‘Lest their actions merit recognition, their deeds must not be recorded’.”
How designers are using digital fabrication to improve wheelchairs
Disrupt Disability uses open source design and digital fabrication to make wheels that are affordable and fully customisable.
Natsai Audrey Chieza on working with nature to help solve fashion's waste problem
She talks about projects that include dyeing clothes using bacteria, developing a residency programme and her love for Solange, Mafikizolo and Bjork.
The Connected Supper Club on dinner tables as spaces for positive change
“London is a big city and I don’t find it surprising that people are attracted to small events centred around dinner tables."
Studio Swine on making sustainable design desirable
London-based duo is behind accessories made of human hair, furniture made from ocean waste, among other designs.
Uninvited Guests is an elderly man’s battle with smart technology
Superflux’s short film Uninvited Guests looks at the frictions that can arise as technology evolves.
AZEEMA is here to display beauty and dispel myths
“It is a celebration of heritage, culture and diversity, yet equally a champion for empowerment and progressive change."
Indian graphic design studios reviving their heritage
We look at a few artists who represent their Indian Heritage through their designs.
Nigerian writer Ziki Nelson on his upcoming comic book featuring 15 African artists
"From our perspective, there's no point publishing a Spiderman-esque superhero story. The DCs and the Marvels of this world already do that so well.”
Typeface as a tool for empowerment, with Bruno Maag
“We, as graphic designers, should strive to make sure that information processing can be done easily for everyone.”
This British Nigerian artist's films celebrate the full spectrum of blackness
Seye Isikalu’s work thoughtfully captures black bodies on screen.
The ‘smart scalpel’ that can detect cancer
A new invention for the operating theatre to help pinpoint abnormal growths.
Will AI be our new co-dependent relationship?
Nicole Pérez’s annoying robots ponder the future of automated intimacy.
An ostomy bag for health, beauty and function
We look back at some impactful design from a UK graduate who sought to combat stigma in health care.
FrailTea analyses kettle grip data to monitor the health of the elderly
Callum Smith’s project FrailTea uses grip data from a kettle to monitor the health of elderly people and the state of their of frailty.
Life Kitchen offers free cooking lessons for people living with cancer
Life Kitchen is extending classes and has teamed up with designers to create a special range of plates, totes, and t-shirts.
Could building with wood be the answer to high-density cities and the housing crisis?
Timber Rising predicts a future in which wood will supersede concrete and steel.
Industrial design student introduces a refillable, more sustainable mascara
The refillable mascara that can be applied using a 3D printed fingertip, saving an estimated 25 mascara bottles from landfill per person over ten years.
Combining fungi and willow to create functional furniture
Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova’s collaboration investigates the potential of mushrooms as a raw material.
The People’s Fridge is an effort to reduce food waste and combat hunger
The city’s first community fridge is where the needy can help themselves to fresh food at zero cost.
6 clever design solutions for pressing healthcare issues
For #WorldHealthDay we highlight some of our favourite design solutions for the healthcare sector.
This designer uses bacteria to make colourful silk scarves
Are microorganisms even more useful than we previously thought?
Empathy Bridge for Autism is a toolkit for building meaningful connections
The social challenge for people with autism is that it can make it difficult to form meaningful connections, often leading to isolation.
Employ Me helps those on the autism spectrum on the journey to finding a job
The uniquely designed set of learning materials aims to correct a shameful employment imbalance.
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When a natural disaster occured in Chile, Alejandro Aravena and his team set out to rebuild the city
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