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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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tony Brook on his recent collaboration with BBC Creative
“At its best, graphic design can be thought provoking, beautiful, memorable and leave a lasting impression."
The Unmasked Women project tackles mental health among black women
The creative project is prioritising the work of young black women artists.
Spaces designed not for cars, but for people
Is an underground, automated road tunnel the answer to the nightmare that is traffic congestion?
An industrial design graduate has created an Emotional First Aid Kit
Rui Sun tackles the question, “Why do so many products ease physical pain and so few treat emotional stress?”
Campbell Addy is disrupting the homogeneity of stock photography
The photographer’s partnership with Getty Images is diversifying their imagery.
Thomas Heatherwick's Zeitz MOCAA wins Cultural Architecture Award
ArchDaily has named this design a winner of the 2018 Building Of The Year Awards.
Thomas leads the design of all Heatherwick Studio projects, working in collaboration with a team of 180 highly-skilled architects, designers, and makers.
Dyslexia: The typeface that replicates the effect of reading disorders
“Like in any case, only once a problem is fully understood can it be solved,” says the designer.
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