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The Emma Watch
This unique timepiece thwarts the effect of Parkinson’s disorder.
Not here for men
3 Must-see music videos addressing the abuse of women.
Up in the clouds
These designs draw inspiration from the everyday cumulus.
How to help refugees feel at home
Innovators, creatives and philanthropists around the world are working on apps and online platforms that help refugees feel at home in unfamiliar places.
Visualising Human Rights with Benjamin Dix’s PositiveNegatives
The UK-based nonprofit produces comics to educate the masses.
A photographer and a chef collaborate on this series of deconstructed dishes
“A good menu is a story, with its own narrative arc. Tension is built and released, emotions are evoked and questions are raised.”
Synthetic skin could return touch to amputees
Researchers have combined solar power and electronic skin for the first time.
Alexa Pollmann: Design, migration and a future form of statehood
Alexa Pollmann’s project Indivicracy presents a future statehood, where governments are no longer territorial and citizens are followed by a social network.
This music video doubles as a PSA for domestic violence
Created for UK singer Frances’ song Grow’, the animated film addresses the isolating nature of abuse.
Vibrant Paralympic Games ad wins Art Director’s Club of Europe award
The ‘We are the Superhumans’ campaign celebrates the disabled community.
Wednesdays with Goddard
A personal quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.
This kids clothing range literally grows alongside your child
“Slow fashion for fast growing kids.”
Stories of feral children told through photography
This photographer sheds light on the cruelty faced by children as they are abandoned by society absolutely.
Using technology to reimagine the documentation of human suffering
Photographer Richard Mosse’s latest work opens at the Barbican.
The carbon cost of your cocaine
In the sixth edition of Do The Green Thing, the eco-warriors reveal the carbon footprint associated with every line of cocaine.
Things we learnt from Kate Moross
It’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole.
Nataal is a global media brand celebrating contemporary African arts and culture.
The bold illustrations of Camilla Perkins
The artist’s vivid depictions of African life are bursting with energy.
Award-winning Burkina Faso architect Francis Kéré to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion
Our longtime friend and Design Indaba alumnus Francis Kéré has been chosen to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London. It will be his UK debut.
What do you think the post-Brexit British passport should look like?
UK-based design publication Dezeen have launched an unofficial post-Brexit British passport design competition, and their looking for submissions from Africa.
Special Projects create an experience that encourages connection between generations
The NEW OLD exhibition at the Design Museum focusses on how design thinking can help people live fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives as they age.
Dancing through difficulty
Liberty Express is a dance, film and cultural exchange project for children living in poverty.
The women calling for an end to female genital mutilation through film
From catchy and cute to raw and haunting, check out how filmmakers are speaking out.
Arjun Harrison-Mann is a London-based designer, activist and advocate for dialogue. He is also the co-founder of Studio Hyte.
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