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Monitor air pollution with these reactive sweatshirts
Aerochromics drives air pollution awareness with smart textile garments.
To teach graphic design is to learn to adapt with the field says Lucille Tenazas
“For us, as educators, we are constantly aware that our profession is sort of a moving target.”
Photographer visually deconstructs the myth that being queer is un-African
Celebratory, bright and vibrantly coloured, Limit(less) pictures what freedom can look like for the black queer body.
Tropical themed, woven blankets by designer Lilian Martinez
“Craftsmanship is really important to me because it’s the only way that I can reconcile introducing more things and objects into the world.”
Look Up is an app designed to stop New Yorkers staring at the mobile phones
Socially-focussed artist, designer and 2017 Design Indaba speaker, Ekene Ijeoma, has found a way to humanise intangible data to trigger empathy and compassion.
Cleansing the air with clever anti-pollutant roof tiles
It is now possible to reduce the effect of fossil fuel burning with this simple smog-busting building material.
Could silk be used to weave your donor heart?
Researcher and designer, Veronica Ranner, takes on organ crafting while cautiously questioning its ethics.
Making the music video great again
As musicians continue to push the boundaries visually, we examine the evolution of their relationship with film.
Project H teaches public school students to build for good
Californian non-profit group, Project H is teaching children the value of design and architecture, and how it can make a difference in their communities.
LifeArk off-grid housing is focused on sustainable community transformation
The affordable, emergency housing system is aimed at disaster prone areas and displaced peoples.
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.
What's wrong with period tracking apps?
Smartphone apps used to track menstrual cycles often disappoint users with a lack of accuracy, assumptions about sexual identity or partners, and pink designs.
The all-woman band taking over a space traditionally reserved for men
New York’s Flor de Toloache talk preserving culture, women empowerment and taking on the male-dominated world of Mariachi.
NexLoop looks to nature to create a remarkable water generator
The company’s AquaWeb development is a self-sufficient and adaptable water management system.
On resisting gentrification, social housing and the removal of statues in Central Park
Justin Garrett Moore also talks about the delicate job of balancing the varied needs of New York residents.
A museum where your emotions are the main attraction
Siphilele Magagula’s conceptual design asks participants to lay their prejudices bare.
Future forms of concrete, plastic could be both sustainable and eco-friendly
“The polymers can be chemically recycled and reused, in principle, infinitely.”
Letters from a Birmingham Girl
A documentary about intersectionality, identity and family.
Go ahead and take your selfies girl
Body-positive artist Zola Lovette is the creative behind a series of illustrations celebrating bathroom selfies.
How will climate change affect our eating habits in 30 years time?
Researchers and scientists say we'll need to intensify the use of drought-tolerant food sources such as seaweed and more.
Neri Oxman wins at Cooper Hewitt 2018 National Design Awards
“All ten of this year’s winners present a powerful design perspective and body of work that is at once inclusive and deeply personal..."
Could augmented reality systems create space for people of colour in the film industry?
Emerging technology may be the answer to the ongoing question of representation.
Childish Gambino forcefully unpacks race and violence in America
The multitalented artist’s new music video delivers a striking social commentary.
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’.”
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