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Malawian artist Samson Kambalu on the non-Western ways of crafting a narrative
The multimedia artist says there’s no such thing as a passive audience in Africa.
The ‘smart scalpel’ that can detect cancer during operations
#WorldCancerDay: There are numerous cutting-edge technologies that are changing the game in cancer treatment.
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.”
Turning sadness into power with the Tear Gun
Taiwanese designer transforms emotional frustration into an expression of design.
Senegal’s taxi industry set to gain an eco-conscious option with the Ping! app
Could the natural evolution of public transport include a fleet of hybrid cars for every city?
Five examples of great design from Singapore
Proof that a small island can produce big creativity.
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.
The frenzied and thought-provoking art of Peekasso
This artist takes a buoyant and frantic view of cultural subjects on the internet. With potentially seizure-inducing animations. (You have been warned.)
HUT: Architecture concept for a spiritual community
This Italian design group has conceptualised a meditative hub for Tanaf Village, Senegal.
Two brothers are spearheading a revival of stone architecture in Palestine
This sculptural project brings together ancient stonework and cutting-edge design methods.
Durban-based artist adds vibrant artwork to a local taxi rank
This mural is meant to give the newly rebuilt Cartwright Taxi Rank a vivid and welcoming exterior.
This Ghanaian company is turning plastic waste into asphalt roads
As #PlasticFreeJuly kicks off, we look at a new innovation that allows us to cleanse our environment of discarded plastic bags by building new roads with it.
Talking cultural clashes and interrogating stereotypes with Gerhard Human
Armed with a prying nose for truth and sense of humour, this artist delves into contentious social assumptions in vibrant style.
A sixth sense for visually impaired people with the Sunu wristband
This device is designed to help blind people seamlessly navigate their surroundings with sonar.
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.
Visual artist Musonda Kabwe on using graphic design to tackle youth issues
"All my work is African because it’s all born here, but I don't dress it up for any tourists."
3D-printing tech for the marine world could save coral reefs
Coral reefs are among the most fragile ecosystems on the planet and are essential to marine life.
The WikiCell: Nature-inspired edible packaging
WikiFoods aims to eliminate the overuse of plastic in food packaging.
On landscape architecture as the lifeblood of a city
Cees van der Veeken gives us his take on the unscripted nature of landscape design at the inaugural Design Commons.
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..."
How these Barcelona creatives are helping brands to connect more with people
"We help them increase profit, because they genuinely connect to their users and customers with our services that address empathy.”
ECAL's Milo Keller on the changing face of photography
“We believe that, as an art school, ECAL needs to develop the creative potential offered by new technologies by embracing and responding to their impact.”
Could this convenient bug harvesting design make insect-based diets popular?
Living Farms is being spearheaded by Austrian multidisciplinary designer, Katharina Unger.
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.
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Designer Ini Archibong on merging myth and reality to create The Secret Garden
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25 Mar 19
The ECAL graduate spoke about overcoming a difficult time, his design process and the importance of fulfilling a higher purpose.
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