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The Nest: A DIY approach to storytelling
Kenyan arts collective The Nest makes impressive use of limited resources – from running a radio station out of their bathroom to making an award-winning film.
Place your finger on the screen and watch this music video explode
Interactive video maestro Masashi Kawamura’s fun new production for Japanese pop princess Namie Amuro’s “Golden Touch”.
A new breed of musical instruments
Dutch designer Pieter-Jan Pieters and the OWOW team are putting musical controls into your hands – literally.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Design Miami/Basel 2015
Sculpture looms large as Carpenters Workshop Gallery showcases both never-before-seen and iconic pieces at Design Miami/Basel.
Swahili proverbs for the 21st century
Nairobi-based artist Musa Omusi is bringing the truisms, witty observations and sayings of the Kenyan people to life.
Photographs capture women’s struggles to leave behind sex work
Alexandra Dietz has shot a series of 20 images that will change the way you see prostitution.
Focus On: Luxury
Luxury may have always been a relative thing but its definition is shifting more than ever in our time-starved, media-saturated world.
Chu Suwannapha: Tradition is the new black
The “prince of prints”, Chu Suwannapha, has made reinventing tradition a core part of his new fashion label.
Matali Crasset’s “We Trust In Wood” project supports local craftsmen in France
Matali Crasset collaborates with craftsmen in the rural French woodland of La Muese.
Online portfolio platform Format launches documentary series
“Inframe” is a new documentary series tracing the paths of photographers, artists, designers and illustrators around the world. Watch the first episode here.
30 Weeks supercharges entrepreneurial training for designers
A team of New York design schools in collaboration with Google have created 30 Weeks, a hybrid between a tech incubator and design school.
Students’ stop-motion animation of a Beatles classic
A group of AAA School of Advertising students have created a colourful contemporary video for the Beatles song “Come Together”.
Buzz lamp by The Artisan
A rugged copper-pipe lamp from Ingrid Auret and Jovan Geldenhuys of The Artisan launches today.
"Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier" by Alan Warburton
Alan Warburton gives classical music a digital twist in this 3D-animated interpretation of Bach’s “The Well Tempered Clavier”.
Tri-light standing lamp by Dark Horse
Cape Town studio Dark Horse launches a minimal lamp with their signature angular aesthetic.
“Cream on Chrome” by Steve Scott and Will Sweeney
A vintage-inspired sci-fi animation for “Cream on Chrome”, NYC duo Ratatat’s first song in five years.
African film is having a moment
From across the continent and beyond, directors are flexing their creative muscles – as the line-up at the African Film Festival in New York shows.
Boundary-pushing fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi pulled the most interest on our website this week.
“Agrabagrabah” by Calvin Frederick
Calvin Frederick’s hallucinatory short film is remarkable for the fact that it was made using no visual special effects.
M.anifest releases “Forget Dem” music video
Ghanaian MC M.anifest’s latest music video for ”Forget Dem” is a light-hearted call to audiences to stop sweating the small stuff.
#MakeChange: The incredible growing shoe
An American innovator has designed a pair of robust shoes that can be adjusted up to five sizes so poor children need never go barefoot.
One dress, so many jobs
Do you know who made your clothes? This short film by Ernst Heusser sheds light on why it’s important to ask.
"Kid Warrior: The Story" by Vanessa Black
This short documentary, in celebration of Earth Day this week, tells the remarkable story of a longhaired teen who is taking on the American oil industry.
Dan Wieden (Part 1): We started by ignoring the rules of advertising
How a mutual disregard for traditional advertising kickstarted Wieden + Kennedy and Nike’s success.
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