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Retro book covers get modern in this hypnotic animation
German designer and animator Henning Max Lederer took 55 vintage books and set the cover graphics in motion to achieve psychedelic results.
Children from Kenya’s slums tell their own story in a DIY zine
Zinester, a social initiative, is giving children from Kenya’s biggest slum a chance to write and photograph their own narrative in a DIY zine.
Dutch designer uses discarded wax-prints for a purpose other than fashion
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Simone Post is giving new life to the discarded wax prints from Vlisco by designing a series of interior products.
Tanzanian parents can now register their child’s birth via SMS
To remedy one of the lowest birth registration rates in Eastern Africa, the Tanzanian government has made it possible to register a child’s birth via SMS.
Classic tarot cards get a photographic reinterpretation with a touch of Haitian ghetto
“Ghetto Tarot”, the classic tarot card reinvented, is a collection of striking portraits by Haitian artists and photographer Alice Smeets.
A stop-motion film made from 28 000 Moon Landing photos
The 28 000 images in the Project Apollo Archive caused a stir when they were released. Now, you can watch the best of them in this charming stop-motion film.
Craftsmen in Malawi make equipment for their hospitals
The Care Collection is a low-cost hospital equipment alternative manufactured by Malawian craftsmen.
Moringa – the super food that could end hunger in Zambia
Packed with nutritional and healing properties, several reports have named Moringa, a tree indigenous to Africa, "the miracle tree" and "the tree of life".
Dutch student designs a mobile system to encourage recycling in Nepal
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Pim van Baarsen designed “Holy Crap” – a Nepal-based incentive scheme to promote waste separation, awareness and recycling.
Kalimba Radio is an app designed with Zambian music in mind
Kalimba Radio provides Zambians with unlimited, free local music – old and new. The music is available offline and with no data plan.
Mumbai-based Mayur Mengle's illustrations explore the daily commute
Mayur Mengle takes his daily two-hour commute on Mumbai's railway line and turns it into a doddle-a-day.
Graduate brings designs from books and movies to life
Daniela Treija’s Design Academy Eindhoven graduate project translates imaginary inventions from books and films into real-life designs.
Drones and dancers happily unite for this music video
Los Angeles-based producer Nosaj Things employs drones and contemporary dancers in the music video for “Cold Stares”, a track featuring Chance the Rapper.
This designer is using dollars and pounds to make textiles
Angela Mathis is shredding up cash to make textiles for a new collection of stools in a project called Value.
Could 3D printing be the propellant that Africa has needed all along?
Preventing wildlife poaching, prosthetic limbs and robotics in schools: 3D printing has multiple uses. Could it propel the “lagging” continent into the future?
Facebook set to beam internet down to Africa from space
Facebook is designing and building a satellite to provide internet access to people in remote parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
A new, rugged tablet is transforming Kenya's schools
The ruggedised tablet and education kit designed by Nairobi technology company BRCK is making digital learning more accessible to Kenya's children.
Egyptian students design honey-spun band-aids for diabetics
Egyptian students designed a new silver and honey-laced material to accelerate the healing speed of diabetics’ wounds.
Egyptian teenager designs the next generation of biofuel
Teenager Azza Faiad is pioneering an inexpensive way to turn plastic waste into biofuel.
Addis Ababa is home to sub-Saharan Africa's first light rail system
The recent launch of Addis Metro is a move by the Ethiopian government to cure the country's commuting headache.
Getting milk to the market is helping Rwandan genocide survivors
Rwandan genocide survivors received cows from the government but were unable to sell their milk at the local market until Chantal Butare came along.
An encounter between space travel and grief in this 3D animation
French filmmaking collective BRVTVS, create a hi-tech, futuristic music video set in deep space that captures the raw human emotion of grief.
Silkworms are spinning a new future for Kenyan farmers
Farmers in Kenya are turning away from maize and looking toward silk farming. It is less susceptible to erratic weather and ensures a steady income.
Egyptians discover new, low-cost desalination technology
Researchers at the University of Alexandria in Egypt have created a low-cost desalinate technology that filters salty water, making it drinkable in minutes.
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