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TL Uglow ('Tea') is the creative director of Google's Creative Lab in Sydney and a tech celebrity.
Doubt is a creative catalyst: We grow because we doubt
In May 2016, Tea Uglow (formerly Tom) spoke on doubt as a creative catalyst. During the talk, she acknowledged she is transgender. Tea is speaking at DI 2017.
What will the cities of the future look like?
Hint: They’re green.
Naked, defenseless & without glory
Sam Jinks’ hyper-real sculptures depict an unsettling human vulnerability.
Move at the speed of culture: How brands stay connected in a fast pace world
Sydney-based brand agency Re believes that relevance trumps differentiation. If you are relevant, you can create an emotional connection.
Reclaiming a feminine masculinity
Butch Is Not A Dirty Word: the publication celebrating butch identity and culture.
Disrupting expensive city housing with Big World Homes
Affordable, flat-packed homes that rethink the way people live.
Levoons: squeezable spoons to make baking a breeze
Dreamfarms’ ingenious measuring spoons take the guess work out of baking.
Reverse-design with quirky illustrator Domenic Bahmann
From an office marker-turned-swan, to a fire truck putting out burnt toast, these illustrations celebrate the quirky side of design.
One man’s journey home with the help of Google Earth
Using Google Earth, Saroo Brierley found his family after 25 years. This is his story.
Humanihut addresses refugee shelter crisis with quick-to-assemble design
Australian-based startup develops a prefab living unit with all important amenities included
Twenty-Fifty: A visualisation of the world’s food crisis
Designer Gemma Warriner is trying to make the global food crisis we face in 2050 accessible by representing the data in vegetables.
Cigarette butt bricks burn away pollution
Researchers have found a way to cut down global littering by incorporating cigarette butts into 2.5 per cent of the world's annual brick production.
BeSeens: LED imbedded, hand-signalling cycling gloves
BeSeens use motion detection and LED lighting to make indicating safer for cyclists.
Floating bio-filtration system cleans up river litter
Melbourne-based designer Rowan Turnham builds a modular plant system that captures trash from an estuary.
Researchers make strides towards self-cleaning textiles
Textiles that self-clean when exposed to light could be well on the way, but don’t throw out the washing machine yet.
Clever cooking hacks to combat wasteful food habits
SpoonLed is a video and event series that shows millennials how to make the most out of their food waste.
Ugandan community hall crafted out of basic materials
Natural light and locally-sourced materials bring the late Ross Langdon’s design to life.
Modular homes that have a positive impact on their owners and the environment
These prefabricated homes are designed and built to generate more energy than they consume.
Grass-based condoms are the latest innovation in safe sex
A group of researchers at the University of Queensland are using a native Australian grass as the key component in designing thinner and stronger condoms.
New technology set to give autonomous mobility to paraplegics
A small brain implant could enable paralysed people to control medical-assist equipment with their minds.
YEVU's creations are sourced in Ghana, sustainable, and empowering
YEVU empowers Ghana's informal traders by introducing their vibrant textiles to a global consumer base.
24-hour bin collects rubbish from polluted seawater
Seabin is designed to continuously remove rubbish and contaminants from the ocean’s surface.
Award-winning outback clinic brings healthcare to rural Aborigines
This community clinic in the Australian outback, designed by Kaunitz Yeung Architecture, won Best Sustainable Development of the Year at the LEAF Awards.
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