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Daisy Ginsberg is reviving lost scents
She has extracted DNA and smell molecules from three extinct flowers and recreated what their aromas might have been.
Urban designer Alice Cabaret on innovation in challenging places like Maboneng
"[Maboneng] has also helped to open a very needed debate, in academic and social circles, about urban transformation in complex contexts like Johannesburg."
Alexis Peskine explores the black experience through unconventional mediums
He speaks on his Afro-French heritage, immigration and the global black experience.
Nelly Ben Hayoun on the impossible pursuit of the origins of knowledge
Her new documentary, informed by the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, explores what are the origins of knowledge.
étapes: is a bi-monthly French magazine about graphic design and visual culture.
This Guinea Bissau artist uses his art to draw attention to social injustice
"Design should be used as a tool to improve lives and harmonise situations,” says artist Nu Barreto.
AGI: On the importance of hosting this year's event in Mexico
Nikki Gonnissen, Paul Cox and Alejandro Magallanes discuss graphic design, borders and moving the conference from the US to Mexico.
Ben Biayenda's illustrations challenge mainstream representations of women
Highly decorative and rich in colour, the Parisian illustrator's work reflects a diverse community.
The WikiCell: Nature-inspired edible packaging
WikiFoods aims to eliminate the overuse of plastic in food packaging.
5 quirky buildings that show architecture with a twist
From a smog eating building in Poland to a cultural centre in Senegal that cools itself and more.
Photographer documents a French community living completely off the grid
They started living here as a resistance movement against plans to build an airport on the land.
Top 10 Creative Crowdfunding Projects | February 2018
We've scoured the web for compelling creative campaigns around the globe that you might want to support in their quest for funding. Have a look!
6 artists we loved at the AKAA 2017
The Also Known As Africa Art Fair (AKAA) brings together contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora.
Talking graphic design as a tool for empowerment at AGI 2017
Andrew Ashton, Na Kim and Thomas Widdershoven discuss new movements in the world of graphic design.
Borderless in graphic design with Nikki Gonnissen
Under the theme “Borders”, AGI Open 2017 shows how graphic design can transcend language and location.
Elodie Lascar’s beautiful illustrations re-imagine the female form
The French artist’s work provides a nuanced interpretation of womanhood.
An affordable, open-source home
As part of the push toward sustainable design, Studiolada released plans for the Open Source House.
Experience designer Nelly Ben Hayoun on colonising Mars with the worms from hell
In her Design Indaba Conference talk she introduces us to her project called The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking.
Visual artist Chris Saunders talks collaboration and inspiration
We caught up with the former Design Indaba Emerging Creative to find out what he’s been working on.
3 Ways to save the planet with urine
Researchers call it organic waste and we’re just trying to keep it off the streets.
The eccentric ways modern designers are telling the time
This peculiar collection of timepieces makes the hours fly by.
Low-cost housing that is stylish and functional
Check out these impressive social housing projects from around the world.
Sailing the Seine on a ferry powered by human energy
The latest eco-design from Carlo Ratti Associati takes human efficiency to the next level.
Unsatisfying: You know this feeling
Motion design studio Parallel Studios are calling for people to submit short animations of completely unsatisfying moments in their day.
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