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Boa Mistura: Murals that inspire change
Madrid-based arts collective Boa Mistura create large-scale murals that aim to inspire the communities who live around them.
The Growroom: Architecture that feeds the city
The Growroom urban farm explores how cities can feed themselves through architecture that produces food locally.
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.
Sewer to design: Products made from reclaimed toilet paper
Dutch designers at Studio Nienke Hoogvliet have created a range of products made from toilet paper reclaimed in fine sieves from the toilets of the Netherlands.
Pimp My Street Kitchen rebrands informal street food vendors
Being Frank, a collective of three South African designers, is hoping to transform three informal food vendors into well-branded, mobile food trailers.
Paperscope: Send someone a moment of your day in this postable, DIY kaleidoscope
The Paperscope is an eco-friendly do-it-yourself kaleidoscope that you can send in an envelope to anywhere in the world, turning moments of your day into magic.
Fun over function with product designer Jaime Hayón
Whimsical Spanish designer Jaime Hayón explores materials and storytelling through products he creates with a childlike sense of fun.
Jaime Hayón: Curiosity is the designer's greatest tool
Curiosity is the designer's third eye, says quirky Spanish product designer Jaime Hayón. Without it there is no creativity.
Relajaelcoco: Data-driven graphics
Spanish graphic design studio Relajaelcoco believe that good vibes and a relaxed mind are the key to the creative process.
Wire Glasses: Sustainable eyewear made in London and Harare
These John Lennon-style Wire Glasses are made from a single wire in Harare, Zimbabwe on frames that are 3d printed in London.
Naama Schendar: Design to rethink trauma
The way that the world deals with trauma is not progressive enough, says Israeli-born multidisciplinary designer Naama Schendar.
Trauma and the neuroplasticity of the human brain with Naama Schendar
Global Graduate Naama Schendar explores identity and trauma through a design project that encourages enhanced empathy.
Contemporary ceramics capture the African heritage
Senegalese ceramicist Fatimata Ly creates contemporary products with a strong sense of African heritage.
Informal is the new normal with activist architect Alfredo Brillembourg
Venezuelan architect Alfredo Brillembourg shares his thoughts on a new urban toolbox that can help us change the way growing cities are being organised.
Sedeo: A stool designed for mindfulness
The collapsable Sedeo stool by Danish studio Fundament Design is crafted by local artisans and has been created to help with meditation and mindfulness.
Rising Tide: Fashion that address the end of the world
Emelie Bergh's collection Rising Tide captures her feelings of dread and presents an impression of the impact of climate change on the levels of the ocean.
Kolor Collective: Afro-feminism in Rio de Janeiro
The latest series by Brazil-based artists Kolor Art Collective is a tribute to the combined strength of two emancipating forces: feminism and the afro culture.
Funky made-to-order sportswear by AnoukxVera
Made-to-order sportswear by AnoukxVera is funky, fun and aims to turn the fashion industry a teeny bit topsy turvy.
MVRDV's magical Crystal House is built with glass bricks
Architects MVRDV win a Dutch Design Award for Crystal House, a building made entirely out of glass.
Impossible: Kenyan grannies learn karate to fend off would-be attackers
A group of Kenyan grannies, the oldest of whom is 85, meet every week to learn self-defence to help protect themselves against sexual predators.
The Shit Museum sells you crap
Not all shit is waste: Merdacotta is a material made of cow manure and clay that pushes you to see the potential of poo.
The cross pollination of fungi and fowls
A Belgian chicken artist and a Zimbabwean social entrepreneur find ways to work together through chickens and mushrooms.
Hilary Cottam: Fixing social services through design
Hilary Cottam, a social entrepreneur and "accidental designer" from the UK, talks about how design and technology can be used to fix serious social problems.
Redesigning the British Welfare State with Hilary Cottam
British social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam is working to innovate and update the Welfare State.
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