Footpaths in Japan are built with bumpy guide-strips so vision impaired pedestrians can get around with ease.
From high chairs in public bathrooms to handbag baskets in cafes, Japan is a considerate place. Australia can learn from a society where material culture acts as a reminder to be aware of the needs of others.
But they haven't been without controversy.
Whatever guise they take, nightclubs offer places to experiment with new music, technology and architectural innovation.
The old Toblerone chocolate design (top) and new, gappier design (below).
In striving to reduce costs and boost profits, firms must be wary of stripping intangible assets – such as iconic design.
When will computers and humans interact fully?
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A long historical progression has brought technology to the masses – and will expand our capabilities as far as we can imagine.
Let’s see how this works.
Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Most people have a very limited understanding of what engineers do – and we engineers don't do a good job of expanding that view. But if we did, the benefits could be impressive.
How much did Samsung’s phone sales depend on it looking like an iPhone?
Design patents cover how products look – but how much does appearance contribute to profits?
Embodiment of defiance… or foolhardy design?
Are terrorist attacks also an implicit design critique of our urban landscape? An architect and urban designer suggests we can fight terrorism by not building obvious targets.
The 1972 Panasonic Toot-a-Loop portable radio was inspired by rotary phones and designed to be worn around the wrist.
Here's to the Kodak camera, the transistor TV, the portable typewriter and other casualties of a throwaway age. They may be old hat but they are objects of beauty, as a new exhibition shows.
German developer Jörg Duske has built student accommodation out of recycled shipping containers.
Holzer Kobler Architekturen
The humble shipping container is sparking a revolution in architecture, plug and play infrastructure, portable labs and many other innovations.
Iris van Herpen’s exhibition featuring 3D-printing technology, computer modeling, and engraving constructed in collaboration with architects, engineers and digital design specialists.
EPA/ERIK S. LESSER
The fashion industry attracts creative young minds. But to succeed as a designer in a time of rapid technological change, knowledge of maths and science is invaluable.
Better office design is not just about shaping space around tasks we do.
Business Briefing: a better to design an office.
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Research shows that many building codes don't designate the maximum number of people that should fit in an office, but that's not the only problem with standard office design.
Partially demolished houses in the Vila Autodromo favela, with the Olympic Park in the background.
An architect rides through the streets of Rio amidst a cacophony of drills and jackhammers. He wonders: Is it worth it? What will the legacy of all this construction be?
A century ago, Edward Johnston designed a typeface for London's transport authority. It continues to shape our experience of the city to this day.
A dress by designer Iris van Herpen, who, with her runway designs, challenges common fashion norms and beliefs.
Fast fashion is the second most wasteful industry on Earth. But with the creation of dresses that charge cellphones and clothes made from recycled bottles, we could be on the verge of a green fashion revolution.
Turn up the volume of creativity.
A focus on core subjects for 16-year-olds should not exclude arts, music or drama.
Sure, it's got a flag and some bank notes – but the EU will need to do better if it's to compete with its members' strong, national design heritage.
Rolls-Royce Motor Company
The Vision Next 100 concept car promises 22nd century luxury but is more likely to become an amusing curiosity – just like its predecessors.
In response to the surge of crime in the mid-1990s, suburban dwellers in South Africa began to fortress their houses.
In response to high levels of crime, South Africans have turned their homes into fortresses, seeking security behind high walls. But doing so might be counter-productive.
Part of a sensory textile with embedded electronics for a football fan.
A new project is incorporating technology into textiles to help people with late-stage dementia.