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.
Unfortunately, there’s no ‘one size fits all.’
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There's no 'one size fits all' approach. But a lot of little things – from colors to appliance noise – can make a big difference.
One balloting machine for all voters: universal design is accessible for everyone, with or without disabilities.
University of Florida
In 2012, nearly one-third of voters with a disability had trouble voting. A 2002 law was supposed to fix this problem. New technology may have the answer at last.
The basic art for the new Australian five dollar note, to be released in September, is creating controversy.
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The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced a new five dollar note, to great general derision. The Australian Mint has a proud history of excellent design, so why is this new note so wrong?
Much mightier than any sword.
The generation of designers broke out of their studios and took the business world by storm. Their skills could also be turned to bigger world problems.
The BreezeBlock house, designed by Eva-Marie Prineas for her sister.
One of the very first pieces of advice you receive in architecture school is Never Work For Family: the risks are too great, runs the argument, there’s too much emotion and too much money at stake, and…
Philippe Starck’s Juicy Salif turned the humble lemon squeezer into a piece of classic industrial design.
It's time to rethink the stack-em-high and sell-em-cheap approach to business.
Tidal Lagoon, Swansea Bay, as envisaged by LDA Design.
Celebrate the shift to renewable energy with bold designs that add to the landscape.
Introducing a child to the wonder of 3D printing.
Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin
As 3D printing gets cheaper and easier to use, what might children - the next generation of innovators - make?
Jeremy Corbyn wants UK politics to be less theatrical – but the Palace of Westminster is the perfect stage for confrontation.
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He may not have invented the helicopter, but the real man is more than worthy of the myth.
From changing its name to Saint Laurent to bringing an air of perma-cool to the fashion house, creative director Hedi Slimane has turned the company's fortunes around.
Shades of pink and blue: for the first time, Pantone has chosen a blending of two colors.
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The global color authority seems intent on obliterating the confines of gender-color associations.
We need to create safe spaces for young people to enjoy themselves.
Solving the problem of street violence is not just about alcohol -- it's also about design of the urban environment.
John James Audubon’s American Flamingo (1838).
A review of some of the top arts and culture stories from the past year.
Robots that can reproduce could improve their design in ways we wouldn't think of but still within our control.
It’s okay in science fiction but not in real life: A robot (Robin Williams, left) who dreams of becoming human in the movie Bicentennial Man.
Science fiction can be good at predictiong soem of the technologies of tomorrow. But designers take note: not all those ideas are welcome.
Pedalling our televisions could save us a fortune in electricity – and keep us in great shape, too.
Recent events show that you can't always stop an attack, even when you prepare for one.