This aquarium at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne helps reframe hospitals as exciting hubs of activity with things to do and friends to meet.
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The design of children's hospitals and other health facilities for young people have come a long way from the institutions of the past. Now, they're a place to reduce stress and support mental health.
The grand facade of Sydney’s Rum Hospital did little to improve patients’ accommodation.
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Australia's hospitals have come a long way from the huts of convict times to the well thought-out spaces we see today.
You would recognise their designs: bright, bold, colours; clothing filled with fun. Step into Paradise gives us a glance at the women, as well as the fashion.
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With bright colours and a celebration of Australiana, designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson came to define Australian fashion. A new exhibition traces their nearly 50 years of creation.
Why you shouldn't be afraid: it won't steal our jobs or destroy the environment.
If all of these devices really work together, they can be a bigger help than any one of them alone.
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Each device is complex in its own right, and trying to use them together in many different settings makes things even more complicated.
Apple’s industrial design has played a fundamental role in transforming computers from machines for tinkerers into desirable objects of self-actualisation.
With the benefit of hindsight, we might finally see that the iPhone was the opposite of minimalism.
Antoine Arnault (second from left), son of Bernard Arnault and member of the LVMH board of directors, visited the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral the day after the fire.
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The biggest names in France’s luxury industry have given millions of euros to help rebuild Notre Dame. Questioning why they would do so overlooks the deep historical and religious roots of the industry.
Many other key arrangements have been tried. Some are claimed to be easier to learn or faster to use than QWERTY. But none has proved good enough to beat QWERTY.
The earliest typewriters had the letter keys in alphabetical order. The trouble was that if you hit two keys quickly the levers would jam.
New technology can be distracting for drivers. Engineers need to think more about the human experience when designing workplace and transportation technology.
The legalization of cannabis has started a discussion about on-the-job impairment. But drugs are not the only problem. Engineers should design workplaces that minimize the potential for human error.
‘Design for a giant crossbow.’
Leonardo da Vinci
As Leonardo da Vinci found centuries ago, scholars of art, design, engineering and science can work together for mutual benefit.
Humankind already has the knowledge to make sustainable and socially just ways of living on this planet possible. But new types of design and economics are needed for anything to change.
After the recent crash involving the Boeing 737, Air Canada has grounded the planes until July 1, 2019.
A human-centred approach to machine design can help make machines safer and more efficient.
An exciting announcement about upcoming plans – and we revisit an old favourite episode.
Designing technology to feel more familiar can help older people live more independent lives.
Karl Lagerfeld in 2012.
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Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019) was a presence in the fashion world for so long that he seemed immortal. With his passing, we look at his impact and future legacy.
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Many homes are already smart – but they're about to get much smarter.
Around the world, government officials fail often at implementing policy and public sector projects. Here’s why.
Research around the world shows a consistent pattern of failures in public sector policy and project implementation. Yet we continue to embark upon implementation built on bias and faulty logic.
Size and distance are difficult for the brain to work out at the same time.
Optical illusions appear when our brains have trouble moulding raw sensory data into shapes and patterns. Designers have been exploiting this process for centuries.
Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett poses with her dog, Cartree, in this photograph circa 1950.
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Knoll is best known for transforming the design of America's corporate offices. But she was also on the front lines of a State Department effort to promote American ingenuity and capitalism abroad.
For businesses to make a success of design thinking, they must exercise common sense by being clear about their goals and setting realistic targets.
Design thinking isn't a cure-all for every organization, nor is it a dying fad. But in the right circumstances, it can bring great value to a business.