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Breaking the vase

Every Thursday, I go to the Prahran Market in Melbourne and buy, among other things, cut flowers. Since moving into a mid-rise apartment from a flat with a garden, I arrange flowers for my dining room…
Learn to think like a child. Boy in hard hat via parinyabinsuk/Shutterstock

What architects can learn from designing with children

It makes perfect sense. If you need to design a new school or playground, who better to help than the children who are going to use it? Gradually, more architects and landscape designers are bringing young…
While design alone cannot solve global poverty, the Moneymaker pump is making a difference for many Africans. Esther Havens/ Kickstart.org

Sublime design: the KickStart MoneyMaker pump

Designers aim to change peoples’ lives, ideally for the better. The American co-founders of design and development company KickStart, Martin Fisher and Nick Moon, set themselves a particularly difficult…
The Lego brick has now become a basic module of virtual “brickworlds”. Andreas

Sublime design: Lego

“Danish design” usually conjures up images of mid-century modern furniture – functional yet sculptural – but Denmark’s most successful “design icon” is a humble plastic brick: Lego. In 2013, the Lego Group…
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Re-designing food systems

As a foodie, but also a vegetarian, I am always seeking alternative food systems that are healthy, farmer-friendly, community-focused, and easy to use —attributes that also make food systems sustainable…
Designers can work small to produce large impact. Courtesy of the artist Anupama Kundoo

Review: CUSP – Designing into the Next Decade

Designers today are impatient for their work to expand into a larger world. They are testing their expertise in complex and non-traditional fields such as finance, conflict, health and disease; growing…
Designing a national flag is a difficult task and cannot be done in isolation. EPA/Mast Irham

Where would the Union Jack’s demise leave the Aussie flag?

It’s coincidental that a renewed call for a “post-colonial” New Zealand flag has been made by Prime Minister John Key in the same year an independence referendum in Scotland may lead to the end of the…
How about a stronger design and development sector within the car manufacturing industry? KimManleyOrt

Toyota’s exit provides a blank sheet for creative manufacturing

Yesterday’s confirmation that Toyota will cease its car manufacturing in Australia by the end of 2017, combined with Holden and Ford’s withdrawal by 2017 and 2016, signals the end of car manufacturing…
“As improvements I’m going to need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.” Stefan Rousseau/PA

A smarter scheme could help more people use Boris bikes

As a London commuter, travelling from my neighbourhood to the city and back every day, I’ve often wondered how I could make better use of the London Cycle Hire Scheme – the “Boris Bikes” parked around…
In crowd-share innovation, collaboratively building messy physical models and envisioning new futures with a wide array of props allows latent ideas to move beyond the limits of conversation and into the territory of gestalt.

Rethinking innovation: harnessing the collective creativity of the crowd

The past few years have seen a resurgence in design as a driver of innovation. This has been visible in the popular managerial press and also the scholarly debate in management and design. Many foreign…

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