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Olduvai Gorge Stone: 2 million year old product design

By Steve Martinuzzo. It’s hard to fathom that our early ancestors date back millions of years. And even harder to comprehend the rudimentary nature of their existence. But these facts are highlighted when we discover primitive artefacts. Artefacts, that although quite crude, are…

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Warming the littlest hearts

By Lorrin Windahl I love hearing about stories like this. Something that started with an idea in a classroom but developed into a realised product that is helping the most vulnerable be less vulnerable. That’s the story behind the Embrace Warmer developed…

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Heartfelt for felt

By Lorrin Windahl. Let me introduce you to a little material that has been around for years, is made from renewable resources, is soft to touch and can provide shelter from the rain. Is there really such a wonder material? Indeed there…

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Google develops modular phone

By Lorrin Windahl. I wrote a while ago about the current trend of design for obsolescence. This is the design of products that are specifically designed to fail or become obsolete after a short period of time. A great example…

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Organoid: freeform moulding of natural fibres

By Lorrin Windahl. The guys at Organoid Technologies have developed an interesting material process. They have worked out how to turn wood chips into freeform mouldings. And the wood chips that they source are residue from logging so they are…

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Vinylize: records into eyewear

By Lorrin Windahl. I’m all for the re-purposing of materials and products that would otherwise spend a long time breaking down in landfill.  Sometimes though, the quality of these ‘re-purposes’ is a little questionable. But not with the guys who…

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Foldscope – an inexpensive paper microscope

By Lorrin Windahl. Every now and again a product comes along that can change the lives of thousands. Foldscope is just such a product. This low cost microscope could enable health centres, in impoverished regions around the world, to analyse…

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WarkaWater – reducing hardship for rural Ethiopians

By Lorrin Windahl. Hopefully, by now, most people are aware of the hardship associated with obtaining clean drinking water in many parts of Africa. I have actually witnessed primary school children carrying 20 litre jerry cans full of water for…

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The Longboard Stroller – sustainable urban mobility

By Lorrin Windahl. I must say that I’m pretty excited by this latest product discovery. Not only does it appeal to the sustainable designer in me, but the mum of a one year old as well. The Longboard Stroller is…

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The Lightie: shining light on a real world problem

By Lorrin Windahl. To many people, light is a luxury that is often taken for granted. We simply turn on a light switch and hey, presto, there is light. But this is not the case for the masses of people…

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