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War on Waste: Be part of the re-use generation

By Lorrin Windahl. You would have to be living under a rock to not have seen or heard about Craig Reucassel’s War on Waste series on the ABC. The final episode on Tuesday night was directed at coffee consumers who believe that their…

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Spiritree – giving life after death

By Lorrin Windahl. Death is a pretty morbid topic, one people often shy away from. But it is also the only certainty in life. We all die. Hopefully not until the very distant future though. And with the increasing size of…

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Sustainable, unobtainable – is it just too hard?

By Lorrin Windahl. Sustainability is a minefield of myths and misconceptions. It is a complex world of factors that change from project to project, product to product. Each product is unique in its make-up and impact on the environment. No…

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Ghost Food: dishing up a taste of our future

By Joe La Delfa. In my favourite scene of Ratatouille, an anxious waiter tentatively asks Anton Ego, a food critic as equally feared as he is renowned, if he was ready to order. Anton sharply replied, “You know what I’m…

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Does empathy lead to a better design?

By Brett Capron. Design Thinking is a process used by product designers to develop innovative products that are engaging to use, feasible to manufacture, profitable to sell and, perhaps most importantly, beneficial for broader community stakeholders. A crucial stage in…

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SlackPro – extreme product design

By Andrew Fanning. As a highliner and industrial designer, my interests align when it comes to sophisticated, heavy duty gear and equipment. Especially when the designers of the gear have been led by a desire to optimise the product and…

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decafé – grinding a halt to ground coffee waste

By Lorrin Windahl. It’s no secret that Melbourne is (well ok, maybe we just think we are) the coffee capital of the world. So we certainly have lots of ground coffee waste. And you can only put so much in your compost bin, right?…

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