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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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The disposable toothbrush: is there a better way?

By Lorrin Windahl. It’s amazing, and somewhat shameful, that I brush my teeth twice a day and only recently stopped to consider the environmental impact of my bi-daily brushing. I buy a toothbrush from the supermarket, which lasts probably several…

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World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014

By Lorrin Windahl. The World Design Impact Prize (WDIP) runs on the premise that many of the world’s societal challenges have already been solved but that these solutions remain unrecognised or untapped. The aim of the prize is to bring…

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ReKixx: closed loop sneakers

By Lorrin Windahl. If you are looking for a stocking filler then this probably isn’t going to help. However, if you are happy to put a little note in the stocking saying their present will arrive next year, then it…

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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

By Lorrin Windahl. There is great debate about whether it is more ‘green’ to have a fake tree or a real one. I don’t really want to enter into this debate but I will say that there are a few…

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NeoNurture: the car parts incubator for developing countries

By Lorrin Windahl. A lot of second-hand medical devices are donated to developing countries. Although carried out with good intentions, the devices never quite have the impact that was envisaged for them by the donator. The problem is, that when…

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FluidSolids: a new biocomposite material

By Lorrin Windahl. Swiss product designer Beat Karrer, has developed a new material called FluidSolids. The material came out of a desire to make design the driving force, rather than having to adapt the design to suit the material. Not…

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Thoughtful toasters: solutions that address a lack of recycling

By Lorrin Windahl. The guys at The Agency of Design were quite surprised when they visited their local electrical goods recycling plant. The shock was that the bulk of the waste doesn’t get recycled. Steel and aluminium are recycled, plastic…

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frog design: helping communities to create their own change

By Lorrin Windahl. It’s always difficult to design a product solution for an unfamiliar demographic. But this is especially true when that demographic is a community in a developing country. There are so many different factors to consider that it…

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Design: Inclusive creativity, not individual genius.

By Steve Martinuzzo. From presidents to supermodels, famous sports stars to film idols, high flying CEOs to celebrity designers; it is starkly evident that today’s world is conditioned to believing that some individuals command almost superhuman abilities.

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