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Is being green always the right path?

By Lorrin Windahl. Back at the end of the last millennium, British actor and activist Joanna Lumley dreamed up an idea to create a garden bridge in memory of Princess Diana. That never eventuated and the years passed without the idea becoming much…

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The Drinkable Book

By Lorrin Windahl. Go to cupboard. Grab a glass. Go to tap. Turn on tap. Fill glass. Turn off tap. Drink water. That’s pretty much how we access clean drinking water. But many around the world walk miles to a…

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Is technology getting in the way of good design?

By Lorrin Windahl. Technology seems to be moving at a crazy pace. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was cluelessly disconnected but now, hardly a second goes by that I’m not connected to some digital toy. And another sign…

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Growing Green Guide. Greening the planet one building at a time.

By Julie Francis. Designing a building to stand out from the crowd is a real challenge. But green roofs and walls may just be the answer. Sometimes called ‘living architecture’ the design of gardens on hard surfaces is taking off…

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The grubby truth – insects hold the key to our future.

By Joe La Delfa. 9 billion people by 2050. A significant statistic such as this raises some questions, a fundamental one being, “what will we eat?”  The answer is food, right? Well as you have probably heard before, factors such…

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Homelessfonts – type with street cred

By Lorrin Windahl. According to Homelessness Australia, the second highest cause of homelessness is financial difficulties. So, it is great to hear of an organisation working with the homeless to help them generate an income. And even better for this blog,…

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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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Tesla: Open sourcing sustainability

The ‘Patent Wall’ at Tesla headquarters, June 11th and 12th. (Images courtesy of Tesla) By Nat Hunt. On June 12th 2014 Tesla Motors released all of their patents claiming that they would not sue anyone for using their technology in…

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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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