Applications now open to Make Your Own Masters course

Stacie Woolsey has turned her experience of unaffordable further design education two years ago into her Make Your Own Masters course, which will take on 10 students in 2020. Make Your Own Masters (MYOM) is now open to applications from UK-based multidisciplinary creatives who “have all faced a barrier to post-grad learning”. The 18-month, part-time […]

Global Grad Show confronts issues you didn’t know existed, says curator

This year’s Global Grad Show in Dubai illustrated how “many small actions come together to create a total picture”. Curator Eleanor Watson selects five innovative projects that make a positive global impact. The Global Grad Show takes place each year as part of Dubai Design Week. This year’s edition saw 150 projects exhibited from 120 […]

Madeline Hall reinterprets religious imagery as “psychedelic” ceramic sculptures

Ceramicist Madeline Hall’s graduation project from Central Saint Martins was this collection of brightly coloured, gravity-defying sculptures based on religious scenes. Hall completed the project, called Stations, during her final year on the undergraduate ceramic design programme at London’s Central Saint Martins art school. Hall manipulated coils of clay into three-dimensional forms that reference scenes […]

UK student’s fish-waste bioplastic MarinaTex wins 2019 James Dyson Award top prize

An easily biodegradable material that could be “part of a global answer” to single-use plastic pollution has won its inventor, British designer Lucy Hughes, the international James Dyson Award. Hughes’ MarinaTex bioplastic is strong, translucent and flexible, making it a possible alternative for single-use packaging such as bags and sandwich wrappers. Unlike current materials used […]

Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia uses moths to transform unwanted clothing into “precious” bio-waste material

Central Saint Martins graduate Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia has proposed a method for improving the textile recycling process by using moths to break down the natural fibres in discarded clothing. Pisapia, who says she is “interested in sustainability related to fashion, textile recycling, bio-design and the circular economy“, wanted to find a more efficient way to […]

Dorian Renard blows plastic like glass for a collection that reconsiders the material’s value

French designer Dorian Renard has applied traditional glassblowing techniques to a series of plastic furniture and sculptural pieces, in a bid to present the maligned material in a new light. Each of the 14 items in the collection was created entirely from plastic sheets or tubes, which were melted and blown to create warped, undulating […]

Sumo seaweed-fibre nappies offer healthy and sustainable alternative

ÉCAL graduate Luisa Kahlfeldt has designed a new diaper that is more sustainable than even other reusable cloth nappies — an innovation for which she won the Swiss James Dyson Award. Kahlfeldt‘s Sumo nappies are made entirely of a fabric called SeaCell, composed of seaweed and eucalyptus. The textile is antibacterial and antioxidant-rich, so it […]

Daisy Newdick makes coffee from dandelions to promote biodiversity

Central Saint Martins graduate designer Daisy Newdick has created an alternative to coffee using the roots of the dandelion plant. Called Make Weeds Great Again, Newdick’s project aims to highlight the overlooked qualities of the common dandelion plant, which is often seen as an “unsightly weed that spoils the nation’s lawns”. After discovering that, in […]

Micheline Nahra deconstructs and reconstructs a dining set 

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Micheline Nahra has disassembled a four-person dinner setting and rebuilt it for one person, in a bid to make absence visible. With a set-up originally meant for a group of family or friends now dedicated to a single person, A Dinner for One tells a story of loss. “It’s a signifier […]

University of Hong Kong students invent self-sanitising door handle

University of Hong Kong graduates Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li have designed a door handle that uses light to constantly sterilise itself. Motivated by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in the 2000s, Sum and Kin described their “self-sanitising door handle” as a more effective alternative to current chemical-based cleaning processes. Comprised […]

Fish scale bioplastic wins UK James Dyson Award for student design

University of Sussex graduate Lucy Hughes used fish waste to create MarinaTex, a compostable alternative to single-use plastic that has won her this year’s UK James Dyson Award. MarinaTex is made from fish scales and skin — waste products that would usually be buried in landfill or incinerated. It is translucent and flexible, making it […]

3D-printed robotic fish swims through water by mimicking the movement of a tuna

TU Delft student Sander van den Berg has invented a 3D-printed robotic fish that swims through water at a record-breaking 0.85 metres per second. The Industrial Design Engineering masters student created the high-speed underwater drone as his graduate project from the Delft University of Technology. Van den Berg claims the speed of 0.85 metres a […]

Desiree Riny creates DIY design guide for people to make their own prosthetics

People without access to healthcare can use bicycle parts and other scrap material to make their own DIY prosthetics, using a system designed by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology graduate Desiree Riny. The designer created the guide after spending a year investigating the reality of how rural dwellers in developing countries managed their lower-limb amputations […]

Kaiku turns fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments

Imperial graduate Nicole Stjernsward has invented Kaiku, a system that turns plants into powdered paint pigments using vaporisation technology. Avocados, pomegranates, beetroots, lemons and onions are just some of the fruits and vegetables that can be placed into Kaiku and turned into the raw material for paints, inks and dyes. Skins and peels are boiled […]

Water-filled Inmergo headphones by Rocco Giovannoni allow immersive listening

Water rather than air carries sound in designer Rocco Giovannoni’s Inmergo headphones, which promise rich audio even for people who are hard of hearing. A 2019 graduate of the Royal College of Art’s MA in Design Products, Giovannoni designed the soft silicone headphones to improve upon current bone-conduction audio technology. Like other bone-conduction headphones on […]

Flohaler is an easy-to-use inhaler that helps asthmatics receive a better dose

Design graduate James Plimmer has created an inhaler for asthmatics that improves posture and technique during use to ensure more medicine reaches the lungs. The concept is intended to improve the pressurised metered dose inhaler (PMDI) by helping users maintain an optimised inhaler technique over time. The problem with existing inhalers is ensuring an optimum […]

Chloe Baines makes fashion collection from tents left behind at festivals

London College of Fashion graduate Chloe Baines has designed a collection of clothing and jewellery from the upcycled tents and metal pegs left after music festivals. The collection, called In Tents: The After Party, was designed in collaboration with Central Saint Martins graduate Belle Smith, who made matching earrings and rings from the tent pegs. […]

Imaginary Language is a set of geometric objects that “foster creativity”

Royal College of Art graduate Alessandra Fumagalli Romario explains how her project Imaginary Language gives actors and children tools to help them think more creatively in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Imaginary Language is a set of basic geometric objects that can be combined to create a variety of new forms. Users can then […]

Rocky Brooks’ flat-pack rescue dog beds are affordable and recyclable

Northumbria University graduate Rocky Brooks has designed a disposable and fully recyclable flat-pack bed for dogs to help reduce costs in rescue centres. Affordable and fully recyclable, Brooks’ Dog Goes Here bed is made from cardboard, and can be easily assembled in three simple steps. The product offers an alternative to the plastic dog beds […]

Jamie Pybus designs Fungi Factory kit for growing mushrooms in coffee grounds

Northumbia university graduate Jamie Pybus has devised a household system for cultivating edible mushrooms using leftover coffee grounds as a growing medium. Called Fungi Factory, the kit provides a use for the increasing number of coffee grounds that are currently discarded by UK households. Fungi Factory comprises four elements, including a storage container for coffee […]

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