As part of NYCxDesign, the students of the MFA in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts present ACCESS LTD, a set of roving checkpoints that investigates the way access is granted and denied by design—based on where we're from, what we look like, how we speak, and
Designer Roderick Pieters has teamed up with Japan's Proef to launch Loper, a shoe line that responds to workers' health issues and reduces waste. After studying shoe design and manufacture, Pieters began thinking about the harmful working conditions and wasteful use cycle associated with keeping our feet neat. Glued-sole
2015 IDSA International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Finalist. Recycle A Cup cuts and separates used Keurig K-Cups so they may be recycled. This innovative product provides a solution to a global problem as 9.6 billion single coffee cups are generated annually. That's 2.6 billion cubic feet of space from K-cups.
Each year during New York Design Week, designers from all over the world flock to the city, filling venues throughout the five boroughs with a seemingly endless array of new products. Don't get us wrong, we love to see the full gamut of works on display, but there is something
As many future-loving designers know, "food forests" are an old (old old) idea that may be valuable today. Before the development of single crop agriculture and our subsequent rise to become Internet-dwelling earth-destroyers, hungry humans understood that some beneficial plants grow especially well together without much tending. Urban food
When you start digging into the facts about e-waste, you realize that the renewed interest and debate around the issue—spurred by Apple's big Liam disassembling robot announcement—couldn't have come up soon enough. The amount of waste we produce as a result of our gadget addiction is ludicrous. According to Mashable,
The current water crisis in certain parts of the world isn't news but the facts and figures bear repeating. In Ethiopia, for example, women and children often have to walk up to six hours to collect the water they need and even then, the water they find, sourced from shallow
It's tough to wrap your head around 7.125 billion of anything, let alone human beings. So Gabriel Reilich, GOOD's Head of Video, dove into statistics from the CIA's World Factbook--then crunched the numbers to illustrate what our current situation would look like if there were just 100 people on Earth,
Johannesburg-based designer Siyanda Mazibuko is a furniture builder who recently started building his own career employing a mix of pure enthusiasm and self-taught skill. His signature line, PATE, is a homeware and furniture range designed for the socially conscious. Many of Mazibuko's products are made from upcycled or second-hand
Here we are, closing in on the end of the Call for Entries for the 2016 Core77 Design Awards. Seems like only yesterday we were introducing you to the first four of our Jury Captains in Part 1 of this interview series. Now we're down to introducing the leaders of
The Plastic Bottle Cutter by Pavel & Ian will make spaghetti out of your recyclables. This hand-held shredder has already blown past its Kickstarter goal and you still have weeks and weeks left to pick up your own. Why do you need one? The makers believe it will help with
Five years ago when I began putting together small-business education for budding social entrepreneurs and creatives at General Assembly, there was a buzz in the air around startups. The journey of a would-be entrepreneur starts with coming up with a great idea, putting together a team of friends and close
Alex Steffen, Core77 friend, longtime environmental advocate, and founder of the beloved Worldchanging, has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign—The Heroic Future—to fund an a live documentary series about “reimagining the world of tomorrow, in order to rebuild the world today.” Core77’s Allan Chochinov sat down with Alex to talk about
I once got sprayed with a fire extinguisher at a bar, my reward for trying to defuse an argument between two hotheads. That's the extent of my experience with fire extinguishers, though I've often wondered: Would I have the wherewithal to put out a fire with one? It's not
If you don't follow heavy-hitting sources like Packaging News, you may have missed a fun fungal story last week. IKEA is upping its green game, or at least its green PR. Sources at the international furniture giant report that they are looking into the viability of replacing non-recyclable packaging materials
Remember our story on Backpack Medics in Burma? These incredibly brave, and fit, men and women strap on rucks filled with medical supplies—then literally run through a jungle crawling with hostile military forces and landmines in order to bring supplies to remote villages. Then they run back. There is no
Perhaps Studio [D] Tale is a creative business with a social edge—or maybe it's a social impact project with an eye towards business. Whichever is appropriate—the joint studio of Safia Qureshi and Maxwell Mutanda is far from your average architecture firm. Last week, on the stage of Design Indaba 2016
Single-Use Aid is a non-reusable syringe comprising of a disposable cardboard body and a medication blister with an attached needle. This syringe tries to fight the problem of disease spread by the reuse of syringes.
Each year, Cape Town transforms for one week to host the annual Design Indaba Conference. For 21 years, the city has celebrated creativity with the three-day conference attracting some of the finest minds in fashion, architecture, design and art. This morning the conference opened to 1,000+ delegates who filled
Design Indaba kicks off tomorrow in Cape Town, with three days of speakers on making “a better world through creativity.” One of those speakers is Benjamin Hubert, who presents an interesting case study for the independent designer looking to do more than just bring nifty new products into the world.
On Tuesday, IDEO announced that it has joined kyu, a collective of creative companies owned by the Tokyo-based Hakuhodo DY Holdings. Kyu bought a minority stake in the 25-year-old design consultancy—the dollar amount and percentage are undisclosed—and IDEO will continue to be owned and independently managed by its partners. So
Looking around, many of us see issues that we feel should be taken care of. It can vary from wicked problems like climate change to smaller—yet important—issues such as garbage on the streets to common courtesies on the street. But the issue with systemic problems both large and small
If there are two things American cities have a seemingly endless supply of, it's homeless people and trash. Now someone has figured out how to turn one into a positive for the other. It's been five years since we looked in on Gregory Kloehn, the man we jokingly referred
Tink Things is engaged in designing products that encourage the development of sensory intelligence in children. Considering different sensory needs and using therapeutic principles for shaping an environment for all kids is our way of using all the potential of children's interplay with their surroundings. Well directed interaction with space,
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