Organic and bio-based solar cells to the rescue.

Promises about harnessing the energy from the sun can be traced back over the last 150 years—all the way back to 1839 to be precise. …


  1. Tokyo 37.39 million residents
  2. Delhi 30.29 million residents
  3. Shanghai 27.05 million residents
  4. São Paulo 22.04 million residents
  5. Ciudad de México (Mexico City) 21.78 million residents
  6. Dhaka 21 million residents
  7. Al-Qahirah (Cairo) 20.9 million residents
  8. Beijing 20.46 million residents
  9. Mumbai (Bombay) 20.41 million residents
  10. Kinki M.M.A. (Osaka) 19.16 million residents


It’s nearly 2020, and we must admit that our collective reality looks nothing like what it used to back in 2010.

Siri and Alexa. 4K screen resolution. IBM’s Watson. Boston Dynamics’ Atlas. Tesla’s Cybertruck. 4D printing. 5G technology. Same-sex marriage. The #metoo movement. Greta Thunberg. Jacinda Ardern. CRISPR/Cas9. The Higgs…


Service Design—the design of services—is a funny beast. Deeply rooted in the 60s’ democratic and inclusive Scandinavian cooperative design movement, its name actually comes from the corporate sector where it was first described using a particle physics analogy.

“(Service Design) suggests that behavioural hypothesis, which rearranges or alters any element…


*October 2020 update: thanks for the thousands of reads! This article is a cathartic critique of the tool-kit approach to designing from my days in industry. …


Grit Magazine Issue 01 | The Adaptive Issue ft. Lucy McRae

A finalist entry of the inaugural 2018 NGV Victorian Design Challenge.

“In 2016 the Victorian Government announced a major new initiative to support, celebrate and enable Victoria’s design sector. Curated and presented by the NGV in collaboration with Creative Victoria, the Victorian Design Program is a year-long roster of design and architecture focused events and activities culminating in Melbourne Design Week each March.

In 2017 the NGV introduced a new strand to the program — The Victorian Design Challenge — which invites Victorian designers to form multi-disciplinary teams with professionals from other sectors to apply design in targeting a real-world problem. For the inaugural Challenge, the NGV partnered with VicHealth and asked designers to respond to the Challenge question:

How might we increase the resilience of today’s young people?

Too much screen time?

Mental health issues in youth traditionally stem from an underlying sense of detachment and from an overwhelming feeling that they do not belong. …


From the value of design to design-led value creation

In 2013 the US-based Design Management Institute started to track the value of publicly held companies that met specific design management criteria and proved that, over the span of ten years, design-led companies maintain significant stock market advantage, outperforming the S&P Index by a remarkable 200+ percent each year.

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