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Subverting the gendered implications of wearable tech
TELEXST aims to turn the gendered nature of wearable tech on its head.
The Skin I’m In by Nicole Buchanan
The photographer’s work gives a voice to minority students.
Permanent Alien focuses on stories from the Asian American diaspora
“What if we made a comic featuring people who looked like us for people who look like us?”
Falling: Representing depression through art
This artist depicts her longstanding experience of mental disorder in disturbing style.
Bo-Won Keum is a storyteller and graphic design graduate from The Rhode Island School of Design.
IDENTITY: The prosthetic replacements for fingerprint authentication
Design student creates rubber fingertips to better protect your privacy.
A lamp for space-starved city dwellers
RISD graduate Matthew Lim has designed the Tack light – a portable lamp that can be magnetically attached to a wall-mounted plate.
Tia Blassingame: Combating racism through letter press printing
Designer and book artist Tia Blassingame uses the printed word to give her thoughts on racism in the United States a form of authority.
Trailer: Tia Blassingame on the texture of racism in the United States
Recent graduate Tia Blassingame explores the relationships between race, history and perception in her work.
The texture of racism & slavery in the United States – a talk by Tia Blassingame
"I made a headscarf that talks about the accumulation of wealth through slavery, as the black body as gold but also seeming worthless."
Andy Chen on an inside-out process to social design
For Andy Chen, design should be used to build empathy and to bring about social change.
Andy Chen is a graphic designer and ethnographer who advocates for marginalised populations.
Lauren Mackler is a French-American graphic designer and artist.
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