Welcome to Can design save us?, a series exploring design as a pioneering force for good. We dive into the most pressing problems of our time and meet people using design to solve them. We explore the good, the bad, the complex and the controversial.
Episode 14: Oui! to women's health
More than 922 million women worldwide use contraceptives, yet the area has seen limited innovation. We sit down with Design Manager Marie Lyhne from Cirqle Biomedical, the Danish company behind the world’s first hormone-free contraceptive. OUI is a tiny clear capsule, that works just a few minutes after insertion.
Writer & Host: Lesley Price
Producer: Sidsel Kaae Nørgaard
Composer: Kristina Lilleskov
Soundbites: YouTube Channels: EmpowHER, TEDx Talks. Nyhedsmedier: CNN.
Episode 13: Avantgarde avatars
Our online identities are becoming the most important way we interact with society. So why not get creative with our clothing? We take a deep dive into the endless possibilities of digital fashion with pioneers, The Fabricant. The studio’s Creative Strategist Michaela Larosse explains how they’re already helping big names make supply chains more sustainable and how soon we’ll all be dressed to the nines for the digital universe. Writer & Host: L.Price. Producer: S.K.Nørgaard. Composer: K.Lilleskov
Episode 12: The smell of tomorrow
This month, we meet Osh Agabi, Founder and CEO of Koniku, the Silicon Valley company using synthetic biology to design and develop an army of 'smelling cyborgs'. But, why? By replicating the world's most exceptional noses, we'll be able to sniff out danger and disease at unprecedented levels, from explosives to COVID-19, thereby revolutionising healthcare and safety. Writer & Host: L.Price, Producer: S.K.Nørgaard, Composer: K.Lilleskov
Episode 11: A play for press freedom
This month, we sit down with the great minds behind The Uncensored Library, an initiative that tackles censorship through gaming. Tobias Natterer and Nina Martinelli explain how they're using Minecraft, the world's most popular computer game, as an effective publishing loophole to get essential facts and stories into the hands of those who need them most. Writer & Host: L.Price, Producer: S.K.Nørgaard, Composer: K.Lilleskov
Episode 10: Discover, design, survive
This month, we sit down with design icon Yves Béhar to chat about his futuristic underwater habitat PROTEUS, designed with renowned ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau. Béhar shares his sustainability journey, from swimming in a revived Lake Geneva as a child to designing for some of the world's biggest brands and organisations, and how he hopes PROTEUS will activate a new generation passionate about conservation. Writer & Host: L.Price, Producer: S.K.Nørgaard, Composer: K.Lilleskov
Episode 09: Data doomsday
This month, we chat with Sean Mihm, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Boston-based tech firm CATALOG. CATALOG is hacking DNA to use it as the next-gen medium for data storage and computing. Mihm explains why DNA is the perfect solution and how their tech can compress whole data centres into the size of a sugar cube. Writer & Host: L.Price, Producer: S.K.Nørgaard, Composer: K.Lilleskov, Soundbites: War Games & Netflix.