17 episodes

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.

Can design save us‪?‬ The Index Project

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

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 16: Farewell fake news!

    Episode 16: Farewell fake news!

    Fake or altered media is an accepted norm of our daily lives, but not only does it spread misinformation and enable fraud – it has completely eroded public trust in digital media as a whole. Truepic is tackling the problem head-on by using revolutionary technology to ensure we can trust what we see online. We sit down with Truepic’s former VP of Research & Development, Sherif Hanna, to hear how their tech paves the way for a healthier and more transparent society. From elections to activism, Tinder dates to Airbnb.
    This is the last episode of ‘Can Design Save Us?’ for a while. We’re looking to return in the new year with even more incredible design stories.
    Writer & Host: Lesley Price
    Producer: Sidsel Kaae Nørgaard
    Composer: Kristina Lilleskov
    Soundbites: Tedx Talks, Guardian News, SoFloWildlife Stream Clips, The Hour, BBC News.
    / Want to know more about this podcast? Take a listen to Episode 00
    / If you have feedback or story suggestions, feel free to drop us a line via hello@theindexproject.org
    / And, don't forget to subscribe, rate and share. Enjoy!

    • 44 min
    Episode 15: The magic of mushrooms

    Episode 15: The magic of mushrooms

    Beyond soulful dishes to psychedelics, mushrooms and their root systems, known as mycelium, are proving to be critical to our survival. And London-based studio BIOHM is tapping into their true potential. This month, we talk to Director of Design Oksana Bondar about BIOHM’s mission to revolutionise the built world. She shares what it’s like designing with living organisms, how her early kitchen experiments led to a career in sustainability, and why she believes we’re just scratching the surface when it comes to truly symbiotic design.
    Writer & Host: Lesley Price
    Producer: Sidsel Kaae Nørgaard
    Composer: Kristina Lilleskov
    Soundbites: Undecided with Matt Ferrell (YouTube), Vox.
    / Want to know more about this podcast? Take a listen to Episode 00
    / If you have feedback or story suggestions, feel free to drop us a line via hello@theindexproject.org
    / And, don't forget to subscribe, rate and share. Enjoy!

    • 42 min
    Episode 14: Oui! to women's health

    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 Cirqle Biomedical, the Danish company behind the world’s first hormone-free contraceptive. OUI, a tiny clear capsule, works just a few minutes after insertion. Design Manager Marie Lyhne gives us the inside scoop on breaking taboos around sex and how conversations with thousands of women all around the world shaped the design of what they hope will be the go-too for birth control.
    Writer & Host: Lesley Price
    Producer: Sidsel Kaae Nørgaard
    Composer: Kristina Lilleskov
    Soundbites: YouTube Channels: EmpowHER, TEDx Talks. News media: CNN.
    / Want to know more about this podcast? Take a listen to Episode 00
    / If you have feedback or story suggestions, feel free to drop us a line via hello@theindexproject.org
    / And, don't forget to subscribe, rate and share. Enjoy!

    • 42 min
    Episode 13: Avantgarde avatars

    Episode 13: Avantgarde avatars

    Our online identities are becoming the most important way we interact with society. If we can filter and customise every aspect of how we look, 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, from Puma to Karlie Kloss, make supply chains more sustainable, why collectors are jumping on virtual garments now, and how soon we’ll all be dressed to the nines for the digital universe.
    Writer & Host: Lesley Price
    Producer: Sidsel Kaae Nørgaard
    Composer: Kristina Lilleskov
    Soundbites: YouTube Channels: Taco Stacks, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, i-D
    Netflix: Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj 
    / Want to know more about this podcast? Take a listen to Episode 00
    / If you have feedback or story suggestions, feel free to drop us a line via hello@theindexproject.org
    / And, don't forget to subscribe, rate and share. Enjoy!

    • 39 min
    Episode 12: The smell of tomorrow

    Episode 12: The smell of tomorrow

    Most of us take our sense of smell for granted, yet it's one of our most primal and powerful human functions. 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: Lesley Price
    Producer: Sidsel Kaae Nørgaard
    Composer: Kristina Lilleskov
    Soundbites: The Relaxed Guy, Vincenzo's Plate, Will Roegge, Trav Que & n Beats

    / Want to know more about this podcast? Take a listen to Episode 00
    / If you have feedback or story suggestions, feel free to drop us a line via hello@theindexproject.org
    / And, don't forget to subscribe, rate and share. Enjoy!

    • 41 min
    Episode 11: A play for press freedom

    Episode 11: A play for press freedom

    Freedom of the press is the cornerstone of democracy. But as the media landscape becomes more convoluted and global surveillance surges, is censorship and manipulation bound to increase? 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 of agency DDB 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: Lesley Price
    Producer: Sidsel Kaae Nørgaard
    Composer: Kristina Lilleskov
    Soundbites: NBC News, C-Span and Fox News

    / Want to know more about this podcast? Take a listen to Episode 00
    / If you have feedback or story suggestions, feel free to drop us a line via hello@theindexproject.org
    / And, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share. Enjoy!

    • 45 min

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