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Welcome to the high-quality resource DDC – Danish Design Center developed as part of the Distributed Design Platform.

This resource presents the key insights from a study investigating the cross-section of Distributed Design and Circular Economy.

 The study is based on previously conducted academic research in the field. It highlights the main obstacles and potentials related to how Distributed Design can help the transition to a circular economy.



Learning about makerspace communities in places that never had one is a challenging task. The closest makerspaces might be too far away to visit regularly. Moreover, the materials these communities post online provide little information on how to make it work. It is hard to start a thriving makerspace community from scratch when you are on your own. That’s the case of Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia.

We involved nearly a dozen stakeholders in producing the Wind Turbine Workshop. As Kopli 93 makerspace opened only a few months before the workshop, this represented an exceptional occasion to activate our networks and generate a broader interest in their work.



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Emerging at the intersection of the Maker Movement and design sensibility, Distributed Design provides a framework for designers, makers and creatives to innovate the field of design towards more sustainable, inclusive and collaborative practices. As global challenges intensify, shifting the global paradigm to support global connectivity and local productivity where “bits travel globally, while atoms stay local” becomes urgent. Distributed Design is a proactive response for makers and designs to prefigure viable design alternatives to the current paradigm which is designed for mass consumption.

As the final of four publications developed by the Distributed Design Platform, ‘This is Distributed Design’ presents a stateof-the-art, in an effort to inspire makers, designers and scholars alike. Within these pages you will hear from a non-exhaustive list of experts, hobbyists and educators whose work is advancing Distributed Design, clarifying through practice, its standing as the framework for collaborative, open, inclusive, sustainable design.




This is the third in a series of four books developed within the Distributed Design Platform, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Distributed Design allows creatives, designers, makers and innovators to participate in the creation of a new model of production and consumption, in which “bits travel globally, while atoms stay locally”.

This book collects observations and reflections from the Distributed Design Platform and extended community. It aims to give shape to the experiences of designers and makers across Europe and throughout the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.





A book that explores how distributed design is changing the way makers and designers approach collaboration, tools and the market.

This book have been created by the members of Distributed Design Market Platform, a project funded by the European Union through the Creative Europe fund, that fosters the role of emerging Makers and Designers as part of this new digitized world. ”The future is already here, it’s just not very distributed” WIlliam Gibson, science fiction novelist. Consider it DD-day for mass production and game over for the ‘take, make, dispose’ model!

This is the second in a series of four books developed within the Distributed Design platform. Distributed Design (DD) allows creatives, designers, makers and innovators to participate in the creation of a new model of production and consumption, in which “bits travel globally, while atoms stay locally”.




The Mass Distribution of (almost) Everything

The rapid urbanisation process of the last century has been possible thanks to the industrial revolution and the assembly line, which allowed for the rapid reproduction and replication of infrastructure, products and urban morphologies around the world. Cities of today reflect the standardization and linear economy in how urban dynamics operate: they consume most of the world’s resources and generate most of world’s waste (according to the United Nations). On the other hand, the exponential growth of digital technologies (computation, communication, fabrication) of the last decades offers the opportunity to enable a transition towards a model based on a global and distributed flow of data (and knowledge) and local flow of materials.

This book explores the theoretical and practical expereinces of Distributed Design as a prefered urban model for the future.



An exhibition system designed to be modular, able to be constructed from local materials, anywhere.

Files for CNC and printing available soon.

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How to communicate yourself and your project as a maker and designer?

Tips  and tricks for operating as a maker or designer in the age of Distributed Design with solid examples and a short training that help you to communicate globally!


The Global Maker – Presentation

The Global Maker – 10 Steps Playbook

The Global Maker – Training

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Have a look at our Playbook. Let us introduce you to our project and strategy for the second year of this European project.

Global Context

The concept of distributed design

Our values





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Mission to Make is a distributed design challenge, which sees the same design manufactured in syndication across platform member locations in Europe.

As an extension, Fred&Co are partnering with Makernet to take one of the winning lamp designs and test the theory of distributed manufacture in labs in Nepal, Ghana and Kenya.


Mission to Make – The Kit

Communication Material

Design Files




Create your own DDMP stamp! Download the open files, ready to custom and manufacture with laser cutter.


Files for manufacturing

Laser settings for GCC units (Please double check whether the Mirror function is selected)

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Download the files to build a modular exhibition, designed by Anders Dahl at Underbroen.



The 2020 Distributed Design Academy concept was based around up-skilling designers and makers working in digital fabrication and empowering them with a set of tools to help them meet new and emerging markets.

The Academy resources from the fully online distributed course are now free to use by upcoming designers and makers who want to deepen their entrepreneurial knowledge and provide inspiration and guidance on how to access new markets. These resources can also be used by instructors and schools to help them bring perspectives on what distributed design means in different contexts.

Interactive Sessions content was delivered on Miro canvases. Participants worked simultaneously on the Miro resources provided by the instructors during the Academy sessions. The Canvases Toolkit are free to download online in three languages: English, Spanish and French.





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