Driving Design II

A project by
Distributed Design Platform

About the project

Driving Design II is the sixth of seven publications from the Distributed Design Platform. Established in 2017 and co-funded by the European Union, the Distributed Design Platform brings together Fab Labs, Makerspaces, cultural organizations, universities, and design centers from around the globe.

This book is a testament to the potential of design to address the pressing challenges of our time. Join us as we venture into the realms of collaborative experimentation, where designers become agents of change, translating methods across different contexts and sectors. We invite you to explore an alternative present that is not confined to the status quo, but seeing design as a driving force behind systemic transformation.

In a world characterized by rapid technological advancements, shifting global landscapes, and the urgent need for alternative, meaningful, regenerative solutions, design plays a pivotal role in shaping our future. Driving Design II, presented by the Distributed Design Platform, embarks on a journey through the transformative power of design in the contemporary era.

This book is not merely a collection of theories and principles, it is a dynamic exploration of design’s capacity to drive innovation, foster inclusivity, and navigate the complexities of our interconnected world. Through the lens of the Distributed Design Platform, we delve into the multifaceted aspects of design that extend far beyond the creation of physical artifacts. As our societies evolve, so must our approach to design. We advocate for a paradigm shift, challenging conventional norms and embracing a postcolonial and post-anthropocene perspective. We navigate the intricacies of design education, emphasizing the importance of breaking free from outdated systems to empower a new generation of designers capable of shaping policy-making processes.