DDMP Talkshow: Design for the better

INDEX award nominees tell us how they make a diffference in the world through design.

How can we make an impact with design? As urgent matters like climate change are increasingly the topic of debate, designers are working on possible solutions. By producing locally, using the newest technologies and taking their social responsibility seriously, these creators are at the front lines of design and production. This evening, international creative game changers and INDEX Award nominees will present their ideas on the future of design by using local material supply chains and digital fabrication. Can we truly change the world?

These designers aim to change the world of fabrication by focussing on the movement of data, using local material supply chains and digital fabrication. How can this become the new standard for production?



  • Milo Mcloughlin-Greening – Light_00 is the winning project of the Distributed Design Challenge 2018. He used locally sourced materials and reproducible processes to design a light which could be easily reproduced anywhere around the globe. Since then, the light has been tested and produced worldwide with makers in Kenya, Ghana and Nepal.
  • Agustin Flowalistik – Plastic Smoothie was started in 2018 by. It is a design project focused on accessible design and creative recycling that gives him the chance to create a positive impact on the environment. The project is an open and creative project with a very simple goal: giving plastic waste a new life.
  • Ana Ferreira – Plástico à Vista is an open design project aimed at transforming anything into a mobile plastic treatment station and a portable classroom. How can we create an open source community that uses open design education recourses to change the way we deal with waste?


  • Emanuele Belà – Mole Mapper is a small tool for skin cancer prevention. It can be used to self-check all skin moles.
  • Nidhi Mittal – Digitally Speaking is all about smart underwear equipped with safety tech to address the issue of women safety across the Globe.
  • Nikolas Kichler – vivihouse is a modular building system, enabling everyone to design, build and adapt a healthy and vibrant urban environment.
  • Gisli Gudmundsson – Fang uses local wood material in the most sustainable way and teaches the handcraft in workshops.


  • Damien Ragoucy – Kataposte project creates portable, upgradeable & repairable speakers
  • Marc Benito Padro – FOS sunglasses/vision glasses are made from plastic waste using low tech and opensource tools.
  • Yassine Salihine – industrial designer Yassine is specialized in design and manufacturing innovation, what will the future bring us?


What is Distributed Design? Meet a new field emerging from the intersection of two global trends: the Maker Movement and the digitisation of the design discipline. This convergence has lead to the rise of a new market, in which creative individuals have access to digital tools that allow them to design, produce and fabricate products themselves and easily connect to a global network of tools and collaborators to undertake aspects of this process with them: the Distributed Design Market Platform. INDEX is a platform that supports design to improve life. The INDEX Awards is the world’s largest monetary prize worth €500.000 and inspires, educates and engages designers in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges.

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Vrijdag 21 juni 20.00 - 22.00
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC, Amsterdam

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