The organizers are looking for design projects that take the following into account:
→ Distributed Design principles: Open source, transparency, allows for adaptation and/or customization.
→ Circular economy principles: Local production, smart manufacturing, responsible materials, product life cycle and afterlife.
→ Social challenges and human wellbeing: Both that of the end-user and potential co-producers (socioeconomic business models, regenerative systems, etc.)
The Distributed Design Awards third edition establishes 6 different winning categories: Future Thinking, Circular Design, Cultural Significanc, Adaptable & Open Design, Design for Emergency & Sustainable Production. Designers shouldn’t address their application to any specific category. All projects would compete in all of the categories.
A broad definition of ‘emerging creatives’ is adopted to include designers and makers who apply the Distributed Design concept to diverse applications, this could include platforms, deployments or products for example.The submitted work must have been designed no longer than 5 years ago. Participation is limited to projects designed within the European Union by designers based in any country of the European Union.
The open call deadline is Tuesday 30th June 2020. Details about how to apply can be found here.
The initiative is organized by Distributed Design, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. It fosters the role of emerging Makers and Designers as part of the new digitized world. It celebrates, supports and inspires these professionals from across Europe and provides opportunities to support the mobility and circulation of their work to connect them with new, digital markets.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)