This is Distributed Design is the fourth in a series of four publications developed within the Distributed Design Platform, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.

In the format of a book and multimedia documentary This is Distributed Design addresses the concept of distributed design, a practice that 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 aim is to leave these two pieces of content as a legacy for the future of digital design and fabrication.

Written, edited and advised in a collaborative process, the publication will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It will also be free to read and experience online at in this way, the book itself is promoting the Distributed Design movement through directly implementing, researching and developing alternatives to mass production and linear consumption models.


– The origins of distributed design – When and where it all started (History, pioneers, trends…).

– Experts in the field of distributed design today – Gurus, theorists, role models.

– Outstanding practitioners of distributed design – Designers, makers, projects, events or institutions who apply the principles of distributed design.

– Overall impact or value of distributed design in democracy, social inclusion or climate change.

– Conceptualising in distributed design – Design for good, needs-based design and design for speculation.

– The importance of people – Shared knowledge, open design and communities.

– Making distributed design real – localised and small production and manufacturing.

– Where to? What’s next in the field of Distributed Design.


This is an Open Call to contribute. For more info go to

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