Call for RESPONSIBLE design

Do you have a design that supports sustainable production, promotes awareness on responsible design and consumption? Is your design embodying circular or regenerative design practice or principles of distribution and open source?

We are calling out to European designers in the quest to promote RESPONSIBLE design, manufacturing, and consumption, to showcase the biggest talent in the growing European community of responsible makers and designers.

Apply for the call. Apply for a spot at the RESPONSIBLE Design Market and be one of 10 designers supported in developing your design, as well as showcased and promoted to local and international citizens and makers at Copenhagen Maker Festival 2019 and in the European network of distributed design. Apply no later than April 18 2019 —> via this link <— The selected designers will be notified April 30 2019.

We will select 10 projects to be promoted as visionary RESPONSIBLE design practice. The chosen designs will be promoted at Copenhagen Maker Festival in september 2019 and the designers offered a residency at Underbroen, a makerspace and prototype lab in Copenhagen.

To be considered for the RESPONSIBLE Design Market your project must reflect at least one of the following principles, namely that your design-

  • takes principles of circular economy into account (i.e. local production, smart manufacturing, responsible materials, product life cycle and afterlife, etc.)

  • takes principles of distributed design into account (i.e. open source, transparency, allows for adaptation and/or customization, etc.)

  • takes social and cultural challenges and human wellbeing into consideration, both that of the end-user and potential co-producers (i.e. socioeconomic business models, regenerative systems, etc.)

Showcase at Copenhagen Maker 2019. celebrate and promote responsible design with 3000+ citizens, 300+ makers and an international community of talent at Copenhagen Maker Festival, September 28-29 2019. Copenhagen Maker Festival is Copenhagen’s annual maker faire presenting trends and innovations in technology, craft, art, and design and will bring together 300+ creatives and a 3000+ audience around the celebration of inspiring inventions, empowering and responsible technology and design practice.

Residency at Underbroen. develop your design and finalize prototypes with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a creative community of designers at Underbroen. The residency includes 30 days in the Lab between June-September 2019 and includes access to the full lineup of prototyping and manufacturing facilities for experimentation and prototyping, training and feedback from Underbroen’s staff, members and designers.

Want more information? Join the Maker Meetup #7 at Underbroen. want to know more about the call, Copenhagen Maker Festival, Underbroen and the Distributed Design Market Platform? Join us at a Maker MeetUp at Underbroen Tuesday March 19 2019. More details on time and place via this facebook event

What is the Distributed Design Market Platform? With the coming of a more digitized world the way we design, produce and buy products has changed. A global movement of locally based designers focused on responsible design, smart manufacturing and sustainable goods is emerging along with a new type of consumer wanting to connect with the products they own. This paves the way for distributed design.

Who is behind? The Distributed Design Market is presented by the Distributed Design Market Platform in collaboration with Copenhagen Maker Festival and 26 other platforms, and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Read more about the project here

For more information on the call or the Distributed Design Market Platform Project, contact Head of Copenhagen Maker Festival, Stine Broen (