A big theme at this year's DIF was materials and our friends at Scriberia have drawn up our top five materials sessions.

Materials are all around us. Yet, we know little about the materials that make up our everyday objects and what goes into making and creating them. Once we learn some of the basics of materials and making, we then start to question industrial norms and imagine new ways of interacting with our physical world.

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liz corbin

Liz Corbin at the DIF Launch Party

Liz Corbin co-founded Materiom, a materials lab and open platform that provides recipes for material experimentation and development for a circular economy. Liz joined us at the DIF's Launch Party to explain why designers need to be reconnected with the materials that they use.

Watch the highlight clip here.

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Case Studies of Safe & Circular Material Choices

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, G-Star Raw, Keen Footwear, and Method joined us to explore how they are leading the way to incorporate Safe & Circular Material Choices.

Watch the session here.


Materials and Making in the DIF Studio

Rockstar materials expert Zoe Laughlin joined us to demonstrate how the new era of non-industrialisation means we can use simple tools to engage with materials and making, reclaiming agency over our belongings and surroundings.

Watch the full explosive and interactive session here.


Plastics, Problems, and Possibilities

Plastic is a miraculous material that has countless practical uses, and yet it’s the poster child for the wasteful take-make-dispose linear economy. Our studio experts explored how we can design and use materials that fit the planet, fit the economy, and fit our lifestyles.

Watch the session here.

bill mcdonough

Safe & Circular: Cradle to Cradle Design for the Circular Economy

In this Headliner session, Bill described how applying Cradle to Cradle design to molecules, products, buildings, landscapes, cities, ecosystems, and even global crises - such as ocean plastics, can productively transform design decisions.

Watch the session here.