The topic of materials was ever present during this year's DIF. Explore some of the big ideas through these illustrations drawn by Scriberia.

Materials are all around us, but we give very little thought to their impact on our daily lives; where they come from how they are designed into our products, and what's happens after we're finished with them. This year's DIF aimed to shed some light on the basics of material choices and making to provoke a conversation about industrial norms and the potential to imagine new ways of interacting with our physical world.

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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.

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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.