The Distributed Design Residency at Happylab Vienna is entering the next round! In collaboration with the Distributed Design Platform, Happylab is once again supporting creative talents working at the interface between design and the maker movement.

Duration: September 2024 - February 2025 // The open call runs until June 23 at:

As part of the Distributed Design Residency at Happylab Vienna (September 2024 - February 2025), makers and designers are supported in the realization of their projects in the makerspace. Depending on the current project status, the aim of the residency is to realize an idea, initial prototypes or a small series, which will be exhibited at Happylab in March 2025. The program includes a package individually tailored to the needs of the participants:

  • Access to the machines at Happylab (3D printer, laser cutter, CNC milling machine, wood & metal workshop,...)
  • Contingent of training courses and workshops in the makerspace
  • Project-related, individual advice from experts
  • Studio space in the Happylab co-working space incl. meeting room
  • Access to our network of cluster partners (material suppliers, funding programs,...) incl. discounts & benefits
  • Promotion and visibility of the project via Happylab's communication channels and partnerships
  • Exchange with the Happylab community as well as designers and makers throughout Europe via the Distributed Design Platform

Register now - we look forward to receiving your applications!

Link to the Open Call: Deadline: June 23, 2024

From September 2023 to February 2024, the second round of the Distributed Design Residency took place at Happylab! For six months, our Distributed Design Residents tinkered with their projects, created prototypes and produced their first small series. The results are impressive projects at the interface of design and making. Click here to see their projects & results!

What is distributed design?

Distributed Design combines design skills and the "making" approach to enable new forms of entrepreneurship and local production. On the one hand, designers are acquiring more and more technical and practical skills. On the other hand, makers are discovering the world of design for themselves. Design and production practices are being expanded by a digitally networked, globally distributed infrastructure of digital production machines in fab labs and makerspaces: data (designs) can move globally, while atoms (materials) remain local. This paradigm represents a new, sustainable alternative to the "take, make, waste" industrial model. Designers and makers can produce personalized products locally and connect with peers worldwide.

Happylab has been part of the Distributed Design Platform since 2018. Creative talents from all over Europe are supported in numerous activities to make their work usable in the age of digital production and in the context of the emerging maker movement. The Distributed Design Platform is coordinated by Fab Lab Barcelona and has been co-funded by the European Union's Creative Europe program since 2017.