Providing space, tools, resources and knowledge to share, the DMY MakerLab is a platform for open design and the jointly making of things. Initiated by DMY Berlin, along with the international maker community and participants alike (full credits below), the MakerLab has been introduced at last year’s DMY International Design Festival Berlin. As a central gathering point for innovators, maker and tinkerers, the MakerLab has become an integral part of the festival and will anew take place at DMY International Design Festival 2011 (Airport Berlin Tempelhof, June 1 to 5). The MakerLab Milan marks the first of a series of event-based hubs. Dedicated to Open Design practices and connecting locals with an ever-growing global community, the MakerLab will continue to travel to different venues and events  – open for iterations and changes.
Stay tuned for future events and get in contact with us if you like to take part!
The program of last year’s DMY Maker Lab can be found here <> and here <>.

The DMY Maker Lab 2010 was shaped and realized in a collaborative effort by many instigators and participants alike. It has been enabled by Jay Cousins (Open Design City, Betahaus, Palomar), Gabriel Shalom (KS12), Michelle Thorne (Creative Commons ), Luis Berríos-Negrón, Bas van Abel (Waag Society) and Pedro Pineda (We Creative People) and DMY (special thanks to Ake Rudolf and Karen Khurana) and was supported by Etsy, DutchDFA, and Becks.

More info below.

Maker Lab Stations


Open Design Mindscapes
– The exploration of Open Design starts with ongoing collaborative discussions at the centre of the event. Share your views, passions and ideas while inspiring others, too. The Mindscape cluster will be moderated by Michelle Thorne (Creative Commons) and Pedro Pineda (We Creative People), and will feature both pre-scheduled and spontaneous contributions.

Time: Wednesday 09th – Sunday 13th June 2010
Topics: see Scheduled Talks sidebar

New: Design Thinking Workshop Led by Dark Horse Innovation. An introductory workshop on design thinking hosted by Christiane Frey, Diemut Bartl and Lisa Zoth.

Time: Saturday 12th June, 1600

New: Performance Design – Collaborate in this speed-project session to create interactive solutions for a theatrical performance. With a given concept proposal revolving around the inspiring madness of a metropolitan city, this workshop will provide the opportunity to use your designer skills linking them to finding solutions for interactive stage and communication design for the world of theatre. By Sally Musleh Jaber (


Iterative Process

Iterative Process is a quick guide to Open Design. The sessions, no matter your design experience, will be about creating, reinterpreting, building upon or retrofitting objects fabricated and shared during the Maker Lab. We will provide you with tips, tools and materials (please see details) so you can explore, produce and present during the Festival.

Iterative Production, Workshop 1 – introduction to basic Rhino polygonal modeling and integrative fabrication techniques (drawing, extrusion, sectioning, contouring, assembly for laser-cutter, cnc router and or/fdm printing), by Luis Berríos-Negrón and Aurel von Richthofen, two-part workshop, please bring laptop, Rhino4 demo to be provided.

Time: Thursday 10th June 2010 @ 18.00 (Intro at 17.00)

Iterative Production, Workshop 2 – introduction to basic Rhino surface modeling and integrative fabrication techniques (surface modeling, caging, unfolding, basic scripting for assemblies for laser-cutter, cnc router and or/fdm printing), by Aurel von Richthofen and Luis Berríos-Negrón, two-part workshop, please bring laptop. Rhino4 demo to be provided.

Time: Saturday 12th June 2010 @ 15.00

Iterative collaboration – build a product that uses a range of tools and processes in it’s production, at each station you will be given the option to duplicate, improve or start a new branch of the standard design. Creating a family of products, related yet distinct, enabled by Jay Cousins (, Christopher Doering ( and Mendel Heit.

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010

Iterative Book Design – create a book of consequence. Story begets image begets story. An interpretive loop where the end result  is unknown, shaped by the mind of each reader and viewer into something new. Initiated by Tracy Rolling

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010

(Un)limited Design Book workshop. During the concluding workshop on Sunday, selected guests work collaboratively on a publication on open design. The (Un)limited Design Book which will be launched at PICNIC, Amsterdam. Hosted by Tommi Laitio (

Time: Sun 13th, 11:00-17:00

albinoplast – building blocksAlbinoplast ist: Coworking, Innovation, Originalität und flexible Büroraumgestaltung haben in der heutigen Arbeitsgesellschaft stark an Bedeutung gewonnen. Spiel, haptische Wahrnehmung und kreatives Teambuilding sind zentrale Elemente dieser Entwicklung, werden jedoch durch die Technologisierung des Arbeitsplatzes zu sehr vernachlässigt. albinoplast stellt sich diesen Problemen. Einfache weisse Bauelemente holen Menschen vom Bildschirm aus dem routinierten Alltag gezielt auf eine reale Kreationsfläche.


(Un)limited Design Contest

Started last year, (Un)limited Design Contest is an experiment in open design. Participants can submit original designs or copy and adapt other participants’ entries to the contest. This year’s themes for the contest include Form, Food, Fashion and Fusion.

Time: Thu-Sat 11:00-21:00, Sun 11:00-19:00

(Un)limited Design Sessions: Every day, lunch sessions are scheduled to get you going with the (Un)limited Design Contest and the use of the Fablab machinery. Well-known designers and experienced engineers will boost your creativity on the themes of Form, Food, Fashion and Fusion.

Form workshop: Thu 10/05 12:00-14:00
Workshop leader: Matt Cottam (Tellart)
Participants: 5-10 people per session.
Materials: partially available, but a donation will be appreciated

Fashion workshop: Fri 11/05 12:00-14:00
Workshop leader: Zelda  Beauchampet (zlda)
Participants: 5-10 people per session.
Materials: partially available, but bring your own garments

Food workshop: Sat 12/05 12:00-14:00
Workshop leader: Arne Hendriks
Participants: 5-10 people per session.
Materials: available, but bring your own food

Fusion workshop: Sun 13/05 12:00-14:00
Workshop leader: Ronen Kadushin
Participants: 5-10 people per session.
Materials: available, but a donation will be appreciated


Home Manufacturing

Home manufacturing blends the old and the new, an exploration of both forgotten arts, and new processes. Taking production techniques and reclaiming them as our own. Home manufacturing is an opportunity to access materials and production without expensive machines and state of the art technology.

Weaving – learn to weave on a lasercut loom – even make your own loom should you wish (laser cutter kindly provided by Martin Bauer, from Lasern Lasern). Taught by Travis Meinolf

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010, Afternoon Sessions
Workshops: Thursday 10th @ 14:00, Friday 11th @13:00, Saturday 12th @13:00, Sunday 13th @16:00
Participants: 6 – 10 people per session.
Materials: Bring your own yarn or buy it on the spot (5 Euros)

Printing on Fabrics – Print your own fabrics using techniques as screen printing, stencils or block printing.

Time: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June 2010
Workshops: Saturday & Sunday @14:00
Participants: 5 people
Materials: Bring your own material, or buy for a donation (5 Euros recommended)

Bioplastic Production – learn how to make bioplastic in your own home, using materials sourced from the supermarket, chemist and your laundry basket. Create useful bioplastic products from bags to furniture, or join us in finding new uses and material combinations to build new products anyone can reproduce. Brought to you by Chris Doering, Jay Cousins and Mendel Heit

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010.
Workshops: Thursday @13:00; Friday @14:00; Saturday @16:00; Sunday @13:00
Participants: up to 10 people per session
Materials: Bring your own old textiles (preferably wool) or use provided (3 euros donation recommended)

DIY Vacuum forming – this session introduces an effective low-tech method
to form thermoplastic sheet material into delicate and precise product parts.
Proposing examples of implementation as a starting point, the objective is to provide room for experimental and playful approaches, by Christophe Vailllant

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010.
Workshops: Thursday @13:00; Friday @14:00; Saturday @16:00; Sunday @13:00.
Participants: 5 – 10 people per session
Materials: Provided (3 euros donation recommended)

Felt Making– the basics in felting and nunofelting, how to get some patterns like stripes and how to make a hollow mold (Hohlform) technique used for making bags. Learn in basic steps and than the try it out. Taught by Kerstin (

Time: Friday 11th @ 1200, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th @1400
Participants: 5-10 persons / session
Materials: Wool and and BW-Gaze provided. A donation for materials is welcome, and you can provide your own materials too.

How to make the 24 Euro Chair within 24 minutes Led by Le Van Bo from, learn how to make a chair cheaply and quickly. Sign up with Prime Lee (

Time: Sunday 12:00-13:00
Materials: Please contact before Thursday evening 20:00 so we can prepare the material for you.
Contribution: 24 Euros (material cost) or bring your own, make sure you know the measurements (check


Perhaps the starting point for the Open Design movement, Open Source electronics was once the preserve of hackers. In our electronics thread we aim to make these processes and tools available for you to learn, engage and create.

Circuit Board Design & Production – turn your electronic breadboard sketch into a professional circuit board design. Later produce it yourself using a simple etching process on-site, and share the results online. With Fritzing ( and IxDS (

Time: Thursday 10th June 2010, from 12:00am
Participants: 15 max
Materials: Provided. 10€ is asked from each participant to cover the costs.

Open Source Electronics– build some musical electronic toys with Philip Steffan of, or engage in freestyle Arduino play. Arduino is an open source microcontroller system that helps you build your own gadgets, interactive installations or deadly robots.

Time: Thursday 10th & Friday 11th June 2010.
Workshops: Thursday & Friday @16:00
Participants: max 10
Materials: There is available circuit boards to use in the space. If you want to take one home is 25 euros

Wearable Electronics – the Wearable Gaming session explores the potential of wearable technology. In small project sessions we build glowing flowers or finger puppet monsters which blush and tremble. A longer term project goes deeper into soft circuits, combinations of conductive materials and integration into wearable items, by Julia Schreiber and Nicole Roscher (von Bardonitz).

Time: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June 2010
Workshops: The workshop is all day long (Saturday or Sunday), consisting of modules each lasting about 2 hours. People are free to come and join only for one module (at 11.00 / 13.00 / 15.00 / 17.00 o’clock) or stay for the whole day.
Participants: 6 participants per session. Enroll before by sending an email to post -at- julea -dot- de or just come along and hope that there’s enough free space :-)
Materials: 3 euros donation. People encouraged to bring old clothing to customize.

E-Textile Workspace – Participants of the V2_ E-Textile Workspace ( will be submerged in the world of wearable technology for a day. Experienced workshop leaders will explain the aims and key concepts of the field, and assist participants to build a simple soft interface into one of their own existing garments.

Time: Thursday 10th June 2010, 10.00 – 17.00
Participants: Maximum 15
Materials: 5 euros donation, bring your own garment to customize.


Documentation of the event

A core component of Open Design process is documentation, which is essential to enable others to access your designs, processes and techniques. We shall be exploring new and tested processes over the course of the event to iterate the documentation process itself.

Analog Motion Graphics – create handmade moving images in which the motion is achieved by hand or using movements made with the body. We will be helping you to create beautiful and unique documentation, enabling you to share the discoveries you make at the workshop with the larger maker community. By KS12: Gabriel Shalom, Patrizia Kommerell, Annika Bauer, Veronika Ruppenthal

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010. Constant Video shooting during event
Workshops: Thursday @15:00; Friday @15:00; Saturday @15:00; Sunday @15:00
Participants: Everybody invited
Materials: Bring your own camaras, materials to play, …

How to guides – everything produced will be documented to make it easy for others to build, make and expand upon, we will be experimenting with a range of technologies and iterating new processes for documentation throughout the event.

Immediated Autodocumentary – we will engage the routine behavior of sharing media on social networks as a means towards live documentation of our event. All participants are invited to tweet #dmymakerlab or join the flickr group dmymakerlab to contribute to our self-reflexive discourse. To take part please bring your own digital camera and/or smartphone. Enabled by KS12: Gabriel Shalom, Patrizia Kommerell, Annika Bauer, Veronika Ruppenthal

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010

The ‘Evolving Monument’ is a proposal to catalogue the objects developed during the DMY Maker Lab. As a process, this archive will grow, change, disrupt and/or project the input of all participants during the 5-day event. This public effort aims to form the workshop’s institutional memory while serving as a generative exercise in contemporary production and material economies. Initiated and moderated by Luis Berríos-Negrón and Aurel von Richthofen.

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010. Continuous evolution

(Un)limited Design Expo. A selection of (Un)limited Design Contest designs is displayed. The expo is integrated in the Evolving Document and will grow during DMY. Designs made on the spot are added to the exhibition, making it the heart of the (Un)limited Design community of open design practice.

Time: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2010. Continuous evolution


Make Something Happen

The above events are to get you started, to get you thinking about Open Design and collaboration, we have one space filled with skills, tools and processes for 5 days at an international festival. We now want you to come and participate and join in the fun. Do something different, bring along your lego, swap recipes, blow plastics, bring something you wish to work with, or something that you think someone else might like to work with.

Supported by

The DMY Maker Lab is brought to you by the Berlin Beta Collective, Open Design City, Betahaus, Palomar 5, Premsela, Waag Society, and DMY, it is kindly sponsored by Etsy, DutchDFA, and Becks.