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The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) encourages awareness, exchange of knowledge and collaboration between designers and materials scientists across other Materials Community groups within the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). These represent the full range of materials and manufacturing processes, old and new. We also connect design with industry and technology via other KTN communities and as a contributor to the European Commission's InnoMatNet project.




Registration does take a little time and patience but we believe you'll find it worthwhile, with benefits including free members-only access to MaDE e-magazine, a reports archive and invite-only events on materials and design.


Cover of MADE magazine 1.14

The latest MaDE Magazine (1.14) will shortly be available in print format.

Subscription £35 inc p&p (UK) for three issues a year. Bulk discounts, EU and international prices on application. To subscribe or order back issues call Louise Kittle on +44 (0)207 451 7334 or email

Free digital versions of the magazine!
E-zine and pdf versions are available free online exclusively to all members of the KTN Materials Community. We're also working on i-pad and smartphone versions. If you've not yet registered it's free to join MaDE here.



Materials and Design Exchange has teamed with Jaguar Land Rover to examine ways in which the innovative application of materials and design can improve the sustainability of vehicle end of life solutions.




Sir Richard Friend and Anna Valtonen at Inspiring Matter

The Inspiring Matter conference (held at the Royal College of Art in collaboration with the Materials and Design Exchange) provided a unique insider's view of how some of the world's leading designers, scientists, artists and anthropologists think and work within materials research, art & design innovation and inter-disciplinary collaboration.
Speakers included physicist Professor Sir Richard Friend (University of Cambridge), Anna Valtonen (ex Head, Nokia design-research, now Rector, Umea Design Institute), architect Mike Davies (Rogers Stirk Harbour) and Professor Susanne Küchler (University College London). More...

 MaDE Reports

You can find a range of pdf design and materials reports from MaDE in the report library. MaDE membership is required to access these reports.

The RightWeight Project

The RightWeight book cover
RightWeight is a book which helps designers create products, clothing, vehicles and environments with the most appropriate weight or mass density for use, materials consumption and brand perception. The limited edition book brings together the findings of the RightWeight project, developed by MaDE and the Royal College of Art, and features expert contributions from designers, scientists and anthroplogists. The editor is RCA alumnus and former MaDE design mentor Geoff Hollington.

Find out how to get a copy of RightWeight, at a very substantial discount if you join MaDE!


The Materials and Design Exchange magazine MADE is free to view as an e-zine to Materials Community members. Find out what's in the latest issue.



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A little about Materials and Design Exchange

The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) group offers improved interactivity between the design and materials community in the UK. Contact: