[Image: Pegboard Image - Andi Yanto, Mark Godoy, Meghan Kelly, Tom Fitts, Collaborator: Collin McKinnon. MIX06. Monash University (Australia)]
Above: Pegboard Image by Andi Yanto, Mark Godoy, Meghan Kelly, Tom Fitts, Collaborator: Collin McKinnon. MIX06. Monash University (Australia)
INDIGO asks: What is indigenous design? To address this, it has set up a network of designers and a series of projects that explore its meaning and interpretation throughout the world.

INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network, seeks to understand what makes design distinctive to its home and the connections to the place where it is made and for whom it is made. The notion of local design is frequently contested, hard won and often indeterminate. It includes themes of colonisation, migration, politics, language, history, identity and conditions such as the economy and natural resources.

As designers work within a global context seemingly without borders, INDIGO provides a platform for design practice as it contributes to the formation of national cultural identities.

INDIGO is highly participatory and collaborative in its approach and welcomes contributions and commentary from designers everywhere.

INDIGO was developed as a research project by Monash University, under the leadership of Russell Kennedy, Icograda's then President Elect and a Monash faculty member. In 2006, a pilot INDIGO project called MIX06 (Migrant Indigenous Exchange 2006) was developed as a collaboration between Monash University and the University of Hartford. Robert L Peters, Past President Icograda and Koopman Chair the University of Hartford (United States), invited Kennedy to participate in a workshop with University of Hartford students. Peters in turn visited Monash University as a Designer in Residence.

In 2007, INDIGO became an Icograda-led initiative of the IDA (International Design Alliance) and its development was managed under license by the National Design Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2009, the INDIGO Secretariat has been headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

In 2010, a revised, interactive version of the INDIGO website was launched, inviting designers everywhere to actively participate in this international dialogue on the current living culture of indigenous design.

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