DADI Founding Node

2018

Industrial Design
Product Design
Packaging Design

DADI, which stands for Decentralised Architecture for a Democratic Internet, is a peer-to-peer network owned by the people, shifting the balance of computational power away from large corporations. The Founding Node is a limited-edition item, the first in a series of products that will host the DADI network – offering users to the ability to sell processing power and cloud storage capacity to the peer-to-peer network.

This product acts as a ‘sandbox’ (pre-beta) version of the DADI node, due to this, inspiration has been drawn from laboratory equipment, aiming to provide an ‘under-the-bonnet’ experience. To achieve this, we suspended the tech from a silicone bung within borosilicate glass, the glass used in laboratories. This aesthetic also supports the limited-edition nature - creating a trophy-like object that celebrates the technology.

Front view of the DADI Founding Node deconstructed. The components include; a glass casing with a white silicone top, a plastic mounting, a Raspberry Pi circuit board and four small silver screws on a grey surface.
Front view of the DADI Founding Node. The components include; a glass casing with a white silicone top, attached to the top is a plastic component which has a Raspberry Pi circuit board mounted on to it.
Silicone top of the DADI Founding Node being separated from the plastic Raspeberry Pi mounting.

The Node has been designed to be either; re-used (the PCB), recycled or composted. Only four screws are used in the entire product, parts simply peel apart and fit together with friction – making the disassembly and recycling process much simpler.

Perspective view of part of the DADI Founding Node. The components include; a glass casing, a plastic component which has a Raspberry Pi circuit board mounted on to it. There are cables connected to the Raspberry Pi which exit the glass casing through a small semi-circle shaped gap.
Top view of the DADI Founding Node packaging showing the white logo immersed in paper shreddings.

As part of our Conscious Design philosophy we believe good products are also good for our planet. Therefore, we have designed the packaging to be 100% biodegradable.

Front view of the DADI Founding Node packaging. The packaging is a cardboard cylinder with the DADI logo printed in white on the top surface.Front view of the DADI Founding Node in packaging. The pacaging is a cardboard cylinder with the lid off. Inside we can see the top of the DADI Founding Node and the logo embossed into the silicone top.

As with many projects, we also supervised the manufacture of this product. Working closely with select suppliers within our manufacturing network, we sampled, resampled and refined until the quality was perfected and the product was ready for shipping.  

Perspective view of prototypes of the separate components of the DADI Founding Node laid out on a white surface.
Front view of four DADI Founding Nodes, showing the process from initial prototype to final product.
Perspective view of the top of the DADI Founding Node. The image shows a white silicone top, attached to the top is a plastic component which has a Raspberry Pi circuit board mounted on to it.