About the Destex project

Advanced Textile Materials is an emerging sector focusing on the technical aspects of textile materials rather than on their aesthetics.

In order to foster innovation within this sector, higher education programs need to uptake and reinforce creativity and design aspects into textile engineering programs as driver to unlock the latent innovation potential of advanced textile manufacturing industry.


Access to the platform

The purpose of the this platform is to give you the necessary tools to introduce innovation in the advanced textiles manufacturing sector. For that, we have organized the open educational resources in a series of targets (higher education student, higher education staff and practitioner) in order to help you find contents adapted to your specific needs.
The contents are also organized according to the phase of the innovation process to which they mainly belong. These four stages (Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver) are based in the Design Council’s Double Diamond ones, that is a perfect framework for innovation that involves four core stages necessary for problem-solving.
You can take all the lessons that appear on this platform to have an overview, or you can choose your own path if you prefer to focus on more specific content.

Choose between these categories if you want to receive contents adapted to your profile:


Higher education students who are interested in this sector need to supplement their profile with knowledge to help them enter the work market. These contents are specially dedicated to people of this profile.


Professionals in such a highly specialized sector often need to delve into fields that make it easier for them to open up to innovation. These contents seek to complement the profiles with more experience.


Trainers and researchers often need to expand knowledge and apply it in their projects and classes. In a sector such as the production of advanced textile materials this is especially important.

Choose between these blocks if you want to focus your learning process in one specific innovation stage:


The first stage will hep you to understand, rather than simply assume, what the problem is. It involves speaking to and spending time with people who are affected by the issues.


The insights gathered from the discovery phase are useful to define the challenge in a different way and to decide your next steps.


The third stage will encourage you to give different answers to the clearly defined problem, seeking inspiration from elsewhere and co-designing with a range of different people.


Delivery involves testing out different solutions at small-scale, rejecting those that will not work and improving the ones that will. Here you will also find good examples and case studies.