Peter Troxler is well known in Fablab and Open Design circles and was one of the key people behind the excellent book Open Design Now. Peter and I had a long discussion recently about open source approaches as applied to the physical rather than software world, the role of Fablabs and the hierarchies that ‘elite’ designers impose on users. As the basis of a discussion with our PhD students we thought it would be useful to outline the 4 key challenges.
- Intellectual Property, we need to experiment with systems not dominated by vested interests of I.P. lawyers and we need to make this an area we can be creative in
- How can we work in non-hierarchical structures rather than hierarchical companies?
- Is design fundamentally about multiple production or processes that result in unique productions specific to the context?
- Are designers makers or people who are willing to explore new ideas?