Closing in on open design: comparing casual and critical design challenges

CRUICKSHANK, Leon and ATKINSON, Paul (2013). Closing in on open design: comparing casual and critical design challenges. In: Proceedings of the 10th European Academy of Design Conference, Gothenburg. [Gothenburg], University of Gothnburg/European Academy of Design.

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Open Design has become an umbrella term for a wide range of approaches to design and creativity where professional design is challenged. These range from seeing designers as simply irrelevant (in democratized innovation) to an active and creative collaboration between designers and non-designers (co-design) to the dissolution of the distinction between designer and nondesigner altogether.

While supporting open design in general, we argue that there are important instances where open design approaches may not be appropriate and that there will be a polarization between casual design activity (for cups, t-shirts and so on) and critical designs (medical equipment, very complex systems like mobile phones).

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Section in online e-book of conference papers from the 10th European Academy of Design Conference : Crafting the future, held at University of Gothenburg, 17-19 April 2013.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Open Design, Innovation, Ethical Design, Cystic Fibrosis
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
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Depositing User: Paul Atkinson
Date Deposited: 16 May 2014 12:58
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 11:31

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