Open Design workshop, Graz

Open Design workshop, 30 May 2011
fashionLAB, Klosterwiesgasse 5,
Graz, Austria

   
I was invited this week by Creative Industries Styria and Microgiants to host a workshop on Open Design in Graz, Austria. The workshop was titled ‘Open Design and Factories of the Future’, and looked at the issues of open approaches to design and their use alongside direct digital manufacturing techniques. Although a small venue, the 2 hour workshop was in-depth, and included an interesting discussion. The possible directions Open Design might take seem to be wide open (no pun intended) and I believe the direction will evolve organically as it will be determined democratically by all those involved. Whichever direction it eventually takes, its impact will be huge.

Before the workshop, I was interviewed by Patrick Dax from the Austrian online technology newspaper ‘Futurezone’. The interview covered a number of issues about the nature of Open Design and its impact on the role of the designer in the production, distribution and consumption of goods.

A transcript of the interview, titled ‘Open Design: The End of Mass Production’ (text in German) is available here.

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