Crafting the Future. 10th European Academy of Design Conference. vol:10 issue:1 edition:1 pages:99-99
Crafting the Future. 10th European Academy of Design Conference. edition:10 location:Gothenburg date:17-19 April 2013
This paper investigates the role of ‘openness’ in participatory design research projects and environments of our research group Social Spaces. It discusses a definition of openness – inspired by the open source philosophy – which makes the exchange of knowledge and practices possible, as well as the participation of people and interaction with different disciplines and
domains. Also, it will define openness in different phases of the design process: in ‘project time’ (i.e. open exchange during the participatory design process) and ‘use time’ (i.e. open exchange after the participatory design process). In addition to that, we distinguish two forms of openness,
being open access to functionality and to meaning.
Next, we refer to three case studies that provide insights in the opportunities and difficulties of working in open ways in design research. First, we discuss “MAP-it”: an ‘open source method’ developed to enable people to ‘map’ their ideas and ways of working transparently for others and come to new collaborative solutions. Second, “Creating Spaces” is a project wherein an open source multitouch table is being developed, enabling more flexibility in design for small social and cultural organisations. We conclude with a reflection on our start-up of a FabLab, wherein open source researching and designing allows us to collaborate with the local multicultural community and the social and cultural field.