Process, Community, Business: the systems behind Open Design // “There is no single format for Open Design systems, and designers can develop them with design tools and tools from other fields, by working on the metadesign level”
The Open Design / Shared Creativity International Conference will once again be held as part of the FADfest 2013 on 5 and 6 July. ODSC is reaching its second edition with the intention of becoming an annual space for reflection on the culture of open design and its potential in the creative professions.
What is open design?
Open design promotes the application of principles that arose from the free software and open-code movement. It is based on the idea that creativity, and society in general, benefit from open communication channels and from the free transmission of information. This is why open design seeks to share the processes of creation, distribution and production of objects, ideas or systems, so that others may use them to adapt, reformulate, produce or distribute those designs or content according to their needs.
Why shared creativity?
The culture of open design is very quickly leading to a change in paradigm in the creative industries, enabling a collaborative economy of vast potential both for designers and creators and for users and consumers. It is very much an effervescent area that is generating new business models, innovative creative processes and participative consumer practices.
What does the future hold for the culture of open design?
This new paradigm brings with it the promise of making a positive and sustainable social impact, the creation of new exchange models, delocalisation and relocalisation of production and the renewal of consumer processes.
Arising from these alternative approaches are projects such as Creative Commons licences, co-creation processes, products with global distribution but produced locally and financed collectively, instances of collaborative consumption that rescue from the past certain economic processes such as bartering or loaning, on the basis of real communities united by the virtual nature of the social networks.
These multiple channels of innovation and renovation give rise to concerns and queries:
Can open design be financially profitable?
Are the new open and delocalised production methods truly sustainable?
Can collaborative consumption generate a dynamic economy?
What is the user’s role in an open design process?
What is the impact of these new design formulas on the nature of professional practice?
The ODSC conference offers a privileged space in which such concepts can be tackled, through:
- A global and multidisciplinary approach in order to understand the reach of this phenomenon in its entirety and to favour the transfer of models and systems.
- The dissemination of alternative and profitable forms of creation, production, mediation, distribution and consumption favoured by the resurgence of the philosophy of exchange, free culture and the effervescence of digital technology and the social networks.
- The analysis of real scenarios of collaborative economy in the design environment.