Prototyping for opening production : from designing for to designing in the making together

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Prototyping for opening production : from designing for to designing in the making together
Author(s) Seravalli, Anna
Date 2013
English abstract
Open and collaborative processes are assuming a growing role in the generation of goods and services. There is an increasing number of examples where production processes are opened, relationships between producers and final users become blurred and where making together represents a central strategy in generating value. Design is increasingly involved in supporting opening production both in terms of developing technical infrastructures and in facilitating and nourishing processes of making together trying to understand how design can boost collaboration and openness in diverse fields. In trying to contribute to the discussion about how to design for making together, this paper reflects on the experiences made in the establishment and running of the maker- space Fabriken in the city of Malmö, a research project where the author is involved. The focus is on prototyping and how it has been used to foster collaboration and openness in the making of Fabriken. From these experiences it emerges how prototyping (the design approach), has been a fruitful way for experimenting, learning by doing and conducting small-scale interventions. Moreover, in order to account for togetherness, prototyping has also been used as a way of infrastructuring and thinging. In conclusion it emerges how prototyping in Fabriken has become a composionist tactic that can be appropriated by participants to drive their own making activities and shaping the space according to their needs. From this understanding a new role for the designer involved in processes of making together starts to appear and also issues about how to support them. From the experiences of Fabriken it emerges how design for opening production should be concerned with how to design in the making together rather than how to design for making together.
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ISBN 978-91-979541-5-0
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) prototyping
making together
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Crafting the Future, 10th European Academy of Design Conference, April 17-19, 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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