The public are engaging with the process of manufacturing their own products through digital fabrication. When people have this much freedom to create their own objects, who has the responsibility for their disposal? Open design is embracing this democratisation of innovation and enabling people to make their own products with greater ease: this maker movement will soon change the way we think about products. This approach is not a replacement for mass manufacture but an extension of what is achievable with a new toolbox, solving different problems and addressing new needs. These digital tools are enabling participants with limited skill to create objects… but are they products yet?
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Engaging with a wider audience, widening participation, the ability to bounce concepts off a wider audience and predictions of how this could work in the future.
Product Designer, Brunel
Robert Phillips is a product designer working commercially and independently with a portfolio of industry projects. His industry clients have included: d3o, puma, quicksilver, MOD, Unilever, DMR, Nokia, the Victoria and Albert museum and many others that must remain nameless. He has been working within the fields of utilitarian international manufacture, education and design research.
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