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Open Design Now; Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive


Design is undergoing a revolution. Technology is empowering more people to create and disseminate designs, and professionals and enthusiasts are using it to share their work with the world. Open design is changing everything from furniture to how designers make a living.

Open Design Now: Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive surveys this emerging field for the first time. Insiders including John Thackara, Droog Design’s Renny Ramakers and Bre Pettis look at what’s driving open design and where it’s going. They examine new business models and issues of copyright, sustainability and social critique. Case studies show how projects ranging from the RepRap self-replicating 3D-printer to $50 prosthetic legs are changing the world.

Open Design Now is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of design and society.

All the book articles, cases and other contents are available in the website.


Author Bas van Abel, Roel Klaassen, Lucas Evers, Peter Troxler

Publisher Creative Commons Netherlands, Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion and Waag Society.

Year 2011

Language English

License CC BY-NC-SA 4.0