The Artefact Cafe project researches the possibilities that could enable people to design and create their own products and artefacts. We are examining the effectiveness of currently available digital and fabrication technologies for the potential of creating a mini-revolution in user-led open design and the ways in which products and services are designed and consumed.
We are investigating the facilitation process in terms of technology, knowledge, tools and resources that would enable people to successfully conceive and produce their own designs. As well as looking at the now widely available and accessible digital media and tools including Web 2.0 that have increased the level of engagement consumers have in determining exactly what they are consuming.
While acknowledging that people not only readily produce content for self-expression but also publicly share their views and ideas with others, there is now a new generation that are pro-active in what and how they produce and or consume information, products and services. In the context of product design, companies are also now recognizing the wisdom of the crowd and increasingly seek to tap into this global knowledge base as well as local insights through crowdsourcing and or open sourcing strategy.
The major aim of the project is to access the feasibility of creating locally focused ìArtefact CafÈsî that would serve as open access decentralised fabrication hubs, connected through a shared open design and knowledge platform. We will also examine the social and economic implications that these would bring about.
This Blog is intended as a space to share some of the research material we are looking into.