Open Collaborative Making: A Digital Perspective,

Jon Rogers, Irini Papadimitriou, Andrew Prescott

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Anyone that knows me will know that I love food. I love the way that reading Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey and the Sams Clark have completely changed how I cook and what I eat. Because of the knowledge that they have created and shared, I live in a different culinary world from my parents. I love inviting lots of friends to our house on a Saturday night to cook for them. We never quite know who’s coming.We have no courses, no menu, no start and no end. It’s absolutely not a dinner party. My parents held and went to dinner parties; my generation cooks for each other.In this same way I love what Irini Papadimitriou has been doing for the last ive years at London Design Festival. Her Digital Design Weekend has been an open invitation for all of us to explore our digital future in a new and personal way.I irst got involved three years ago when Irini invited the Bespoke Project to showcase work and talk to the public about our research in public digital design.I then invited Irini to come to hack events we were running with the Met Ofice and Mozilla and things started to grow very quickly. In the same way as friends turn up on a Saturday night and start to stretch out chapati and help make dinner, Digital Design Weekend is an open process for getting involved in any way that people want to.For one person it might be about rolling up their sleeves, adjusting the temperature on a soldering iron and attaching a motor to the hem of a dress, for another it might be talking to a designer about an object they’ve made or joining a panel discussion on the future of broadcasting to objects in our homes. This varied and open way of sharing knowledge and calling people to action is something that I ind wonderfully engaging and incredibly optimistic.With this way of working in mind, we wanted to put together a collection of works that helped tell the story of what Digital Design Weekend is and what the futureof our digital might be. We have content from the Arts and Humanities Research Council community (a huge thank you to Andrew Prescott), from BBC R&D, the Met Ofice, Microsoft Research, Penguin Random House, Uniform and the V&A. You’ll ind a huge variety of thought pieces and calls-to-action that explore what people are making with and thinking about what digital is and what the future of digital might hold. Did you know that the Met Ofice has been collecting messages from bottles for nearly two hundred years? Did you know that Microsoft are making physical pie charts? Has it ever occurred to you that your daughter’s toy Dalek mightbe connected to the web? This book, a bit like dinner on a Saturday night at my house, has no particular order, doesn’t adhere to any convention, is a little bit messy and absolutely uninished. Stick around and you might be here to tidy up if you’re not careful.
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9576868-1-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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