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My statement - Mayo

For me Open Design means making design accessible. Everybody is able to execute their design without limitations. This way a product can be personalized, which is important to prevent excessive overproduction and waste. More ‘’designers’’ will think about a product, as a result it will be developed continually. When someone chooses a product he will first look for improvements and then start with making an adapted version. A relation between products and their owners occurs for the owner spent time making it. I think, as a designer focused on the future, it is impossible to ignore Open Design.

If I would have a fablab in my own studio, I would take every opportunity to use it. In this class I have seen that the possibilities are endless. My fablab would be open for everyone because I think it is inspiring and educational to see what other people are doing. 
My strategy with Open Design is investigating what people have done before me, so that I wont make the same mistakes. I want my signature to be visible in designs inspired by mine, even though I know that might not be realistic to think. Most probably my designs will be used as a guideline, at least that’s what I would do. 

Statement - Flores

Voor ons project voor Open Design hebben wij een gepersonaliseerde lamp ontworpen die de identiteit van de ontwerper communiceert met licht. Hierdoor kunnen ontwerpers / amateurs een dialoog voeren in licht. Met Typografie patronen en andere vormen kan de ontwerper zijn eigen ‘Hydron’ ontwerpen. Ons uitgangspunt was om een object te maken die interactief is door middel van licht en de kijker uitnodigt om er zelf ook één te ontwerpen.

Als ik zelf een Fablab zou bezitten zou ik persoonlijk meer op zoek gaan naar materialen die niet vaak toegepast worden, om zo tot uniekere en originele ontwerpen te komen. Ik denk ook dat een Fablab mijn horizon zou kunnen verbreden in mijn ontwerper schap, in de zin van uitwerkingen en mogelijkheden van het ontwerp. Ik zou de technieken uitdiepen en kijken wat er nou allemaal mogelijk is.

Onze strategie was gebaseerd op interactie en communicatie in een nieuwe vorm, in dit geval licht. Het ontwerp zou kijkers uit moeten nodigen om zelf de taak over te nemen als ontwerper en contact te maken met andere ontwerpers / amateurs. Hiermee breng je den mensen samen en ontstaat er een onverwacht dialoog in een lichtspel.

Personal Lamp - Mayo

Personal Lamp - Laura

We all created a personal lamp which tells something about us. I bought plain white card which I then decorated with watercolours and glitter. I combined words and pattern, choosing the words: Laugh, Love, Dream, Explore, Smile and Live; which I think are important. I also added patterns that I like. 

My statement

Before starting this subject I’d never really hard of Open Design before, let alone knowing what it involved. I normally worked on projects alone, so working together in a group and combining ideas was an interesting experience. Open Design is an alternative method for designing and developing, by working together through publically sharing design information. You combine each other’s strengths and sources.

If I had a Fablab in the future I think I’d be a lot more experimental within my work, as I’d have much more equipment, which I would be able to easily make use of. I’d especially want to make use of 3-D printing, seeing if I could come up with new creative solutions. I’d also make more use of collaboration, working together with people to come up with new exciting ideas, combining our strengths and ideas. When I visited the Fablab in Amsterdam it seemed like a really inspiring workplace to be, where you can come together. I think almost any idea in a Fablab would be possible, as there are so many different tools which can be made us of.

Our open design strategy was to be inspired by a few pieces of design and create something new. We wanted the lamp to express something, and perhaps even result in a discussion between people. The user gets to fully participate in our design, as it’s fully customizable to their personal taste and vision. They can decide what material they want to use for their lamp and what size it will be, and whether they will have more than one. The design of the lamp itself will be their own choice, so that they can show or say what they want about themselves. Each of us have created our own personal lamp which shows something about ourselves. We expect that each user will create a very different and personal lamp, and hopefully create some surprising and unexpected outcomes, which we ourselves did not think of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_design

http://www.opendesign.org/

The next step

We will each create our own personal lamp, which will say or show something about ourselves. This will show examples of what the user can do with the template. 

Update

We’ve decided we are going to use LED lights in our lamp, as this means that the lamp won’t need to be plugged in (as the fairy lights would need to be). We will use several different coloured LED lights so we can get an effect similar to that of the fairy lights. Photos of the lamp with LED lights will follow soon. 

Update
We’ve created a logo for our product. The logo was spray painted from the cut out card left over after laser-cutting our lamp net. We decided to keep the logo simple and bold, so that it catches your eye and is recognisable. We plan to make our final lamp mock-up black, so we matched this to the colour of the logo. 

Update

We’ve created a logo for our product. The logo was spray painted from the cut out card left over after laser-cutting our lamp net. We decided to keep the logo simple and bold, so that it catches your eye and is recognisable. We plan to make our final lamp mock-up black, so we matched this to the colour of the logo. 

Update

The net has been fixed so that it fits together perfectly. 

Download link:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/5yb1ag

Possibility of how we can hang our lamp. Also created out of 2mm cardboard. Possibly add second part to make it sturdier (see previous sketch)