Prototyping for opening production: from designing for to designing in the making together

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Seravalli, Anna. 2013. Prototyping for opening production: from designing for to designing in the making together. Presented at Crafting the Future, 10th European Academy of Design Conference, April 17-19, 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden.

ABSTRACT – Open and collaborative processes are assuming a growing role in the generation of goods and services. There is an increasing number of examples where production processes are opened, relationships between producers and final users become blurred and where making together represents a central strategy in generating value.

Design is increasingly involved in supporting opening production, both in terms of developing technical infrastructures and in facilitating and nourishing processes of making together trying to understand how design can boost collaboration and openness in diverse fields.

Design Things and Design Thinking: Contemporary Participatory Design Challenges

[PUBLICATION] In this paper, the authors argue that a fundamental challenge for designers and the design community is to move from designing “things” (objects) to designing Things (socio-material assemblies). By Björgvinsson, Ehn and Hillgren, published in Design Issues.

PhD Seminar: Prototyping Towards Opening Production

This 50-percent-seminar represents a half-way milestone in Anna Seravalli’s PhD at Medea, Malmö University. On October 10, Seravalli will give a picture of what her research has resulted in until now, but she will also give insights about how to continue her research. Seravalli’s central theme is prototyping towards opening production, a theme that represents a frame that is built on and keeps together the experiments developed and carried out within Living Labs Fabriken and The Neighbourhood.

Date/time: October 10, at 10-13.

Opponent: Oksana Mont, Lund University

Location: Medea (map)

The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning

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Nilsson, Elisabet M. 2011. The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning. In Sonvilla-Weiss, S. & Owen, K. (Eds.) Future Learning Spaces: Designs on ELearning Conference Proceedings, pp 293-298, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

ABSTRACT – This short paper presents the initial steps in the establishment of Fabriken (the Factory) which is an open maker-space, and lab space for creating and experimenting with technologies. The space also provides a platform for peer-to-peer learning, and networked learning that goes on beyond the physical walls of the lab space.

Democratizing production: challenges in co-designing enabling platforms for social innovation

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Seravalli, Anna. (2011). “Democratizing production: challenges in co-designing enabling platforms for social innovation”, The Tao of Sustainability, International Conference on Sustainable Design Strategies in a Globalization Context, Bejing China 27-29 October 2011.

ABSTRACT – In the social innovation field it has been recognized the need for infrastructures to support the flourishing of social innovation: intermediaries that should facilitate the connections between diverse stakeholders and resources. Design research has contributed to the idea of intermediaries by developing the concept of enabling platforms. These are situated systems of human and non-human actors, which should support bottom-up initiatives and cross-sector networks by responding to the meta-technological demands of social innovation activities.

design?! – öppen föreläsningsserie på Fabriken STPLN i höst

> August to December at Fabriken, Stapelbäddsparken, Malmö <

”Design” är ett begrepp som idag dyker upp i alla möjliga sammanhang. Men vad betyder det egentligen? Fortfarande tänker nog många på design i betydelsen ”vackrare vardagsvaror” tillgängliga för alla. Samtidigt handlar design idag i lika hög grad om utformning av komplexa informationssystem, begripliga endast för några få.

Design kan syfta på allt från hälsofrämjande formgivning av nödvändigheter till förföriska experiment med det extravaganta. Tendensen är dock tydlig: design är en företeelse som genomsyrar vårt samhälle och som blir allt viktigare att förstå och förhålla sig kritisk till.

I föreläsningsserien design?! presenteras design som begrepp, som historiskt fenomen och som skapande handling; som uttryck för samtiden och som en strategi inför framtiden. Föreläsningarna kommer också att förläggas till en ur designsynpunkt ny och spännande miljö – FabrikenSTPLN – med förhoppning om att de också ska bidra till en levande designdebatt.