Welcome to attend an open lecture by Professor Eric von Hippel, a world leading academic on user innovation and democratising design

Place and date: 23.10.2018 at 14:00 -15:15, Aalto ARTS Otaniemi, Wäre Building, class Q201


Democratizing design with end user-friendly design toolkits

Eric von Hippel    https://evhippel.mit.edu/

Abstract: Tens of millions of consumers and producer development teams innovate each year.  Vanishingly few afford the help of a professional designer, and their projects suffer as a result. To bring better design to the presently unserved 99%, the design profession could consider research and development programs aimed at creating software design toolkits.  The goal would be to make these toolkits useable by ordinary end users – who in this way could incorporate at least some of the life-enhancing design expertise that academic and professional designers have developed so richly.

DIY, peer support and the challenge of improved collaboration tools

Sampsa Hyysalo https://inuse.fi/people/sampsa-hyysalo/

Abstract: DIY design and innovation are widespread activities, often supported by peers at local sites such as hobbyist groups, clubs and networks. Internet connectivity has brought DIY designers together across geographical separation as well. Whilst this is a no brainer regarding digital products and tools, peer support is formidable also regarding physical products that lack digital representation. Internet forums exist for most hobby and equipment areas ranging from extreme sports to Hi-Fi equipment to self-built off-road vehicles to energy technologies. These forums and dedicated sites such as instructables, however, to date support shared design work only partially, resulting in imperfect pooling of contributions. There thus exists a design challenge how to create adequate peer support for the physical product designers.