Over two very hot days in early July, ‘open’ was the buzzword in Barcelona. Open design, open practices, sharing, co-creation, the digital commons and creative commons licensing, makerbots and arduino, fashion, craft, downloadable design, crowdfunding, open archives, new aesthetics and much, much more.
We had a truly fantastic international line-up of speakers, and they all agreed to share their talks with us on the conference website. So head that way for audios of all the talks, as well as a few videos and slideshows.
As part of the programme of activities around the conference, we also set up a couple of experimental graphic design projects based on co-creation, through twitter and dropbox. More on those soon.
Artists and designers are being drawn to the still evolving technologies of 3D printing and rapid prototyping like moths to the light. The potential seems enormous, the possibilities expand daily, the capabilities of these state-of-the-art technologies appear magical enough that they might allow us to solve our ecological meltdown, our lust for endless novelty, our post-modern desire for individuality and our creative yearnings, all in one mind-boggling go.
FRONTdesign has been experimenting with laser sintering 3D printing, developing a method to materialise freehand sketches drawn directly in the air. They showed the process of making Sketch Furniture and the final pieces of furniture at Tokyo Wonder Site last November – here’s the video: