October 18, 2011
We have entered the era of design by everyone. More of us have the urge, skills and knowledge to participate in the design process. The open movement is changing the way we shape and experience the world around us. And the good news is: this is the best thing even for professional designers.
Open design existed before the publication of this book, of course. At the end of the last century, it was defined as design whose makers allowed its redistribution and documentation and permitted modifications and derivations of it. More than a decade later, open design is developing actively and constitutes an influential trend in the world of design.
Open Design Now is the first comprehensive take on open design reaching from its roots, via its current drivers, all the way to its future. Whether you are a skeptic or a true believer, a business leader or an enthusiast, an aspiring talent or an award-winning professional, Open Design Now gives you the tools to position yourself among the pioneers of the phenomenon.
The insightful articles on all aspects of open design are supported by case studies ranging from the RepRap to the Indestructibles Restaurant and from the (Un)limited Design Contest to $50 prosthetic legs.