Talk to Design Research Society (DRS) international conference “Design + Research + Society: Future-Focused Thinking”
“3D Printing, the Factory of the Future” (“Impression 3D, l’usine du futur”) is a special exhibition dedicated entirely to 3D printing technology.
The current trend of self-production activities is reshaping the role of professional designers in a society where everyone does design. Manzini – one of the most acknowledged researcher in the design field – investigated this topic in his recent book (2015). At the presentation of the book, the author stressed that designers should improve the capability of people to create their own biographies.
To this end, designers can contribute by designing ‘enabling solutions’, i.e.
Low bandwidth technologies favoured sparse, formal representations of the real world: from musical notation, to line plans of buildings. With increasing storage and computing power, these will be supplanted by more detailed, "descriptive", representations that are beyond human power to directly produce and understand.
A brief comparative study comparing online design sharing platforms. Aspects considered are the main features it provides to the users, how sharing is encouraged, what licenses used and ownership and governance models of the platform.
See a summary in this blog post.
She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Design. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Design and Design Dept at Politecnico di Milano, where she is also in charge of scientific co-ordination within and between the IDEActivity Center and the BioDesign Laboratory.