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  • The practical maker: investigating the definitions and requirements of and exploring the motivations behind bespoke making.

Phillips, Robert, silve, sarah and Baurley, Sharon, 2013, Conference or Workshop, The practical maker: investigating the definitions and requirements of and exploring the motivations behind bespoke making. at Crafting the Future, Gothernburg, April 17th - 19th.

Abstract or Description:

This paper reports on a study using cultural probes to investigate the definitions of making amongst groups of hobbyists. It examines communities of enthusiasts who regularly make tools and equipment for their activities and explores examples of things made and practical problems solved in order to gain insights, opinions, circumstances and motivations from them. The study included over 60 participants from mixed demographic backgrounds with diverse types of hobbies and levels of ability. The access to commercial manufacturing processes has been lowered through systems and spaces known under the term ‘open design’. Open design has enabled users to make bespoke products with a higher quality output through to the use of digital fabrication.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 14:39
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 14:39
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1863

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