Open Design Now

Competition: five copies of Open Design Now to be won

Competition: we've teamed up with Dutch design organisation Premsela to offer readers a chance to win one of five copies of Open Design Now: Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive.

The book by Creative Commons Netherlands, Premsela and Waag Society examines the effect of 3D printers, accessible software and publicly-available blueprints on design and consumerism.

Due to be released next month, the book contains 15 essays by thinkers, designers and businesspeople, plus case-studies and a visual index.

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will chair a panel discussion with experts in the field at the launch during DMY Berlin next week.

The talk takes place at 17.00 on Thursday 2 June at Planet Modulor, Moritzplatz 1 Kreuzberg, Berlin.

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Open Design Now: Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive

Essential book on the future of design and society to come out on 2 June

Design is undergoing a revolution. New technologies like 3D printers and accessible software mean anyone can be a designer today. Professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike are using open design – the creation of products using publicly available blueprints and instructions – to share their work with the world. Consumers are designing cars, restaurants, even prosthetic legs. Open design is changing everything from furniture-making and education to the way designers earn a living. That’s why Creative Commons Netherlands, the Premsela Dutch design and fashion institute, and Waag Society have compiled Open Design Now, coming out on Thursday 2 June from BIS Publishers.

The book sheds light on the new movement and makes one thing clear: design cannot remain exclusive.

Open design empowers individuals as “part of a growing possibilitarian movement,” giving us “all the instruments to become the one-man factory,” Marleen Stikker argues in an introduction to the Open Design Now. Academics such as philosophy professor Jos de Mul, designers like Joris Laarman, and professionals including John Thackara and Bre Pettis look at what’s driving open design and where it’s going. They examine new business models and issues of copyright, sustainability, education and social critique.

Along with 15 essays by thinkers, designers and businesspeople, the book features case studies showing how projects varying from the RepRap self-replicating 3D-printer to $50 Fab Lab prosthetic legs are changing the world. And the Visual Index uses hundreds of images to illustrate aspects of open design from activism and copyright to co-creation and recycling.

As John Thackara puts it, “Openness is more than a commercial and cultural issue. It’s a matter of survival.”

Open Design Now is essential reading for designers, businesspeople, decisionmakers, students and anyone concerned with the future of design and society.

Book Launch Open Design Now - DMY Berlin - Thursday 2 June 2011

Open Design Now; Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive will be launched internationally during DMY International Design Festival Berlin, on the 2nd of June.

Host is Marcus Fairs, one of the most influential and knowledgeable figures on the international architecture and design scene. He is founder and editor-in-chief of and author of the books Twenty-First Century Design and Green Design. Fairs will give his view on open design and discuss the implications and the meaning of open design with authors and editors of the book:

Ronen Kadushin (designer), Michelle Thorne (Mozilla), Tommi Laitio (Domus), Marleen Stikker (Waag Society), Jürgen Neumann (Ohanda), Gabrielle Kennedy (, Bas van Abel (Waag Society), Roel Klaassen (Premsela), Lucas Evers (Creative Commons) and Hendrik-Jan Grievink (designer of the book)

You can join the book launch of Open Design Now at Berlin’s new creative hub, Planet Modulor. Of course drinks and music will be open source too!

Open Design Now is the result of a collaboration between Creative Commons Netherlands, Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, and Waag Society, Institute for Art, Science & Technology.

Thursday 2 June
17.00 – 19.30 hr
Doors open at 16.30 hr

Planet Modulor
Moritzplatz 1
Kreuzberg, Berlin


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Congratulations to the winners: Stephanie Christofi in Cyprus, Lucia Trujillo in Spain, Pierre Hagerlund in Sweden, Baran Tigrel in Turkey and Klaas Twietmeyer in Germany won copies of Open Design Now.