Open & Distributed + Design & Production, theme: Design strategies for enabling indie designers and makers.

 

Designers’ practices have constantly evolved in the last two centuries, and during the last decades new design and production paradigms have emerged, transforming the discipline from processes developed exclusively by professionals to processes where users have an increasingly important and active role. The digitization of society, the democratization of technology, the personalization of production and the gradual opening of the design practice are emerging phenomena that generate a new scenario in which the processes of creation, production and distribution of goods and services is undergoing profound changes

We especially welcome proposals that addresses existing criticalities of the Open & Distributed Design & Production phenomenon and their connections with Strategic Design: how these criticalities impact over Strategic Design, and how could Strategic Design impact over them?

We suggest these strands for the discussion of Open & Distributed Design & Production:

– Opening Design & Opening Production:

Open and collaborative processes are spreading in production of goods and services. Practices and modalities for value production based on shared resources and active collaboration between diverse stakeholders are growing in diverse fields. From software and information production (with commons-based p2p production) to the consumer sector, (collaborative consumption) to the public service field (co-creation of services) to social innovation and sustainability (collaborative services and product-service systems). This strand aims at exploring how design can support open and collaborative practices and which impact they could have on boosting a local economy generating resilience.

– Platforms for opening design & production:  Open and collaborative processes are spreading in production of goods and services. Practices and modalities for value production based on shared resources and active collaboration between diverse stakeholders are growing in diverse fields. From software and information production (with commons-based p2p production) to the consumer sector, (collaborative consumption) to the public service field (co-creation of services) to social innovation and sustainability (collaborative services and product-service systems). This strand aims at exploring open and collaborative practices of value generation understanding how design can support them and which impact they could have on boosting a local economy generating resilience.

– Factories for opening design & production:  Fab Labs, Hackerspaces, Living Labs but also public libraries offering production facilities; infrastructures for prototyping and supporting local production are spreading, as facilities where open access to technology and collaboration between participants lowers the threshold for making things and testing activities and initiatives. The aim of this strand is to discuss how these infrastructures could become more effective in supporting local forms of production and experimentation.

– Design for “indie” innovation:  The democratization of design (from open source design to the designer as a “mass profession”) linked to the rise of DIY culture generates a new scenario for the development of design processes which have very different characteristics from the traditional ones. This strand aims at exploring these new design process related to the autonomous development of new product-service system that can be produced on-demand and on-site; the regeneration/refurbishing and upgrade of products and technologies; and the creative repair and/or hacking.

New independent actors are emerging in economic, the nature of organizations is evolving in a hybrid direction, design and R&D processes become less hierarchical and more collaborative, user are changing the relationship with products-services systems. In this perspective, the influence and contribution of disciplines such as marketing – traditionally very “close” to strategic design – seems now less relevant as well as the extreme attention on brand identity and appearance. But strategic design is and remains a disciplinary field that highly stimulates individuals and organizations to think, work and act adopting a systemic perspective and a holistic view. For this reason, this special issue of SDRJ wants to thus gather contributions that explore what and (overall) how strategic design has been could and/or should evolve its own patrimony of approaches, methodologies and tools to operate and innovate in emerging contexts of open and distributed design.

Furthermore, we also suggest to investigate the above themes, with the perspective of Strategic Design, focusing on the social, political, legal, environmental and economic issues especially through critical trends such as unemployment, automation, democracy, decentralization, decolonization, gender issues, sustainability, circular economy, degrowth, anthropocene, post-humanism, techno-evangelism, techno-determinism and so on. Proposals on different strands, issues and trends that explore the criticalities of Open & Distributed Design & Production with the perspective of Strategic Design are very much welcomed.

Schedule

Launch of the call for papers: May 19th, 2018

Full paper due: September 16th, 2018

Notification of Review results: November 6th, 2018

Deadline for submission of the final version: December 10th, 2018

Final acceptance: January 15th, 2019

Publication: May 1st, 2019

Submission guidelines

  1. Manuscripts must be prepared using the guidelines found at the Submission page (http://revistas.unisinos.br/index.php/sdrj/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions).
  2. The manuscript must be written in English.
  3. Previously published articles will not be accepted. Submitted articles must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else. The publication of the article is subjected to the previous approval of the journal’s Editorial Board, as well as to peer review made by, at least, two reviewers using the double blind review process.
  4. Manuscripts must be sent through the journal’s online submission system. You have to register in the platform in order to submit your article: http://revistas.unisinos.br/sdrj

More information about the Open & Distributed + Design & Production are avaliable here

If you have questions regarding the submission process, contact the journal at periodicos@unisinos.br