The mission of Waag Society’s Open Design Lab is to empower people to make and understand products and processes, for more transparency. We develop tools to access knowledge and we open up the means of production, for better distribution. And we create community platforms for sharing, for improved collaboration.
The world around is changing. Imagine the principles of the internet (social, open and distributed) determining design and production processes. It is already happening. To make open design possible, not only online community platforms and open access to technology are necessary, but also open licenses that allow guaranteed sharing of knowledge and ideas.
Open Design will change the roles and responsibilities of the designer & user, it will change industrialization processes and create new business opportunities. Design will not remain exclusive. Waag Society, in collaboration with Creative Commons Netherlands, Premsela and the Dutch Fablabs, has established the Open Design programme, in which we organize activities aimed at generating interest in open design, develop tools and set up license systems to research and facilitate open design.
One of the spin-offs from this collaboration is the Open Design Contest. We collaborated to publish the first publication on Open Design called 'Open Design Now. Why design cannot remain exclusive'. Other initiative were FaiPhone and the Instructables Restaurant.
Open Design Lab is made possible by a subsidy from the Creative Industries Fund NL.