Since 2012 Waag Society and Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) are working together to develop an Open Design Minor. Open design is the development of physical products, machines and systems through use of publicly shared design information. The process is supported by e.g. 3D printing and open source hardware. Read more in our book Open Design Now. In September 2013 the minor has started at WdKA with a group of graduate students from various disciplines.
In the first quarter, students are introduced to Open Design principles and possibilities. Students work on a downloadable exhibition in which they make their own interpretations of works from the Boijmans van Beuningen museum. The second quarter focuses on Open Design in the context of social innovation. Open Design will be deployed as an approach to solve complex problems. The central design issue comes from the practice of Waag Society.
Want to join the Open Design Minor?
In the minor you can discover what the new field Open Design means to you as a designer. You will be working with appealing design assignments and discover what opportunities open workshops such as FabLabs offer. In an intensive program of six years of research you what position / role you can take in Open Design and how in an open environment can develop your authorship.