Beyond Sharing: Open Source Design - Friday 11. Feb, 19h

We are very happy to have Mushon and Galia around and hear their presentation at Open Design City this friday starting at 19:00h.

And this is what it will be about:

What are the challenges for the collaborative design process?

"Design by committee", “too many cooks in the kitchen” and other terms have been used derogatively to imply that the creative process breaks when it involves too many individuals. At the same time, the software world has been completely revolutionized by the open source, networked collaborative process. When it comes to graphic and interaction designs (two fields critical to software development) Open Source software seem to lag behind the more conventional production models. It seems like in design the Open Source community have not managed to nourish robust collaboration models. One could argue that even successful free software design projects like Firefox or Ubuntu are often developed in a more traditional process. What are the challenges of networked collaboration in the creative process? Can and how might they be solved? Or is it just that designers don’t like to work together?

Mushon would be raising these questions through several examples and together with Galia Offri would also be introducing Wikipedia Illustrated, the project they just launched at Transmediale 2011.

Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, an educator and a media activist based in NY & Tel Aviv. His work involves media in public space and public space in media. He explores the borders of collaborative models as they are redrawn through politics, design and networks. He is the co-founder of – a foxy design studio; – an Open Source layer above any website; – a tour of Gaza through the streets of Tel Aviv; Kriegspiel – a computer game version of the Situationist Game of War; the Collaborative-Futures.orgUpgrade international network. Mushon is an honorary resident at Eyebeam – an art and technology center in New York. He has been teaching new media research at NYU and Open Source design at Parsons the New School of Design and in Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem. He blogs at collaboratively authored book; and the Tel Aviv node of the

Extra links:

Wikipedia Illustrated

Lightning talk at Wordcamp 2009 (NYC)

The Case For Open-Source Design: Can Design By Committee Work? (article at Smashing Magazine)

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