Design For Manufacture
Tutors: Alex Williams, Jo Barnard & Lea Berger
As manufacturing & distribution technologies rapidly evolve through increasingly open systems, the opportunities for smaller-scale interventions in either global & hyper-local markets abound for both corporate organisations & small entrepreneurs.
Whether prototyping for batch production, developing service touch-points, or adapting manufacturing processes for scale, the DfM platform provokes designers to explore differing conceptions of manufacturing & apply these to their work. The projects are diverse, with typical themes challenging/confronting:
• Longevity & conceptions of sustainability;
• bad domestic habits;
• inattentive eating;
• conceptions of time;
• existing approaches to interactive gameplay;
• the lack of interplay in online concert experiences;
• the laxity of the home-office; &
• the politics of those offices we’ve recently returned to .
In each instance, students aim to develop pre-production prototypes providing proof-of-concept, many taking these ideas forward.