It’s a book

NOW 100% OPEN !

Open Design Now is published as a book, and available for sale since June 2 2011. Since then content was gradually made available for free until 12-12-2012. Now all content is available here, usable for free under a creative commons license.

Design is undergoing a revolution. Technology is empowering more people to create and disseminate designs, and professionals and enthusiasts are using it to share their work with the world. Open design is changing everything from furniture to how designers make a living.

Open Design Now: Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive surveys this emerging field for the first time. Insiders including John Thackara, Droog Design’s Renny Ramakers and Bre Pettis look at what’s driving open design and where it’s going. They examine new business models and issues of copyright, sustainability and social critique. Case studies show how projects ranging from the RepRap self-replicating 3D-printer to $50 prosthetic legs are changing the world.

Open Design Now is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of design and society.

Open Design Now is a production of Premsela Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, Waag Society and Creative Commons Netherlands in association with BIS Publishers and will appear in bookshops in May.

“Openness is more than a commercial and cultural issue. It’s a matter of survival.” John Thackara

Bas van Abel
Roel Klaassen
Lucas Evers
Peter Troxler

Visual Concept and Design
Hendrik-Jan Grievink

BIS publishers, Amsterdam

Available June 2011

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