The Open Source Movement and collectively thinking

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Citizen Designer : perspectives on design responsibility.

In the section titled “Artistic Responsibility” one of the articles discusses the potential for the current graphic design(er) problem. Financial markets are plummeting, unemployment is up and everyone is a designer. Although this seems like a situation that is bound to create more problems, it has inspired the graphic designer David Reinfurt to think about strength in numbers. According to Wikipedia, The Open Source Movement is an approach to the design, development, and distribution of software.

David has applied this approach to the growing problem in the design world. In his adaptation of this problem solving approach, he invites graphic designers to choose not to be offended at the notion of collective design. Using already existing graphics from .com companies that have ceased, extra graphic designers (many of which have been laid off) and reuse, take apart and re purpose the logos.

As the economy tightens up, as more and more jobs go away, now is a natural time for designers to come together.

This must be a personal decision to regard your own work not as sole proprietary, but rather to unabashedly copy other designers work . Sounds crazy right!? Well, we all do it in some way or another. It is your responsibility then to take that information and improve upon it, add to it, or shift its meaning. The work then moves onto another person who, through the same process, has a different approach. When evaluating work, you must take into account this phenomenon, where has it been? how did it get to you? why are you involved? It becomes the open-source designers responsibility to gauge the work as a collective of ideas.

I found this particularly interesting because it perfectly explains and justifies the conception of The Brush Factory. In creating this collaboration between designers in Cincinnati I hope to extinguish the notion of complete ownership of ideas. Embracing this concept will only improve and enhance one’s own ideas as well as produce a well balance studio environment when working together.

I strongly suggest this book for those of you looking for a deeper and more meaningful approach to any creative endeavor. The topics are so extremely diverse that no matter what your “profession”, it will open some doors.


One Response to “The Open Source Movement and collectively thinking”

  1. jenifer sult Says:

    Rosie, very interesting thoughts, I will look for this book and I’m glad I found your blog!

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