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FOCUS: Open-Source Design -

a quiet revolution

by Anna Stassen of www.sakurajewellery.com

Many of the computer savvy amongst us will probably have heard of, if not be using, some sort of open-source software (e.g. Firefox or Google Chrome). Simply put, this is computer software where the source-code (the programming code of the software, usually the sole preserve of the copyright holder) is made available to users to allow them to design and collaboratively develop it over the internet.

rights they waive for the benefit of others (users and other makers/ creators). There are several different types of licenses available under a Creative Commons license with varying degrees of restrictions and you can read more here:

www.creativecommons.org./about/licenses/.

This “open source” design concept has revolutionised the software development community and has led to the creation of a new breed of copyright license known as a “Creative Commons” license. Granting a Creative Commons license allows the maker/creator to communicate which rights they reserve for themselves and which

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Thanks to the creation of the Creative Commons license, open source has become synonymous with an approach to design and development that is cooperative and community-minded. As many of you already know, open source software can be downloaded and used free of charge by anyone. This user-led development approach has signalled a departure from the “one size fits

all” approach to product design and means that users are able to obtain software developed to cater to their specific needs. Interestingly, this collaborative method of design has, in recent times, spilled over into the more traditional design industries such as product design and, more specifically, furniture design.

Berlin-based designer Ronen

Kadushin has pioneered this approach to furniture design by offering everything on his website under a Creative Commons license and has even given his approach a name, “Open Design”. So, the DIY minded amongst us can download instructions, photographs and AutoCAD files (2 dimensional cut outs of designs) from Kadushin’s website and make ourselves one of his $5000 coffee tables! All Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126
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