Open design by Xuan Zheng @ 2012
Can any task be done better but by using less? Can we live happier more fulfilled lives by not constantly seeking more?It was Ezra Pound who said, “Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.” Indeed, how has the developed world become trapped in a positive-feedback loop where the only way ahead is to produce, consume and dispose of ever more of the world’s finite resources? And what about the irony of the developed world infecting the developing world with its values so that, for example, bicycle-dependent cultures such as China and India are rapidly becoming car-desiring cultures while European cities are investing heavily to persuade their inhabitants to abandon cars in favour of bicycles? One does not need to be Lord Stern to realize that the world’s headlong pursuit of more for everyone can only end in tears. There is not enough to go around, so we had better stop creating more and start creating less that is better.
»Open design« showed a kind of creative thinking base on discovering the sensations of ordinary stuffs, and try to design by redesign.In the part of 'From flat to things', design base only on flat material and supply different kind of sustainable daily smart ideas to DIY a product. 'From old to new things' supply ideas by nearly design nothing, but change a view of ordinary stuffs. Sometimes rediscover and precious at what we have already is better then greedy unnecessary things. The interview part, stories from four famous designers of germany show their design value about open design.This reflective thinking as designers nowadays try to give profound hope that there are those in the position of modest influence who can encourage, nay implore, others to have belief in societies – Eastern and Western, developed and developing – that the pursuit of happier, more fulfilling lives can result from the most thoughtful creation of less of the very best rather than more of the worst. And when it comes to products, conceiving them to satisfy and last for much longer.