For promoting the ideas and ideology of open source design and to engage more young fashion designers for our Open Fashion Design Pop-up shop, we went yesterday to the city of Lahti to explore with students from Lahden Ammattikorkeakoulu / Lahti University of Applied Sciences the benefits and opportunities Open Design offers to local fashion designers (Image 1) but also their customers (Image 2). After a short intro-lecture on Open Design, and illustrating it with some examples from the area of fashion & clothing (Presentation PDF to download) the students were asked to think about the benefits of designing with the user, instead of only for them. In the group we enthusiastically discovered a great number of benefits which we clustered and analysed to find that benefits are found on both sides Designer and Shopper
Image 1: benefits for the fashion designers
Image 2: benefits for the shoppers
Then we went into making, to develop artifacts which could engage the shoppers to become curious and visit the shop. From the example of half-way or half-made mittens (Image 3) we went towards creating objects which are unexpected to be found in the streets, and thus create a surprise effect and nurture curiosity.
Image 3: Half-way mittens spread in the city of Lahti
The students split into two groups, of which one made slippers with an interesting detail, a pocket, where we could for example place an info flyer, to spread them ‘walking’ to the store.
Group-work designing & making a slipper
The second creative approach were earmuffs, made from an old wire and an IKEA blanket.
Group-work designing ear-warmer with wire and an IKEA blanket
All of these objects and many others will be found and shared in our Open Fashion Design Pop-up shop. So drop by and check out what we can make and design together!
Ready prototypes to be shared and made with the shoppers.