A Designer's understanding of the maker movement

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: von Platen, Vilhelm; Kitani, Yoji
Series: ICED
Institution: Kyoto Institute of Technology
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 0101-0110
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.11
ISSN: 2732-527X


The maker movement has garnered interest from many disparate fields, from engineering to business management, to behavioural science, to city planning. The reason for this interest no doubt stems from the promised potential of the maker movement to revolutionize not only product creation and manufacturing, but in extension the economy around it. This paper examines existing literature across disciplines for evidence of what the maker movement has achieved so far, with a focus on implications for the field of Industrial Design.

Keywords: Maker movement, Entrepreneurship, Collaborative design, Innovation, Industrial design

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