Get ready for a near future in which algorithms will become partners in your design studio.

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Anticipating a culture of small scale, distributed manufacturing, the workshop envisions a scenario in which people receive not software suggestions, but material artifacts that anticipate their daily needs. Over a period of 3 months, three families will play host to three networked 3D printers that ‘print’ artifacts meant to aid families in their daily practices. During the 3 months, participants in the final workshop will use readings from families’ calendars in order to design objects for the families, which will then be sent over the Internet to the 3D printers. During the workshop, participants will discuss, evaluate and create new design concepts in light of the diaries families are asked to maintain about their experiences with these unusual material artifacts.

Workshop Organisers

elisa

Prof. Dr. Elisa Giaccardi is Chair of Interactive Media Design at Delft University of Technology, where she leads the Connected Everyday Lab.

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Prof. Dr. Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where he co-directs the Design Informatics Research Centre. He is also a Design United Research Fellow at Delft University of Technology.