Online Communities in the Context of Contemporary DIY:
Facilitating a Community of Makers in Digital Participatory Culture
Since the rise of Web 2.0, people have participated in online communities for a more narrowed and niche approach to purchasing goods. This participatory approach to consumption emphasizes the user, blurring the lines between consumers and vendors. Participatory markets have led to a more social process of buying and producing, therefore expanding the importance and possibilities of DIY communities.
How can the design of a digital fabrication platform facilitate a sustainable and collaborative online community of contemporary shoemakers?
•How can the design of an interface encourage relationships through co-creation?
•How can the community affirm social capital through the visualization of these relationships
Investigation of Production Methods:
These investigations analyze current methods of production within the context of digital fabrication. These studies helped determine design decisions for how users could operate potential CAD Software for the creation of products. Methods included experimentation within 3D modeling, scanning, printing, and processing.
The purpose of this method is to gain an understanding of human behavior within the process of co-creation. I selected five participants to design a pattern that could be used in the creation of a wearable garment. Each participant built off the previous design until a final collaborative design was achieved at the end of the last participant’s contribution.