Ryland Bishop
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COBBLER

Master of Graphic Design 

North Carolina State University, College of Design

2016

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


Research Methods:

Timeline

Investigation of Production Methods:

3D Print - Process

3D Print - Process

3D Scan - Physical

3D Scan - Physical

Processing Manipulation

Processing Manipulation

3D Print - Digital

3D Print - Digital

3D Scan - process

3D Scan - process

Processing Manipulation - Process

Processing Manipulation - Process

3D Print - Physical

3D Print - Physical

3D Scan - Digital

3D Scan - Digital

Processing Fabrication Example

Processing Fabrication Example

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. 

Design Charrette:

Supplies

Supplies

Process

Process

Final

Final

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.


Prototype:

User-Journey / Conceptual Framework

Product Lineage

Product Lineage

Community Influence

Fabrication Technique

Fabrication Technique

Community Influence Comparison

Community Influence Comparison