Can Design By Committee Work?
The Case for Open Source Design
“Design by committee,” “too many cooks in the kitchen,” and other epithets have been used to imply that the creative process breaks down when it involves too many people. At the same time, the software world has been completely revolutionized by open source, networked collaborative processes. It is only in graphic and interaction designs—two fields critical to software development—that the open source process has yet to overtake more conventional design methods. How does networked collaboration present challenges in the creative process? How can they be solved? Can they be solved at all? Or do designers just not work well together? Mushon will address these questions in light of his own creative work as well as research done in the Open Source Design class he teaches in Parsons’ AAS Program in Graphic Design.
About Mushon Zer-Aviv:
Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, educator, and a media activist from Tel-Aviv who now lives in New York. His work explores media in public space and public space in media. In his creative research, he focuses on the perception of territory and borders and the way both are shaped through politics, culture, networks, and the World Wide Web. He is the co-founder of ShiftSpace.org, an open-source browser plug-in for annotating the web; Shual.com, a foxy design studio; YouAreNotHere.org, a dislocative tourism agency; Kriegspiel, a computer game based on Guy Debord’s Game of War; and the Tel Aviv node of the Upgrade! International network. Mushon is an honorary resident at Eyebeam, the New York based art and technology center. He teaches new media research at NYU and open-source design at Parsons The New School for Design.
About Networked Design Talks:
With the rise of the Internet we have witnessed the birth of networked culture. The effects of this transition extend far beyond the use of tools; they change the ways we communicate with each other and the ways we manage, construct, and perceive our individual and group identities. This cultural shift forces the creative industry to reexamine its use of messages, symbols, and aesthetics and to study their function within a constantly changing, networked environment. Networked Design Talks are the first step in an academic research initiative in this area undertaken by Parsons AAS Graphic Design faculty members.
Sponsored by the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design
This event will be available as streaming video as part of AMT's Streaming Culture Initiative here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/parsons-the-new-school-for-design