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Hybrid design: combining craft and digital practice


Bernabei, R and Power, J, Hybrid design: combining craft and digital practice, Craft Research, 9, (1) pp. 119-134. ISSN 2040-4689 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1386/crre.9.1.119_1


Digital fabrication technologies are transforming disciplines and their practices. It is now the norm for a product designer to undertake almost the entire design process, from creation to fabrication, using digital means. Yet, at the same time, traditional crafts are experiencing a resurgence, and craft outputs are valued in a world filled with cheap mass-produced artefacts. There are now an increasing number of design practitioners and researchers investigating how to merge traditional craft practices, forms and qualities with those of digital fabrication. This shift is leading to a new paradigm of digital craft that is influencing design narratives and practices. This collaborative, cross-disciplinary article, written from within the disciplines of interior design and product design, will provide a case study of one of the author’s product design practice outputs that reflects on the process of designing for both craft and digital fabrication. The resulting designs constitute a new form of hybrid materiality that applies a design model developed by the authors. This design model is called ‘user-completion’ and is situated at the intersection between craft, mass-customization, and mass-manufacture. The user-completion model provides a framework for designers to engage users in the making process by personalizing and completing their products. The case study explores how the user-completion model is contributing to the redefining of craft through the use of digital manufacturing technologies within design disciplines.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:digital fabrication, craft, product narrative, additive processes, user-completion
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Design
Research Field:Industrial and product design
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Other manufacturing
Objective Field:Other manufacturing not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Power, J (Dr Jacqueline Power)
ID Code:125862
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2018-05-10
Last Modified:2019-09-09

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