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Hybrid design: combining craft and digital practice

Bernabei, R and Power, J ORCID: 0000-0001-5354-0842 2018 , 'Hybrid design: combining craft and digital practice' , Craft Research, vol. 9, no. 1 , pp. 119-134 .

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Digital fabrication technologies are transforming disciplines and their practices. It is now the norm for aproduct designer to undertake almost the entire design process, from creation to fabrication, using digitalmeans. Yet, at the same time, traditional crafts are experiencing a resurgence, and craft outputs are valued ina world filled with cheap mass-produced artefacts. There are now an increasing number of design practitionersand researchers investigating how to merge traditional craft practices, forms and qualities with those ofdigital 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 ofinterior design and product design, will provide a case study of one of the author’s product design practiceoutputs that reflects on the process of designing for both craft and digital fabrication. The resulting designsconstitute a new form of hybrid materiality that applies a design model developed by the authors. This designmodel is called ‘user-completion’ and is situated at the intersection between craft, mass-customization, andmass-manufacture. The user-completion model provides a framework for designers to engage users in themaking process by personalizing and completing their products. The case study explores how the user-completionmodel is contributing to the redefining of craft through the use of digital manufacturing technologieswithin design disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bernabei, R and Power, J
Keywords: digital fabrication, craft, product narrative, additive processes, user-completion
Journal or Publication Title: Craft Research
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
ISSN: 2040-4689
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Copyright 2018 Intellect Ltd Craft & Industry Report. English language.

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