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Aug 18, 2015 12:38 PM ET

Archived: FixShop: forms part of a wider social project to encourage people to solve everyday problems through design

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 18, 2015



FixShop forms part of a wider social project – Fixperts, conceived by Daniel Charny at Kingston – to encourage people to solve everyday problems through design. The approach, also being trialed across Europe, gives individuals the insight & confidence to find solutions for themselves & others. FixShop is unique in its high street prescence & accessibility, demonstrating how Open Design benefits users & communities, ranging from broken household goods (supporting sustainability) to innovations for those excluded economically or through physical & mental difference/disability.
Part of a wider return to fixing/hacking products, rather than replacing them – a trend that is countering the commercial culture of obsolescence – it supports frugal & ‘long tail’ innovation in which seemingly con-commercial ideas (having small markets) have the potential to reach millions via the internet, & exploits the growing availability of Makerspaces to form a powerful tool for social & design change

What we’ll do:

  • FixShop will enable people to find solutions to & ‘fix’ problems within their environment via a panel of designers
  • Solutions will be archived & disseminated via the internet to enable others to access these fixes
  • The approach will be made available to local schools to enable them to adapt the approach

Why it’s a great idea:

Kingston University is a keen proponent of ‘thinking through making’; we believe fixing is the future, a design process that drives innovation, encouraging creativity & resourcefulness, & creating content that encourages people to use the power of fixing to solve everyday problems & share this knowledge to inspire new fixes.

How we’ll get it done:

  • We have agreed rights to the use of the approach from Fixperts, & access to their archive
  • We have assembled a group of partners that have already informed the project, including RBK & Kingston University
  • We have access to a wide skill base through staff, students & craftspeople at the Faculty of Art, design & Architecture
  • We will use a high footfall unit in the centre of Kingston, & reach out to communities via social & broadcast media
Contact Information:

Alex Williams

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