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