It's easy to be at cross-purposes when collaborating if you don't have the same assumptions about the limits you're designing within. At Public Lab, we encourage accessibility and equity in projects. But how does this more specifically guide our design work?
We often work to ensure:
- low cost
- low complexity
- easily reproducible (Do-It-Yourself, open source)
- easily modifiable
But what else? And what are strategies to better embody these values when we build things?
I love this page on the CLEAR website, posted by @maxliboiron:
(there's more detail on the post itself -- read the whole thing!)
These resonate strongly with me, and I especially appreciate the articulation of equity and its relationship to material design choices.
We've often made choices (such as a DVD in our spectrometry kits of using every-day, easy to find materials so as not to bottleneck or limit peoples' ability to reproduce designs, and are trying to do this in terms of means of production as well. For example, there are great opportunities to lasercut or 3d-print things, but who has access to those tools? Is there an alternative way around them if they're not available?
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