After more than 10 years of development, Open Design is no longer an underground hypothesis, but a real strategy that designers, companies and design institutions are increasingly embracing. Even so, many aspects of Open Design still need to be developed, tested and defined, making the future of Open Design still open.
This openness is what is making Open Design very promising, a global concept with local and distributed adaptations: not only Open Design projects can be modified and customized, but the same processes and systems behind such projects can be designed and modified in order to fit the specific needs of each locality. There is no single format, business model, system or organization model for Open Design at the moment, and this fact lets Open Design to be adopted and used in a different way in each locality. Designers are increasingly focusing on the systems that enable Open Design projects, which can be designed and developed with design tools and processes and tools and processes from other fields by working on the metadesign level.
How can we organize Open Design initiatives? What are the processes behind Open Design? How can we understand the participation of a community in an Open Design project? What about the business models of Open Design?