He started his own open source project, ShiftSpace.org,inspired by open source world of software. but no designers followed him.
DON’T DESIGNERS KNOW HOW GREATFREE COLLABORATION CAN BE? ARE THEY TOO AFRAID OF TRYING? DO THEY JUST NEED A HELPING HAND? OR IS THEPROBLEM THAT WHAT WORKS FOR CODE JUST DOESN’T REALLY TRANSLATE INTO THE DESIGN PROCESS?
Many discussions confused sharing withcollaboration, or were trying to advocate the use of open graphics software for purely ideological reasons.More pragmatic way of open design?
He started a class at Parson School for Design, with the warning: “In this class, we’re going to explore the possibilities of Open Source Design whilelearning HTML, CSS & WordPress theming. However, I should warn you that I don’thave much experience in HTML & CSS, andI will practically be learning WordPress for the ﬁrst time along with you guys.”
The first assignment was ‘The Tutorial’.The students made (non-digital) tutorials on such topics as‘How to curve a football’, ‘A recipe for banana bread’, ‘DIY 3D glasses’, ‘Finding an Apartment in NY(Without Paying a Broker)’ and ‘How to Sell Multiple Pairs of Shoes’
Then, he made a platform for students toshare their knowledge and code while they learn HTML, CSS and WordPress. It firstly was the mailing list, then changed to the Subversion repository system, then to Github ﬁnally.
He has managed to convince the students why free and open source content available online is relevant to themand will advance their creative work.But he has not yet managed to convince themwhy they should contribute too, why they should give back to the commons.
He understood that assigning an arbitrary contribution was the wrong way to go. The next semester: - WordPress 2.7 icon design challenge- helping their friends with making online portfolios with Indexhibit - posting their contributions on the class blog and on the Indexhibit forums. But aren’t they still altruistic? The students probably were not actually planning to use after the class ended.
The next semester:- write the kind of tutorials that they would have liked to find for themselves.They focused on CSS and WordPress, and not only about technical side but also about design. And they received thank youcomments from random users on the web.
But their ‘sharing’ just has been happening post mortem to the creative act? Interface linguistics like ‘text’?“For better or worse, both visual and behavioral languages are not confined within such rigid structures.Ironically, it is the openness of these languages that makes networked collaboration harder.”