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Concept: DEMOCRATIC DESIGN Project website
Current trends in online technologies have pointed to a democratisation of content. Where users working together have active roles in contributing to and creating content (wikipedia.com, linux, etc). This is quite the opposite of the traditional practice of design. Where individuals are the sole arbitrator of output. This project explores the notion of democratic design. A online tool was created that allowed users to contribute to the design of a cup by modifying a shared online form. Users were restricted by how much material was used to make the cup as well by the amount of change contributed to the cup at any one time. The design phase for this cup ran for one week, at the end of that week the resulting form was produced without predjudice, beutiful, ugly, functional or not. A testament to the democratic process.