Best of the Blog 2010 — interviews; thoughts + opinions
For our first annual Best of the Blog series, we’ve featured digitally fabricated design eye-candy, awesome materials to spark your creativity, resources like tools, apps, and tutorials, and a lot more.
To close out our 2010 Best of the Blog, here is a round-up of the top interviews, thoughts and opinions on the future of DIY design.
This top ten list provides you with an overview of the rapidly changing landscape of people and their relationship to products.
It also touches on the big debates going on in the maker community: Do digitally fabricated goods deserve to be called “handmade”? And is it true that one day every home will have a desktop 3D printer?
And finally, a look at what the future of making holds beyond the 3D printing craze.
The term “customized” gets thrown around a lot, whether it’s a product you can design from the bottom up, a modular configuration, or simply just available in a lot of colors and sizes.
Sometimes I wonder if this whole digital fabrication thing — the blogs, the tweets, the coils of ABS, even the smell of lasercut felt — is actually taking place entirely inside the head of Bre Pettis.
I wouldn’t rule it out; he does some pretty incredible stuff.
When music and movies became widely available in digital formats, there arose sites for the free sharing of that digital content.
These private torrent trackers have caused the media industries (and I’ll just say this bluntly) to completely freak out.
So now that we are seeing physical objects available in digital formats, it’s only a matter of time before you can download a pricey, designer chair or leech some limited edition ceramics off the Internet.
This is always a fun one. Will every home one day have a 3D printer?
Some say yes. Some say no. Some say not in this lifetime. What say you?