On 16th December, we had a panel discussion. Our topic is ‘Crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and the maker movement within the creative industries.’
To be honest, I didn’t understand ‘maker movement’ at all at first. Yet after researching, I found it is an extremely interesting trend.
In the past, resources were owned by big enterprises, so people didn’t have enough ability to create their own products. However, handcraft always exists. Which means, humans have the nature to create something which satisfies our individual needs.
Nowadays, the amount of people who prefer creating stuff by hands are increasing.
Makerspace provides a place for makers. In fact, we did role play for the panel discussion. My role was a 34 year old lady who runs a makerspace, where 3D printer, laser cutter, digital fabrication are provided. In terms of makerspace, the only one that I have visited is Unlimited Lab in London (I also wrote a blog about the experience there)
The concept of ‘user centre’, ’sustainability’, ‘customising’ are accepted by makers. They tend to create their stuff which really meet users’ needs, instead of making products which costumers desire but they don’t need. For me, this point is the biggest difference between ‘user’ and ‘buyer’. It is a fact that we consume the resources too much. In traditional business, the costs of making product and the price for it are lower. However, if one part of the product broken, it won’t work anymore (and you can’t find the component to replace!) Then, the customers are supposed to buy a whole new product again. Sometime we even throw our workable stuffs away, just because the designs are too old or there is no space in our house for them.
Personally, I am happy to see this trend wax and prosper. As we mentioned on panel discussion, we believe that ‘cooperation’ between tradition and new trend will benefit more people. Makers use makerspaces for creating prototypes, and vice versa, makerspaces also need makers to function. For existing big companies, maker movement provides another side of thought and creativity. Makers might also have a chance to reach mass production through big enterprises. After all, our society is built base on cooperation.