Re-Assessment of the Crafted Means of Production in Industrial Design

DS 78: Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14), Design Education and Human Technology Relations, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 04-05.09.2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Author: Caro del Castillo Hernandez, Jorge Andres; Berg, Arild
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
Section: Ethics and Emotions
Page(s): 467-472
ISBN: 978-1-904670-56-8


This paper discusses the ways in which a reassessment of the crafted means of production could help provide the workers in the production segments of the design industry with improved conditions and greater credit for their work. With this, it is planned that crafted products would be more open and accessible for the general public. Results from the literature review were compared with the opinions and ideas of experts in the field. The results revealed that the desire to improve the conditions of production workers is, and has been an essential theme in the industry. However, the conditions of the production workforce have remained unchanged due to the existing production system. To generate a sense of value in the production labour force it is necessary to reassess the production system. Ideas related to crafted and local production can facilitate this change.

Keywords: Ethics, craftsmanship, labour force, production processes, industrial arts


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