DS 80-3 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 3: Organisation and Management, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15

Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Marco Cantamessa, Gaetano Cascini, Dorian Marjanovic, Francesca Montagna
Author: Affonso, Claudia Andressa Cruz; Amaral, Daniel Capaldo
Series: ICED
Institution: University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Section: Design Organisation and Management
Page(s): 447-456
ISBN: 978-1-904670-66-7
ISSN: 2220-4334


The open source design (OSD) is an autonomous community dedicated to design new products, peer-to-peer, and with intellectual property copyleft. Boundary Objects (BOs) are objects to aid on the collaboration and they are used as mediators between the proposals and the repertory of each team member. This concept is consolidated on the tangible world of participatory design, but what about the digital world? How the BO had been used in Open Source Design Communities? This study aimed to investigate this aspect in a specific community named Open Source Ecology (OSE). An exploratory research was realized to identify the OSE Design Phases and the main types of boundary objects used, as well the limitations of their utilization. The results identify a gap: the members of OSE indicate low usage of Boundary Objects but considered them as essential for collaboration. The low usage was justified by complexity. The creation of prototypes or mock-ups would require more design skills than is possible for regular user; finally, the study demonstrates an indication that the proposition and use of specific BOs for OSE is a theme that must be addressed by the design management community.

Keywords: Participatory Design, Open Source Design, Design Management.

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