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Participate

Designing with User-Generated Content

By Helen Armstrong and Zvezdana Stojmirovic, foreword by Ellen Lupton

160 pp;
Paperback
October 2011
ISBN 9781616890254
ISBN10 1616890258

SKU# 9781616890254

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Creativity is no longer the sole territory of the designer and other creative professionals. Amateurs are drawn to websites such as Flickr, Threadless, WordPress, YouTube, Etsy, and Lulu, approaching design with the expectation that they will fill in the content.
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Participate

Creativity is no longer the sole territory of the designer and other creative professionals. Amateurs are drawn to websites such as Flickr, Threadless, WordPress, YouTube, Etsy, and Lulu, approaching design with the expectation that they will fill in the content. Never has user-driven design been easier for the public to generate and distribute. How will such a fundamental shift toward bottom-up creation affect the design industry? Designing for Participatory Culture considers historical and contemporary models of making that provide ideas for harnessing user-generated content through participatory design. The authors discuss how designers can lead the new breed of widely distributed amateur creatives rather than be overrun by them. DPC challenges designers to transform audiences into users, and completed layouts into open-ended systems. The book opens with an introductory essay entitled 'Ceding Control,' which explores the general concept of participatory culture and the resulting emergence of systems-oriented models of co-creation. Four chapters Modularity, Flexibility, Community, and Technology explore the various approaches to participatory design through critical essays, case studies, and interviews with leading designers in the field.

 

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160 pp;
Paperback
October 2011
ISBN 9781616890254
ISBN10 1616890258
Helen Armstrong is a graphic designer and an educator. She has taught and lectured at the University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee, University of Maryland, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently, she is an assistant professor of graphic design at Miami University. She has an MA in English literature, an MA in Publications Design and an MFA in graphic design. In addition to teaching, Armstrong also works as principal and creative director of her company, Strong Design. Her design work for such clients as Sage College of Albany, USInternetworking, and New College of Florida has won regional and international awards. Her work has been included in numerous publications in the United States and the United Kingdom, including How International Design Annual, The Complete Typographer, and The Typography Workbook. Her first book, Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field, came out in spring 2009.
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