15 September 2009

Future Craft

One of the key things we do as part our research is engage in conversation with people from a range of disciplines, in an attempt to develop knowledge and understanding of craft in terms of first principles.

We'd like to extend this conversation that we've been having with you via our BLOG, and as such invite you to join the debate about Future Craft. This is part of our preparation for a futures dialogue which we are organising with Dr Glenn Adamson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, next summer (10-11 June, 2010).

11 Ways (and counting) to Consider 'Future Craft'
  • As a process that unites a range of creative endeavours
  • As human intervention within real world scenarios
  • As a vehicle for and of cultural, political and social commentary
  • As a form of radical innovation
  • As a research path concerned with intellectual experimentation
  • A discipline that mindfully respects and disrespects tradition
  • A methodology that unites the past, present and future perspectives of creative practice
  • A philosophy articulating the creation of knowledge through making
  • As a space in between established fields of enquiry
  • As aesthetic commentary
  • As a way to irritate and/or inspire people
Plus Some Ways to Consider Contemporary Craftsmanship
  • Skill honed to the 'master' level
  • A word denoting meticulous attention to detail
  • 10 000 hours of dedicated practice
  • An act of human labour
  • A practical process

Our futures dialogue with the V&A London, comes in the form of a 2-day symposium entitled, 'Prototype: craft in the future tense.'

We'll be in touch soon with more info for debate and discussion, but for now, pls follow the link.


  1. Leo Bonanni's work is of particular relevance to this debate, where he presents'Future Craft' as a "design methodology which applies emerging
    digital tools and processes to product design toward new objects that are socially and environmentally sustainable."

  2. For futher info see http://futurecraft.media.mit.edu/

  3. Formula 1 cars as a form of Craft...Yes / No?

    whichever way you prefer to think of the design...I really enjoyed the commentator's thoughts recently from the Singapore and Japanese grad prix where they were talking about F1 cars being examples of 'real time R&D' or working prototypes...