In his recent book Chris Anderson explores the potential of the web in the making of design success and includes the line, "We are all designers now. It's time to get good at it." In Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, Anderson argues that sharing knowledge, ideas and skills with a community online will create a new platform for designers to get their products right and to solve problems otherwise dealt with offline. So, on the back of 3D printing technologies the next phase for design can move to the digital realm almost completely. So where does that leave the traditions of craftsmanship? Think furniture makers like Giorgetti and Glas Italia and Edra (pictured). Time will tell but for now the centuries old skills of blowing glass and shaping timber are still beyond the scope of 3D printing.
Read the book review by Michael Roth for the Huffington Post here.