The stereotypical designer - passionately authentic, famously unbending and always in black - is newly vulnerable to the interference of amateurs. The hard-won tryst between designer, manufacturer and intellectual property rights, likewise, has few defences against the open-source spirit and an internet wherein no secrets are hid. The brave ones embrace it. While cheerful design jam-sessions of professional and amateur go on in cities and design festivals all over the developed world, nothing changes in the favelas and rural villages where necessity has always been the mother of invention.
Hacking is the interference in, or corruption of, the authorship of designers and manufacturers, usually by amateurs. It happens right there in the space between the professional and the ordinary citizen that the is interested in. So we asked Scott Burnham: is design-hacking merely an introverted chapter in the history of design, or does it reveal civic ingenuity and resourcefulness that a century and a half of industrially-fed consumerism have masked? His answer persuasively describes the evolution of hacking from the digital to the analogue world and thence, with pregnant illustration, into the civic realm of streets and municipal regulations.
Niti Bhan focuses on offering strategic insight for growth opportunities and revenue generation in the rapidly evolving interstitial space between design and business. Her 15 years of experience include employers such McCann Erickson Worldwide, Hewlett Packard India, The Second City and most recently, the Institute of Design. She is an engineer and an MBA whose most significant achievement in the field of design has been dropping out of two graduate design programs on two continents in two centuries - the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and the Institute of Design, Chicago. Her areas of interest are business intelligence and trends, business strategy as well as creating a compelling user case for design as force for increasing value.