Making your way with sustainable design
Prototyping with cardboard is low-cost, and eliminates expensive and environmentally damaging waste. It is also pliable, therefore ideal to play with 3D techniques and textures, such as layering, laser cutting, bending, scrunch, folding, and so on. By creation of sample prototypes, it allows the designer to see, hold and test the form and functionality of the product. Further sketching, digital design and rapid prototyping can take place to develop and perfect, prior to creating a finished, fabricated item.
The ubiquity of cardboard also democratises access of idea development through the design process, to non-designers or fabricators. Through these citizen designers, participatory practice, and new media to share process, we have potential to design for change, renewal, inspiration, disruption and to solve ‘wicked problems’, rather than trend, aesthetic and styles (Resnick, 2016).
In developing The Great and Grand Rumpus, the community has co-created, and demonstrated the process of iterative design: using cardboard to prototype and fabricate, from humble beginnings and a small idea to create large sculptures and endless possibilities.
We are always interested in what you are making and designing, so be sure to pop in and see us, or tag your creations #slqmadetoday
Resnick, E 2016, Developing citizen designers, Bloomsberry Publishing Plc, New York