© Jessica Barness
Economic limitations and a need for collaboration are potential roadblocks to creating and implementing positive
change. For this project, researchers, organizations and designers were identified as groups seeking to improve
life through discovery, advancements and dealing with complex issues. Interdesign, a website prototype, offers a
way to make good things happen by simply providing a means for these three groups to connect.
Building on a social networking model, Interdesign advocates the brokering of ‘positive change’ services through an alternative economic system. Participants are invited to post an online request for collaboration and search for opportunities. ‘Payment’ for design services may consist of trading goods/services, donations, grant funding or even academic course fees. The streamlined interface concept is intended to provide users with an accessible, enjoyable online experience.
As its name suggests, Interdesign gives design a primary focus. Designers have the ability to shape messages, causes and ideas; taking on roles beyond finished products (i.e., logos, posters, etc), design expertise can become a sustaining part of a project’s entire life cycle.
Barness, J. S. (2013). Interdesign. In S. McCarthy’s The Designer As... Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating. Amsterdam: BIS Publishing. (p. 161-162).