PAGE, T., 2016. The emergence of open-source technology in industrial and product design education. International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes, 6(1), Forthcoming.
The use of open-source technology in design has increased tremendously over the past few years and there has been some argument as to the legitimacy of the use of open-source technology (OST) in industrial and product design education. The aim of this research was to investigate whether product and industrial design students should learn to use open-source technology as part of their undergraduate studies. The research methods comprised interviews and questionnaire survey with practicing designers and design students. The findings were analysed and discussed in relation to the growth in the application of open-source technology in commercial and educational settings. Practical implications of this work could enable non-specialists consumers who take on the task of creating their own products from scratch, and then marketing the design to others to make revenue for themselves.