Robin Weidner

Department: Social Design

‘Making things is seeing things’

What: A modular system to create templates for sawing and drilling to guide people with different skill levels in woodworking workshops.

Why: Automation, digitisation and efficiency alienate people from manufacturing processes, product value and the joy of work. Re-humanising production systems by designing open and inclusive processes of making is of utmost importance.

How: In weekly workshops in a home for the elderly participants engaged in making a construction system using the guiding templates. The group activity revealed the participants’ strong desire to be useful in society. The approach can be adapted to different professions outside woodwork, challenging capitalistic ideas and preventing the loss of sensory working activities and the exclusion of people.

“Openness and engagement are key to conscious consumption and challenging the global status quo”

Copyright Design Academy Eindhoven

Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Nicole Marnati