egardless of the vernacular issues, the
word is been used to define any kind of necessary action, made by anyone, that would constitute an improvised solution or utilitarian object. By the
can be understood as an
alternative artifacts design
: In this sense,
way to develop a practical/functional solution. In other words, a process thatdevelops an object in a spontaneous way - based on an instantaneous
, inspired by a particularneed or disposable material resource, providing the constitution of a material solution in an improvised way. These relations get us to comprehend the
as a parallel paradigm, which takes place fromthe limits and impacts provided by the industrial model of production and consumption. If the
activity is not defined by the “styling”, but actually, by the development of artifacts (industrial or not),then essentially,
. The differences depend on each context,like the used technology, the methods, the infrastructure involved (factory, people, equipment, raw material, etc), the industrial process, its politics, and some corporative targets as “why produce”, “for whom”, and “for what”.
he intention of relate the terms
induce us into a
about values,myths, and meanings; the contributions and the consequences of the objects in the composition of theculture and the development of the post-modern society. The
involves topics aboutdesigning artifacts and the rescue of the social role of the design activity. It talks about post-use;innovation and sustainability; the garbage problem and the value of some disposed materials; thenecessity, creativity and solution process; the idiosyncrasy and the specific needs reality. It also involvesa small analysis of the Brazilian culture, and what this simple model of life has to say to the world.
" issue: Alternative ways to develop artifacts and its relations to the product design (Aquestão da
: Formas alternativas de desenvolver artefatos e suas relações com o design deprodutos) is a research theme created by Rodrigo Boufleur (firstname.lastname@example.org) in 1999 at his
graduation course in São Paulo, Brazil. It was presented as a Post-graduation Master of ScienceThesis in September 2006 in the
University of São Paulo
* This document was implemented in the digital version of the Rodrigo Boufleur’s thesis (2006), withthe intention to provide international access and understanding of its main topics.