Citizen Product Design

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Concept used by the New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/business/yourmoney/25Proto.html?


Related Concepts

  1. User-centered Innovation
  2. User Innovation Theory
  3. Co-Creation
  4. Co-Design


Examples

Michael Fitzgerald:

"Citizen product design is still unsung, but it has already become a force in software, especially gaming software. “Counter-Strike,” a player-created “mod” (for modification to the original game) of “Half-Life,” became as popular as the original game. Apache, the popular open-source Web server software, or the Firefox Internet browser, with its thousands of add-ons and plug-ins, also depend on users to develop innovations.

Burton Snowboards, for instance, grew out of modifications that Jake Burton Carpenter made to a product called the Snurfer. He added a binding for the feet so that Snurfer riders no longer had to guide it by a rope on its nose.

SawStop makes a table saw that automatically stops within five milliseconds when it comes into contact with a user’s finger or thumb. The blade leaves the user with a small nick or cut, but the digit remains intact. It was invented by Stephen Gass, a patent lawyer who liked woodworking and thought that making a table saw safer was an interesting challenge." (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/business/yourmoney/25Proto.html?)