My last post discussed some early thinking on the implications of Design 2.0. A notion that might just revolutionize the design process much like web 2.0 looks to change the connections we make on line.
There is an interesting piece at the fastcompany.com design blog about product design from the 1970s and 1980s that also could qualify as social media. It is written by Rob Tannen and discusses his research for an upcoming book and now an even better new website called Deconstructing Product Design.
“These seminal products provided technology that enabled sharing pictures, music, and ideas–in other words, social media. Like Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and other relatively recent Web 2.0 applications, these pre-digital products also enabled real-time (or near real-time) distribution and sharing of individual experiences.”
Of course the scale of the web, allowing you to interact with hundreds or thousands or heck even millions of people, far exceeds the Walkman’s capability of sharing a music cassette with a few friends, but the concept certainly is the same.
It’s a little disconcerting that we need to be reminded about sharing, as if we had forgotten the concept. I am not a cultural anthropologist, but I suspect somewhere in some blog, or seminar, or graduate course, those who study these things are having fun with the notion that the web invented sharing.
Seems to me its pretty fundamental.