Co-Creation

Co-creation is a social method where different stakeholders come together in raising issues for problem identification, discussion and design decisions. The designer takes on the role of researcher, facilitator and process manager. With many fields of expertise and experience coming together the results of such participatory activity can often be much richer and nuanced than what the individual designer could have achieved on their own. The egalitarian nature of collective creativity allows all participants to feel involved in the design process, often leading them to be more emotionally invested in the final outcome.

Contributor: Swathi Madike, 2013
MELBOURNE MUSEUM

The First People exhibition at Melbourne Museum is an excellent example of co-creation involving extensive community consultations and co-curation with a group of Indigenous elders, the Yulendj. This ensured the content remained true to Indigenous Australian culture, whilst also being accessible to the wider multicultural Melbourne audience. The exhibition went beyond historical portrayals, positioning the Yulendj culture as a current practice, and in doing so restores an element of our country's identity.

Contributor: Swathi Madike, 2013
BINNEN 30 MINUTEN

The Binnen 30 minuten project aimed to aggregate ideas for improving the city of Amsterdam, "all in under 30 minutes". It included a map on which 700 citizens shared their aspirations and potential improvements, however the online portal proved limiting. . The quality of information was compromised for quantity and convenience of the participant.

Contributor: Swathi Madike, 2013