Is the spectacular sign of new generation of industrial revolution like what UK have done 300 years ago? The cute and tiny toy-like computer, Raspberry Pi has been sold out, nearly over 1,000,000 units before its first anniversary in February,although the creators just dreamed that it might reach sales of 10,000. Perhaps, like Google, Eric Schmitz says in this interview this conception applied platform-based artefact seems to be very successful. This UK made small and tiny, but open, hackable, educational, and adaptable artefact offer significant implications to us, which means that almost all artefact we use will be underway in this platform like artefacts, regardless of hardware and software. So far, we have never thought that such complex artefacts could be dominated by the public like us, but this open toy like computer not only gives us opportunities to expand our computing life, but also shift our old industrial perspectives that large firms have dominated all those market. This will be perhaps achievable to reach the economics of scale in new generation of digital age. (please, explain this in economist view further). We can play even this complex computer like enjoying Lego brick and this type of computer will expand and make our life much affluent, by creating our artefacts for our necessities. How will the platform to be used be defined for those life, and what is the role of the company that used to focus on large size manufacturing? Perhaps, for companies, those which are able to design most compatible platform with other artefacts(either hardware or software, or both two) will be the winner in the future artificial worlds, like Lego brick done.
Lesson from Lego Story
When we design our artifact we need to consider how we approach to design of the artifact. Sometimes we lost our own chances that can be take for granted because of our readily changed environment in relation to our money, competitors, and our own stereotypes in our head. But sometimes, we should consider about our business by taking time ,and the product that we design have to be based on much systemic grounding in long term perspectives.
Since all businesses are always confronted with uncertainty we are often easy to ignore what really should be changed and what should be come out through products. And so we are busy to chase such uncertain environment.
However, what if the Lego didn't approach to their own small and logically standardized brick system, a tube enabling to attach another tube? Could the Lego be named as the noticeable creative company, Lego that our children and even we still want to get? The early standardized platform system enables to create unlimited artifacts that our innocent children imagine. How do our conventional organizations generate such unlimited product to respond to diverse and versatile consumers' wants like children?
Design should not be limited in one specific and professional area such as architecture, industrial product, graphic etc. Design is seen as the extension of our thinking to solve our daily problems, so that it comes out through one devised system and structure which we can experience. In terms of this we are doing somehow design and make things to solve our special problems so that the making things are designing for solving the problematic situations. The situations are always involved in our humans' interests, which infers organizational activities, like Thomas's works,the Seed Cathedral shown
Do we really differ each other, although we manage same artifact for achieving same purpose? We may have to think about how organizational cultures are differently approaching to our artificial world. Sometimes, invisible and unaccountable cultural issues can be placed in middle of such tragic and controversial accident.