tactic #9

The production of artifacts has always required a collaboration of different kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing. These may be (as the greeks said)—knowing through skill (techne), knowing through intuition (nous), knowing through practical reasoning (phronesis), and knowing through fact and theory (episteme). 

The making of things develops and fosters embodied knowledge which refers to capabilities and knowledge that our bodies understand and remember as a result of sensory experience, memory and practice.

Designers acquire embodied knowledge by doing, and enhance their creativity by combining this knowledge with critical thinking.

Maker Spaces in Melbourne

Maker-spaces are a relatively new phenomenon that allow practical men and women to take advantage of tools and machines to complete their dream DIY projects and perfect their skills. Many of these places (also known as ‘hackerspaces’) provide laser cutters, wood-making tools and even 3D printers. Here, we investigate some of Melbourne’s best maker-spaces. –A guide to Melbourne’s maker-spaces, TimeOut, Melbourne

Designer-Makers in Melbourne

The Big Design Market: Melbourne

Royal Exhibition Building, 1–3 Dec 2017


Making reflects many ideas in design: The idea of craft, the reduction of consumerism and the preservation of tradition.

The art of craft: the rise of the designer-maker: 

 What makes a Maker?

Designer • Maker • User

Making Workshop:

Using the flickering LED tea-light design to make a gift for the person sitting alongside you that they can take away after class and keep.

Make a map or a list of all the things you needed to know, in order to make this – identify what embodied knowledge you need to have to make this object.