Anna Gianakis: formed @ prototypal 2001
My research is titled formed@protoypal: process, method and skill as meaning in the craft-based objects of popular design. The focus of my research is "process driven design" used to develop industrial prototypes and semi-industrial manufacturing techniques, and how this trend might deal with notions of identity. The mass-manufactured objects developing over time to the point of homogeny provide an opportunity for designer/maker entrepreneurs to satisfy a social need for alternative objects. I am specifically interested in physical forms for mass production as derivatives of the evolutionary continuum of studio processes, which lead to innovative designer/maker practices.