Blueprint Award for Design 2016
Nominated by our Judges, voted for by Blueprint readers
Fixperts is a social project and open knowledge sharing platform founded by designers Daniel Charny and James Carrigan and now run by Charny, with the support of a growing number of experts, volunteers and champions.
The project started with the idea that fixing is a valuable way to interact with the world. Drawing together teams of designers and filmmakers, in just six weeks Charny and Carrigan developed a pilot and fixperts.org launched with five films encouraging people to use the power of fixing to solve everyday problems. That was in September 2012. They soon discovered that people connected with the idea and wanted to get involved.
Since then over 1,000 Fixperts have found Fix Partners with a fixing challenge and used a creative problem-solving process to make a change in their lives. 250+ films tell some of these stories and have been viewed over 400,000 times. Charny says: ‘We want everyone in the world to feel that they can fix stuff and solve problems. We believe that the design process applied to small fixing challenges has the potential to give people the insight and confidence to find solutions for themselves and others.’
Fixperts has been run in museums, makerspaces and businesses as well as their home ground of universities, colleges and more recently, schools. Fixperts provides guidelines to support educators in universities and colleges to run Fixperts as part of, or alongside their courses. And now it is being tested in schools as part of a new technical qualification at GCSE level
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Category sponsored by Turkish Ceramics