The Tools for Co-Creation and Open Innovation

In 21st-century design manifestos, the terms “co-creation” and “open innovation” abound. Co-creation is the phenomenon of designers designing new products, services, and systems with users and not for users. Open Innovation is the belief that the next big thing could be invented by anyone, from any walk of life, with any level of education.

Tools for prototyping and testing new products, services, and systems play a big role in these two concepts. And let me tell you, these prototyping tools are becoming remarkably accessible. They look like toys right now. Emerging technologies often start out that way. But I hope you can see, and harness, their potential.

Some tools:


Out of production, but never out of style:

The Braun Lectron Set