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In conjunction with New York City’s official citywide celebration of design NYCxDesign, DPI infiltrated the streets to spread the message of design piracy.

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Posters “borrowing” the aura of the event (right) were plastered at various locations to announce this season’s latest design trend: piracy.

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Exploding Footnotes: Design Research in Action

3D-printed My Little Ponies showcased how the technology enabled anyone to easily scan, copy and modify physical designs that were traditionally mass produced. | BY PETER KUBILUS
↑3D-printed My Little Ponies showcase how the technology enables anyone to easily scan, copy and modify physical designs that are traditionally mass produced. | BY PETER KUBILUS
↑Poster advertising the presentation "Re-thinking Intellectual Property in the Third Industrial Revolution."
↑Poster advertising DPI’s presentation “Re-thinking Intellectual Property in the Third Industrial Revolution.”

In conjunction with the graduation exhibition of the SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism programme, DPI presented a case for piracy as a force of innovation in design.

At the opening of the exhibition “Exploding Footnotes: Design Research in Action” on 13 May, DPI founder Justin Zhuang had a conversation on this issue with New York University law professor Christoper Sprigman, who is also the co-author of the 2012 book The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation.

Close-up of the "Piracy & Design" booth which showcased the thoughts of experts on piracy and design.
↑Close-up of the “Piracy & Design” booth which showcases our research process and how designers and manufacturers think about intellectual property today.
“Piracy & Design" was one of ten booths at the "Exploding Footnotes" exhibition organised by the School of Visual Arts' Design Research, Writing & Criticism department.
↑“Piracy & Design” was one of ten booths at the “Exploding Footnotes” exhibition held inside the School of Visual Arts’ Design Research, Writing & Criticism department.

"Piracy & Design" booth at Exploding Footnotes: Design Research in Action
↑The “Piracy & Design” booth at “Exploding Footnotes: Design Research in Action.”
A 3D-printed miniature (left) of Gerrit Rietveld's famous Red Blue chair next to an official edition by furniture maker Vitra.
↑Various examples of how conventional notions of intellectual property are being challenged. For instance, a 3D-printed miniature (left) of the iconic Red Blue chair by the late Gerrit Rietveld next to an official edition by furniture maker Vitra.