Networked Design #2: – The road to collaborative fashion design

Posted by: Mushon Zer-Aviv

BurdaStyle event poster by Mirna Raduka (AAS Graphic Design student)

BurdaStyle event poster by Mirna Raduka (AAS Graphic Design student)

November 4: Nora Abousteit and Benedikta Karaisl
Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue, Room 101, NYC
Web Streaming available during the time of the event

About the Networked Design Talks

With the rise of the Internet over the past few decades we have witnessed the rise of networked culture. The effects of this transition extend far beyond the use of tools: they change the ways we communicate with each other and the ways we manage, construct and perceive our individual and group identities. This cultural shift requires the creative industry to reexamine its use of messages, symbols and aesthetics and to study their function within a constantly changing networked environment. The Networked Design Talks represent the first step of an academic research initiative in this area undertaken by Parsons AAS Graphic Design faculty members led by the Program’s Director, Katarzyna Gruda.

Sponsored by the School of Art, Media & Technology at Parsons, the New School for Design. – The road to collaborative fashion design

A talk by Nora Abousteit and Benedikta Karaisl

Nora Abousteit and Benedikta Karaisl, founders of will share their experience of the past three years–building an active creative community based on open source sewing. The BurdaStyle community consisting of over 260,000 registered members that uploaded almost 25,000 designs.

BurdaStyle is a collaborative DIY fashion platform inspired by the open source philosophy: the sharing of intellectual property and allowing the public to adapt it to their specific needs. BurdaStyle encourages its members to remove copyright restrictions from their designs. These open source sewing patterns are free to be used as the basis for a new design that can later be sewed and even sold by other community members. Nora and Benedikta will share their attempts to balance between open collaboration and authorship – maintaining the relations and connections of each work and its modifications to the members who created it. They will share thier stories, successes and failures attempting to enable a true networked design process by building a platform for sharing instructions and techniques for a creative community.

Networked Design #2 Speakers: Nora & Benedikta

Speakers Bio

Benedikta von Karaisl, is a co-founder and senior vice president of Previously, she was the assistant designer at  Robert Danes, a couture, evening wear house. Benedikta studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, NY and at Creapole in Paris, France. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Nora Abousteit is co-founder of BurdaStyle, an open source sewing community, which she runs with her business partner Benedikta Karaisl von Karais. She is also in the staff of Dr. Hubert Burda and was part of the organizing team for the DLD conference 2005 and 2006 as well as for several World Economic Forum related events for Hubert Burda Media. Beforeher career in Media, she worked in Business Development and Corporate Marketing for a large Kuwaiti food processing company in Cairo, Egypt, where she also received a degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo.


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