Asking People What They Want

To answer what is good design is quite tough and has been debated upon quite a bit on the YD Facebook page. While some feel a good design creates desire to possess (regardless of need), others feel that a good design caters to what people want. The Crowdsourcing Headphone Project reflects to the latter, but the twist is that the designers did not conceptualize the headphones. They merely refined the feedback of some 1500 people, who responded to their request for crowd sourcing!

These headphones were not designed by a classic team of designers. They were designed by an independent crowd that followed the call for submitting their ideas for their ideal pair of headphones. With a unique process model, the crowdsourcing team from Creative DNA Austria (Martin Zopf, Rudolf Stefanich and Stefan Kachaunov) wanted to test if crowdsourcing can lead to high quality results in the field of design. On a simple web platform the ideas were collected, ranked and discussed. The strongest trends were analyzed and put together to form a design manifesto which lead to the final design. The final outcome is a functioning pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones, a gentle mixture of nature and electronics. At the end, the concept proved it’s resourcefulness – despite it’s unusual workflow, crowdsourcing is a tool that will enter the world of creative collaboration for good.

Designers: Stefan Kachaunov, Rudolf Stefanich & Martin Zopf

Crowdsourcing Headphone Project by Stefan Kachaunov, Rudolf Stefanich & Martin Zopf

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11 Comments

  • chesterqw says:

    Very nice design, i would buy one if it is available!
    Nice to see that the headband of the headphone can be made out of a single material without screws and stuff. The colours makes the headphone feel natural.

    However just one question, why would anyone want the pads/muff to feel warm?

    For the colder weather?
    i asked because i am living in singapore, where the weather is usually both hot and humid and stuffy headphones is not on my list.

    • Hi,
      I am afraind they are not available yet.

      The project ran in winter time in vienna. Most of our crowdees probably had cold ears.
      This is just one thing we learned in this project… consider ALL influences. 🙂
      Regards,
      Rudolf Stefanich

  • flowerchen says:

    Great look…creative…I would buy the prototype =)

  • richardyan says:

    how clever is it,i like it

  • Lil says:

    How would one adjust the length of the headphone strap?

  • Dylan says:

    I have just two questions.

    One, will they be available in different colors other than green?

    And two, it almost looks like the speakers are removable. Is that the case, or are they secured to the wooden headpiece?

  • Dylan says:

    I have just two questions.
    One, will they be available in different colors other than green?

    And two, it almost looks like the speakers are removable. Is that the case, or are they secured to the wooden headpiece?

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