SparkFun Electronics is a startup that utilized an early and heavy reliance on open source technology to grow rapidly with no outside investment. Now open source permeates the culture from software to operations to open hardware products, but sticking to open source while mitigating risk and pressing innovation has not been without its challenges.
Design is often perceived as “making things user-friendly.” To combat that oversimplification, designers shroud their work in specialized tools & jargon. This gives designers a false sense of value & control over their work. In actuality, this drives divisions between designers & their teams. By open sourcing design process via transparency, the true value of Design and designers becomes clear.