Creative redesign is the process of creating new designs from existing and salvaged products. Once considered radical, the act of re-assembling and reworking existing imagery, objects and information has become commonplace in our digital era; Cut/Paste is now a standard computer function, executed with a few keystrokes.
While art and digital media have shaped the way we view the reuse of existing materials, the behavior is arguably rooted in the medium of design; the natural product of necessity and innate human ingenuity. In Canada, creative reuse has a long history, reaching back to indigenous design and the improvised solutions of early pioneers. More recently, this form of pragmatic redesign has spawned some of Canada’s most iconic designs.
Today, the strong tradition of creative reuse in Canada may be more relevant than ever, and has become a highly visible theme in design internationally. Design critic and futurist, Bruce Sterling has even suggested that as economic and environmental pressures grow, this strategy will become increasingly dominant, eventually replacing the professional designer with a new expert, the redesigner.