Workshop Postponed until further notice

Fan Factory with Jesse Howard

Due to unforeseeable circumstances, we unfortunately have had to postpone the event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will be back in touch as soon as a new date for the workshop is confirmed. Thank you for your interest in the workshops programme at the Design Museum and we hope to see you at a future event soon.

What to expect

Join designer Jesse Howard to discover the principles of open-source design and “everyday hacking” in this hands-on workshop.

How can we create objects that can be made and repaired by anyone? Gain a unique insight into the maker movement and create your own fan using open-source principles in this one-day workshop.

In the first part of the session, participants will be introduced to the principles of open-source design, before taking apart and analysing a selection of domestic objects. In this part of the day, you will also create a design for your own addition or modification to an existing industrially produced fan.

In the afternoon, participants will produce their customised fan, using proto-typing, hacking, basic electronics and modelling. The day will also include free-entry and a group-visit with Jesse Howard of the Design Museum’s Home Futures exhibition.

No prior knowledge or experience is required. All materials will be provided.

This workshop coincides with the Home Futures exhibition on display at the Design Museum between 7 November and 24 March

Booking information

Adult: £60

Student/Concession: £50

Members: £50

*Please note that this event has been postponed until further notice *

Radio, photo by Tilen Sepič

Waterboiler, Thomas Lommée

Improvised vacuum, photo by Jesse Howard

Mixer, photo by Tilen Sepič


Jesse Howard

Jesse is an Amsterdam-based designer / researcher focusing on creating objects that question the established relationship between designers, producers, and users, which as a result speculate on new systems of making.

Related exhibition

Home Futures

Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?