Modern manufacturing produces wondrous objects, in massive quantity, at a low price. But the costs to the environment, social stability, and economic justice are large, and often hidden. Small-scale, localized, clever manufacturing would minimize the ability for this cost hiding to continue. More importantly, local production gives the customer a bigger voice to dictate what they need and want out of products. Manufacturing should be humble to people, not the other way around. But we can't afford to backslide either - modern life demands complex technologies, and we can't make them as subsistence farmers or hunter gatherers.
Humblefacture is Dominic Muren's exploration of how to make small-scale, local, low infrastructure manufacturing that can still make the complicated objects modern life demands.