P. Atkinson, Do It Yourself: Democracy and Design
Special Issue of the Journal of Design History 19(1), 2006.

The theme of this special issue arose from a perceived need to generate a discourse around the interface between 'design' taken as a function of the activity of 'professional' designers and being part of an established cycle of the design, production and consumption of goods; and 'Do It Yourself' taken as its antithesis - a more democratic design process of self-driven, self-directed amateur design and production activity carried out more closely to the end user of the goods created.


This special issue attempts to broaden the existing work in the area by taking this aspect of design democracy as its unifying theme, and thereby expanding the notion of DIY from the narrow perspective in which it is often held.

Paul Atkinson: Introduction
Clive Edwards: Home is Where the Art is: Women, Handicrafts and Home Improvements 1750 - 1900
Fiona Hackney: Use Your Hands for Happiness
Sarah A. Lichtman: Do-It-Yourself Security
Andrew Jackson: Labour as Leisure - The Mirror Dinghy and DIY Sailors
Teal Triggs: Scissors and Glue: Punk Fanzines and the Creation of a DIY Aesthetic

The Journal of Design History Vol. 19, Iss. 1 is available from here.

Reviews of the Special Issue appeared in the Guardian and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Do It Yourself: Democracy and Design