Recent Research Outputs

[see for up to date list]


Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar
Reaktion Books 2020

Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware, Bloomsbury Academic 2013


Reaktion Books 2010

Designing Impact!: Approaches to Applied Research,

Northend, Sheffield 2011

Special Issues of Journals


Ghosts of the Profession, Special Issue of the Journal of Design History, 21(4), 2008

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

Recent Journal Articles

Hairy Guys in Sheds

Design and Culture, 10(3): 139-168, 2018

Closing in on Open Design

Design Journal, 17 (3): 361-377, 2014


Room with a VDU

Interiors, 5 (1): 89-115, 2014

The Curious Case of the Kitchen Computer

Journal of Design History, 23 (2): 163-179, 2010

Boundaries? What Boundaries?
Design Journal, 13 (2): 137-155, 2010

A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Design Issues, 24 (4): 3-25​

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men​

Design Issues, 23 (3): 46-61, 2007


Man in a Briefcase:

Journal of Design History, 18 (2): 191-205, 2005​

Documentary Films


Heath, V (Dir) & Atkinson, P (Writer) Three Chords and the Truth.  (2019)

Heath, V (Dir) & Atkinson, P (Writer) Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution. (2019)


Selected Chapters in Books

‘Amateur Design’, in Massey, A (Ed.) A Companion to Contemporary Design Since 1945, Wiley-Blackwell, 
 373-392, 2019

‘Writing The Design History of Computers’, in Sparke, P & Fisher, F (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Design Studies, Taylor & Francis, 111-122, 2016

'The Graphical User Interface', & 'The iMac G3', in Lees-Maffei, G (Ed) Iconic Designs

Bloomsbury: 88-91 & 146-149, 2014


'Orchestral Manoeuvres in Design' in, Van Able, B (Ed.) Open Design Now, BIS Publishers,: 24-31, 2011

Exhibitions Curated

Automake and Future Factories (2008)

Sleaford, Lincoln

Do It Yourself: Democracy & Design (2006)

Barnsley; Middlesex

Future Factories: Design Work by Lionel Dean (2003/4)

Barnsley; Halifax; Huddersfield; Milan; London​​