As a departure from the study of the history of computing, I am interested in the tensions between Design as a profession a specialised area of expert activity for industrial manufacture, and design as carried out on a daily basis by a huge number of people across the world in designing and making things for themselves. Where exactly are the boundaries between the two, and what happens at those boundaries?


In trying to frame these questions in order to explore them, I have edited various publications and written various conference papers, and curated public exhibitions, covering subjects from the history of the Do It Yourself movement, to the role of the professional designer.




Professional vs Amateur Design