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Do it yourself: democracy and design

By Paul Atkinson


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

Topics: HN, NC
Year: 2006
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