Atkinson, Paul (2006) Do it yourself: democracy and design. Journal of design history, 19 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1741-7279
Abstract

Introduction:
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 selfdriven,
self-directed amateur design and production
activity carried out more closely to the end user of
the goods created...

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