Rise of the expert amateur: DIY projects, communities, and cultures

Stacey Kuznetsov, Eric Paulos

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201 Scopus citations

Abstract

This paper presents a large-scale study of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) communities, cultures and projects. We focus on the adoption and appropriation of human-computer interaction and collaboration technologies and their role in motivating and sustaining communities of builders, crafters and makers. Our survey of over 2600 individuals across a range of DIY communities (Instructables, Dorkbot, Craftster, Ravelry, Etsy, and Adafruit) reveals a unique set of values, emphasizing open sharing, learning, and creativity over profit and social capital. We derive design implications to embed these values into other everyday practices, and hope that our work serves to engage CHI practitioners with DIY expert amateurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2010
Subtitle of host publicationExtending Boundaries - Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Pages295-304
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 20 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries, NordiCHI 2010 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: Oct 16 2010Oct 20 2010

Publication series

NameNordiCHI 2010: Extending Boundaries - Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

Other

Other6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries, NordiCHI 2010
CountryIceland
CityReykjavik
Period10/16/1010/20/10

Keywords

  • DIY
  • Motivations of contributors
  • Online communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Kuznetsov, S., & Paulos, E. (2010). Rise of the expert amateur: DIY projects, communities, and cultures. In NordiCHI 2010: Extending Boundaries - Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 295-304). (NordiCHI 2010: Extending Boundaries - Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction). https://doi.org/10.1145/1868914.1868950