Five Kingdoms of DIY-Materials for Design

Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Valentina Rognoli, Elvin Karana

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The DIY movement is expanding beyond products to the materials which embody products; namely, DIY-Materials. DIY-Materials are created through individual or collective self-production practices, often by techniques and processes of the designer's invention. In this paper, we elaborate on the sources that can serve as a departure point for DIY material practices. Analyzing above 150 design cases, we introduce five main catergories of DIY-Materials based on the material sources. Inspired by the biological classification of elements of earth, we name these categories as DIY-Materials Kingdoms. We present each kingdom with example cases supported by rich visuals to illustrate the process and the outcome of the DIY-Materials design effort.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlive Active Adaptive
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials EKSIG 2017
EditorsE. Karana, E. Giaccardi, N. Nimkulrat, K. Niedderer, S. Camere
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherTU Delft Open
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-87-90775-90-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEKSIG 2017 Alive Active Adaptive: International Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 19 Jun 201720 Jun 2017


ConferenceEKSIG 2017 Alive Active Adaptive


  • DIY-Materials
  • Materials Experience
  • Tinkering with Materials
  • DIY-Materials Kingdoms


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