Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Let me do it myself!

The folks over at Make Magazine, one of my very favorite do-it-yourself websites, put together this maker's bill of rights -- simple design elements that would make repairs much more convenient (or at least possible) on commercial products.
What do you think? If repairs were easier to make, would you want to crack open your DVD player? Is this bill of rights idealistic or unrealistic? Would including ease of repair as a design element encourage the do-it-yourself ethic?


  1. A few years ago I'd say that 'bill of rights' is pretty idealistic. However, it seems like people are really starting to feel the pinch of this economy. So perhaps DIY ethics will be embraced as a necessity rather than a pleasurable distraction.

    From the stand point of a manufacturer though, does it make sense to provide people with easy or cheap repair options if more money can be made from a whole new item? But again, consumers aren't spending like they used to...

  2. It's an interesting question from the manufacturer's perspective -- make a product that *may* sell better in the first place because it's repairable, or hold out for repeat purchases when the product breaks? Ethically, I'd say it's a no-brainer for a lot of things that aren't supposed to be disposable, but we all know that the economy doesn't run on ethics…

    Here's hoping that an increased interest in DIY will be one positive aspect of the current economic troubles.

  3. What a great idea - this ticks all the boxes for me!


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