1. DIY Study Introduction


DIY or do-it-yourself work involves creation, repair or modification of objects without the aid of paid professionals. DIY projects span a wide range of fields including art, science, technology and craft. DIY has a long history and more recently has become a cultural phenomenon, giving rise to many online and offline communities. Members of these communities share, discuss and critique projects that can be done ‘on their own’, often using cheap, easily-accessible parts and tools.

We are researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. We invite you to complete the survey below to help us further our understanding of DIY projects, cultures and communities. This survey is part of an academic research project being conducted at Carnegie Mellon University, the results of which will be shared publicly at the conclusion of the study. As academic research, this study is not connected in any way with a for-profit company, marketing program, or advertising agency. Each response will be kept anonymous. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Eric Paulos (paulos@cs.cmu.edu) or Stacey Kuznetsov (stace@cs.cmu.edu) at Carnegie Mellon University.

Please answer each question to the best of your knowledge. They entire survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. You may terminate the survey at any time, however, any data collected may still be used in the study.

Click on the “next” button below to start. By clicking “next” you consent that you are at least 18 years of age. We thank you in advance for your time and effort.