David Gauntlett

David Gauntlett is a British media and communications theorist renowned for his innovative work on the social meanings of ‘making things’ and everyday creativity. Professor of Creativity and Design and Director of Research at the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, in his early work he focused on the relationship between the media and identity, which examined topics ranging from gender to television. He is perhaps most well known for his writings on the social and cultural dynamics of creativity, sharing and craft, ranging from DIY to YouTube, and the role of digital media and the internet. He has also gained widespread attention for his cutting-edge, hands-on research methods, which have included studies in which participants have been asked to use Lego, as well as produce collages, drawings and diaries. Polity has published his Making is Connecting: The Social Meaning of Creativity from DIY and Knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0.