Fanzines: the DIY revolution

Teal Triggs
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Fanzines are ‘do-it-yourself’, amateur, limited run, publications whose producers are keen to share their passion for a subject with other like-minded individuals. This paper will explore the graphic form of the fanzine and its place within a broader alternative culture.

Teal Triggs is Professor of Graphic Design, co-Director of the research unit for Information Environments (IE). She is also Course Director for MA Design Writing Criticism and for MRes Information Environments, London College of Communication. As a graphic design historian, critic and educator she has lectured internationally and her writings have appeared in numerous international design publications. Her new book about the graphic language of fanzines is due out in Autumn 2010 (Thames & Hudson).