Cigar Box Blues: The Makers Of A Revolution’ is screening again on BBC4 at 12.30 pm on Friday 24th June

Still from the documentary Cigar Box Blues

The ‘Cigar Box Blues: The Makers Of A Revolution’ documentary, directed by Professor Virginia Heath and written by Professor Paul Atkinson is screening on BBC4 at 12.30 pm on Friday 24th June (technically 00.30 am on 25th), this will be the 5th screening of the film on BBC. The documentary will then be on BBC iPlayer for a month. _____________________________________________________________________ Directed by Virginia […]

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‘Three Chords and the Truth’, directed by Prof Virginia Heath and written by Prof Paul Atkinson, is screening at the Lighthouse Cinema, Wolverhampton on 16th October 2021

Cigar Box Guitars

‘Three Chords and the Truth’ a 20 mins cinema film, directed by Prof Virginia Heath and written by Prof Paul Atkinson (both of ADMRC), is screening at the Lighthouse Cinema, Wolverhampton, as part of BOXSTOCK 2021, the Cigar Box Guitar Festival, on 16th October 2021. ‘Three Chords and the Truth’ has screened at international festivals including Woodstock, Nashville and Albuquerque, […]

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‘Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution’ By Virginia Heath & Paul Atkinson to screen on BBC4, 23rd October 2021

Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution by two Professors, Virginia Heath and Paul Atkinson of the Art Design and Media Research Centre, will be screened for a fourth time on Saturday 23rd October 2021 on BBC4 and subsequently on BBC iplayer.   Directed by Virginia Heath, Professor of Film, and written by Paul Atkinson, Professor of Design and Design […]

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Delving into the roots of the electric guitar – Professor Paul Atkinson interviewed on the BBC World Service’s ‘The Forum’ about how the electric guitar has conquered popular music

Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar

Professor Paul Atkinson, industrial designer and design historian at Sheffield Hallam and author of Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar, has appeared on BBC World Service’s The Forum discussing how the electric guitar has conquered popular music. Professor Paul Atkinson is Professor of Design and Design History in the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. […]

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Professor Paul Atkinson’s ‘Amplified: The Design History of the Electric Guitar’ reviewed by The Wire

Hallam professor traces design history of the electric guitar in new book. Professor of Design and Design History, Paul Atkinson, has written a book about the design history and development of the electric guitar, from invention through to mass production.  The book, ‘Amplified: The Design History of the Electric Guitar’ has been reviewed by The Wire (page 3), and “offers […]

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Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar by Paul Atkinson

Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar

Professor Paul Atkinson‘s new book Amplified: A Design History of the Electric Guitar traces the history of the design and development of the electric guitar as it became a mass-produced object made, sold and played all over the world. Paul shows how, over the years, amateur makers, part-time tinkerers, musicians, enthusiasts, designers and corporations have developed its design, its looks […]

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Professor of Design and Design history part of BBC 4 documentary

Paul Atkinson, professor of design and design history spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield [listen again from 2:18] about his part in tonight’s BBC 4 documentary about a group of makers and players of cigar box guitars. The half-hour film, Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution, directed by Virginia Heath, Professor of Film, and written by Paul Atkinson, Professor of Design and Design […]

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Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution by Paul Atkinson & Virgina Heath to screen on BBC4

On Friday 18 December, the BBC are broadcasting a documentary by two Sheffield Hallam Professors from the Art & Design Research Centre. The half-hour film, Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution, directed by Virginia Heath, Professor of Film, and written by Paul Atkinson, Professor of Design and Design History, portrays the passionate makers and players of cigar box guitars. Many […]

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The Design Journal Vol. 23 issue 5, Sep 2020, edited by Paul Atkinson

The Design Journal Vol 23 issue 5

In the latest issue of the Design Journal, editor Prof Paul Atkinson considers how we are adapting to ‘The New Normal’ in the COVID-19 era. In particular, he considers how the ‘hacked’ or innovated temporary design solutions to immediate problems are gradually being replaced with more permanent, professionally design alternatives. Newly-designed solutions continue to emerge. But more pressing for design […]

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