Graduates of design faculties all over the country had trouble finding jobs. Eventually some found jobs as teachers, others in private companies. Most, however, gave up design altogether, or left Poland. Some managed to set up their own companies – small, often family companies, which produced and sold everyday objects or furniture. Despite the economic crisis, or maybe precisely because of it, they managed to succeed. What was key here was the combination of the role of designer and of producer. This ‘DIY movement’ is one of the most intriguing phenomena of the 1980s. And then came 1989.