Make (magazine)

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CategoriesDo It Yourself (DIY)
FounderDale Dougherty
First issueFebruary 2005
CompanyMaker Media, Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inSan Francisco, California

Make: (or MAKE:) is an American magazine published by Make: Community LLC [1] which focuses on Do It Yourself (DIY) and/or Do It With Others (DIWO)[2] projects involving computers, electronics, metalworking, robotics, woodworking and other disciplines. The magazine is marketed to people who enjoyed making things and features complex projects which can often be completed with cheap materials, including household items. Make: is considered "a central organ of the maker movement".[3]

In June 2019, Make: magazine's parent company, Maker Media, abruptly shut down the bimonthly magazine due to lack of financial resources. As of June 10, 2019, it was reorganized and had since started publishing new quarterly issues, with volume 70 having shipped in October 2019.[4]

History and profile[edit]

Its first issue was released in February 2005 and then published as a quarterly in the months of February, May, August, and November; as of October 2019 70 issues have been published. It is also available as an iPad version and a Texterity digital edition on the Web, which is free of charge to existing magazine subscribers. The HTML-based digital edition allows for searching and includes additional content such as videos, with freely accessible blogs, podcasts and forums also available on the website. The digital edition also allowed limited sharing of articles with friends.

The magazine has features and rotating columns, but the emphasis is on step-by-step projects. Each issue also features a Toolbox section with reviews of books and tools. Most volumes had a theme to which the articles in the special section are usually related. Notable previous columnists include Cory Doctorow, Lee D. Zlotoff, Mr. Jalopy, and Bruce Sterling. The cartoonist Roy Doty has also contributed to many issues of the magazine.

The Skill Builder section was a frequent feature teaching skills in areas as diverse as welding, electronics, and moldmaking.

Make's founder and publisher is O'Reilly co-founder Dale Dougherty along with Sherry Huss, Vice President Make; the executive editor was Mike Senese.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) the Heise Zeitschriften Verlag was under license to publish a German-language edition of Make independently of the English-language one. Maker Media GmbH produced and published the magazine every other month.

A time-lapse video of the Make robot logo being 3D printed on a RepRapPro Fisher printer

Maker Faire[edit]

The magazine launched a public annual event to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset". Called Maker Faire, the first was held 22–23 April 2006, at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. It included six exposition and workshop pavilions, a 5-acre (20,000 m2) outdoor midway, over 100 exhibiting makers, hands-on workshops, demonstrations and DIY competitions.

In 2007, Maker Faire was held in the San Francisco Bay Area on 3–4 May and Austin, Texas on 20–21 October. The 2008 Maker Faires occurred 3–4 May, at the San Mateo Fairgrounds in San Mateo, California, and 18–19 October at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, Texas. The 2009 Maker Faire Bay Area was held on 30–31 May. In 2010, there were three Maker Faires: Bay Area on 22–23 May, Detroit on 31 July and 1 August, and New York on 25–26 September.

In 2013, there were 100 Maker Faires across the globe, including in China, Japan, Israel, Australia, Spain, the UK, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Chile, France, Norway, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as numerous cities in the United States. A total of 93 of these Faires were "Mini" Maker Faires — smaller scale, independently produced, local events.[5]

In 2014, the number of Maker Faires continued to grow, including one hosted by the White House.[6]

In 2017, there were 240+ Maker Faires planned around the world.[7]


Makers (subtitled "All Kinds of People Making Amazing Things in Backyards, Garages, and Basements") is a spin-off hardback book. Based on the magazine section of the same name, it covers DIY projects and profiles their creators.[8]


In October 2006, a spin-off magazine, Craft, was created for art and craft activities, allowing Make to concentrate exclusively on technology and DIY projects. On 11 February 2009, e-mails were sent to Craft: subscribers explaining that due to rising production costs and shrinking ad markets, the print version of Craft: would be discontinued but would remain as an online presence. Also, all further printed content would be incorporated into Make:.[9]

Make: television[edit]

Make: television was a television show produced by Twin Cities Public Television and hosted by John Edgar Park[10] which premiered in January 2009 on PBS stations.[11] Ten episodes of the show were produced, featuring projects and informational guides as well as user produced videos which were submitted online.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Make: Magazine".
  2. ^ "DIWO - Do It With Others: Resource". Furtherfield. Archived from the original on 2019-03-21. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ "More than just digital quilting". The Economist. December 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Bankrupt Maker Faire revives, reduced to Make Community". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  5. ^ Merlo, Sabrina (January 1, 2014). "The Year of 100 Maker Faires". Make.
  6. ^ Fried, Becky; Wetstone, Katie (June 18, 2014). "The White House Maker Faire: "Today's D.I.Y. Is Tomorrow's 'Made in America'"".
  7. ^ "Maker Movement - Maker Media". Maker Media. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  8. ^ Parks, Bob. Makers: All Kinds of People Making Amazing Things in Garages, Basements, and Backyards. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, 2006. ISBN 978-0-596-10188-6
  9. ^ "CRAFT Print FAQ". Craft. Make. Archived from the original on 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  10. ^ "DIY Invention Show Gets Public Television Premiere". Minnesota Public Radio. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-08-29.
  11. ^ Stern, Becky (June 3, 2011). "TV-B-Gone Jacket". Make:.
  12. ^ 怠惰な楽しみ [Lazy Fun]. Archived from the original on 2018-12-23. Retrieved 2008-10-14.

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