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

History and profile

Its first issue was released in January 2005; as of July 2016, 52 issues were 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 in the website. The digital edition also allows 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 have 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 is 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 is Mike Senese.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) the Heise Zeitschriften Verlag is the licensed party and distribute in the Maker Media GmbH all two months a completely autonomous magazine.

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

Maker Faire

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

In 2013, there were 100 Maker Faires across the globe, including in China, Japan, Israel, Australia, Spain, the U.K., 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.[4]

In 2014, the number of Maker Faires continued to grow, including one hosted by the White House.[5]

In 2017, there are 240+ Maker Faires planned around the world.[6]


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.[7]


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:.[8]

Make: television

Make: television was a television show produced by Twin Cities Public Television and hosted by John Edgar Park[9] which premiered in January 2009 on PBS stations.[10] Ten episodes of the show were produced, featuring projects and informational guides as well as user produced videos which were submitted online.[11]

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