Makeshift Magazine: Global DIY

by Farah

Makeshift is a new “quarterly magazine focused on grassroots creativity and invention around the world.” It sounds like they are trying to expand upon what the Maker Faire and Make magazine do and introduce people to global perspectives on DIY that they might not otherwise have heard about. They have contributors in 20+ countries, so it’ll be cool to see what kinds of projects they end up featuring.

The Atlantic had a small preview a couple of weeks ago: there’s a farmer/roboticist in China, a man in Kenya who made a text message controlled smart home system (photo below), a technology Fab Lab in Barcelona, and a few more.

Photo by Erik Hersman

As the narrator in the video says, “sometimes making is a tool for survival, enterprise, or self expression. Particularly in environments of scarcity, you will find immense creativity.” I think that this is a really important contrast between DIY in more affluent communities versus other cultures where DIY initiatives often grow out of the need to be resourceful with what’s available. Several people in class criticized the Maker Faire for not focusing on sustainability enough, which is a totally valid point. I’m curious: what do you guys think about this project?

The Kickstarter for Makeshift has already met its goal, but you can still pledge if you want a copy of the magazine or any of the other rewards.

4 Comments to “Makeshift Magazine: Global DIY”

  1. Thank you, Farah, for posting this. After RMMF made its goal on Kickstarter (thanks to you and sixty-some-odd others) I was feeling particularly generous and also found, and funded this project. It looks really fantastic.

  2. This is really great Farah, thanks for posting! I also felt inspired to support this project…and stalk it on the interwebs. 🙂

  3. Farah, thanks for posting this, and thanks to the others for your support. Recovering from an incredible launch this weekend, and we’re now looking for interns in NYC to move Makeshift forward. Email me at if you’re interested in shaping this project.

    • You’re quite welcome, Steve! Makeshift sounds like a great project to work on. I personally am not looking for an internship at the moment, but our department at The New School keeps a blog where they post internship and job opportunities for students. You can email your info to Best of luck!

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