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Make (magazine)

Make (or MAKE) is a quarterly magazine published by O'Reilly Media which focuses on do it yourself (DIY) 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.

Its first issue was released in January 2005, and, as of October 1, 2008, 15 issues have been published. The magazine, which is subtitled "technology on your time", describes itself as a mook, a hybrid of a magazine and a book. It is also available as an e-zine and Texterity digital edition on the Web, on subscription or free of charge to existing magazine subscribers. The HTML-based e-zine allows for searching and includes additional content such as videos, with freely accessible blogs, podcasts and forums also available in the website. The e-zine also allows limited sharing of articles with friends.

The magazine has photo essays on projects as well as regular columns on the world of technology and reviews of books and tools. Most volumes have a theme to which the main articles are usually related. Bruce Sterling is a regular columnist for the magazine, as is Cory Doctorow. Lee D. Zlotoff contributes a competition in each magazine which he judges.

The Primer section is a frequent feature teaching skills in areas as diverse as welding, electronics and moldmaking. Another frequent feature is the MakeShift competition, which presents a situation where someone has to confront a life-threatening situation with limited equipment.

Make's editor and publisher is, O'Reilly co-founder, Dale Dougherty; the editor-in-chief is, blogger and journalist, Mark Frauenfelder, and the managing editor is Shawn Connally. The magazine also has an eight-strong technical advisory board, including Gareth Branwyn.

Maker Faire

The magazine launched a public annual event to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset." Called the "Maker Faire," the first was held April 22 – 23, 2006 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. It included 6 exposition & workshop pavilions, a outdoor midway, over 100 exhibiting Makers, hands-on workshops, demonstrations and DIY competitions. Austin, Texas was the second city chosen to host Maker Faire, which occurred on October 20 - 21, 2007.

The 2008 Maker Faire occurred May 3 & 4, at the San Mateo Fairgrounds.


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 the people behind them.


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.


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