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