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Makeshift is a field guide to hidden creativity. From homemade aircraft in Nigeria to drug smugglers in Mexico, Chinese hackers pushed up against the Great Firewall to Haitian communities pushing back against marginalization, we believe ingenuity can be found everywhere if you know where to look. Let us tag along on your creative pursuit.

Makeshift is part of a new breed of magazines passionate about their content, form, and community. We don’t rehash the news; we share stories that test the limits of our far-flung contributors. Makeshift is a proud member of the Little Magazine Coalition and the Indie Publisher Club.


Myles Estey


Justin Levinson


Melanie Chow

Business director

Matt Peters

Creative Director

Gema Navarro

Art Director

Santos Henarejos

Art Director

Maria Gallucci

Features Editor

Alexia Liakounakou

Managing Editor

Matt Prindible

Research Associate

Stephanie Davidson

Illustration Editor

April Zhu

Community Manager

Eli Rosenbloom

Design Consultant

Steve Daniels




Editorial Board

Zach Hyman


Amanda Mustard


Philippa Young


Glenna Gordon

Nigeria/New York

Makeshift Media

Makeshift is published independently by Makeshift Media, dedicated to uncovering creative solutions from the economic fringe. Makeshift Media maintains the following media properties:

  • Makeshift Quarterly–a print and digital magazine
  • Makeshift Online–our digital headquarters
  • From the Makery–weekly email digest of creative inspiration
  • Makeshift On Air–live and animated video features of makers
  • Makeshift On Assignment–blogging from the field


Makeshift is produced in partnership with Openbox and GE. They are incredible companies and we are thrilled to collaborate with them.


If you’d like to partner with Makeshift, see Partnerships. If you’re interested in tapping our network, visit the Makeshift Institute.


Distribution by Ubiquity, Central Books, and MMS and stocked in hundreds of stores globally. Visit your local store and tell them about us. If you’re looking to stock Makeshift or purchase a bulk order, see Stockists. Art direction by Rifle, a graphic design studio with no fixed base, focused on editorial projects around the world. Printing by the Prolific Group, an eco-friendly printer in Winnipeg, Canada. Makeshift is printed on FSC-certified Lynx Opaque 65-lb. cover and 70-lb. text. Web development by Oak, designers who think in code.


Makeshift is a remote team of 15 team members and over 300 contributors spread across 80 countries. Our team is powered by Podio—free project management software to easily manage teams, projects and much more in one central place. See how Makeshift uses Podio in this video case study.