Big shifts are afoot here at Makeshift HQ. When we released the Re-culture Issue in October, we were a small global network of editors Skyping our way to a print magazine. But our vision was bigger: we wanted to be the premiere source of media on street-level innovation. Since then, we’ve built a team rooted in New York, expanded distribution worldwide, and hosted events in New York, Providence, and Mexico City. Today, we announce the next evolution of Makeshift.
Based on your feedback over the past few months, we’re launching several new projects this week: the Mobility Issue of the Makeshift Quarterly, a completely overhauled website and brand new Makeshift Online, and digital subscriptions of the Makeshift Quarterly. The Mobility Issue is already out the door and en route to our subscribers. The new Makeshift Online will serve as our online magazine updated regularly. And a digital version of the quarterly will be available starting next week through Zinio.
We’re particularly ecstatic about Makeshift Online, which will allow us to engage with our readers and contributors more regularly. You’ll notice online articles are organized differently from print—by topic, geography, and media type. Over the coming months, we’ll be rolling out new editorial columns and video series (this week we launched The Works) from our contributors around the world and produced with incredible partners. Makeshift Online will be an ongoing pulse of informal economies, from black market innovators to collaborative consumers. To stay plugged in off the site, follow our RSS, Twitter, or Facebook feeds. As for the Makeshift Blog, we’ll be sticking to updates from the staff on what’s going on at Makeshift.
One thing you’ll find fewer of online is our print articles. The Makeshift Quarterly is a curated and themed package of dispatches, features, photos, and infographics from our global network on the ground. It feels different from our website, and we want to embrace our various media channels for what they are. So we’re posting three articles from each issue, plus an infographic and the entire Observed photo section, to give you a taste of what’s in store in the quarterly. But you’ll need to subscribe to the print or digital version for full access.
Makeshift 2.0 will bring more content, more forms of media, more engagement, and more choices for readers. We couldn’t be more excited and can’t wait to hear your feedback!