From the Far Reaches of the Earth…A New Makeshift—Makeshift
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From the Far Reaches of the Earth…A New Makeshift

Greetings and a huge informal welcome to the new Makeshift!

Over the past six months, we took some time to rethink and revamp our quarterly magazine, website, and organization. The result: a new Makeshift designed as a field guide to the fascinating world of informal economies and hidden creativity.

Makeshift Online

So, without further ado–and as promised–we’re launching our new website! It’s sleeker, cleaner (and yes, inspiringer!), and will help you keep in touch with Makeshift from any screen around the world. For all those who have requested, our high-quality magazine is now available as a digital subscription. For this first week only, we’re welcoming you with discounts: get a free back issue when you subscribe to our Print & Digital Subscription. If you’re already a subscriber, you’re eligible for a free digital subscription.

The new web experience mimics that of our flagship print magazine–created by our amazing designers at Rifle and brought to life by Openbox and Oak, our web collaborators. Through both our online and print content, we hope to bring readers down to street level with tales collected from our incredible, far-flung contributors and show them what goes into our creative storytelling.

Navigation Issue

It’s appropriate, then, that our relaunch issue is Navigation. Tales of cross-border smugglers, spacesuit stitchers, and blue-dollar exchangers finding creative ways to navigate through it all await you on pages both analog and digital. From tunnel digging in Gaza to refugees on sinking ships in the Indian Ocean, the often-extreme hacks in this issue provide inspiring examples of how to push your own work and offer a porthole into oft-unseen realms of underground creativity. As usual, three articles from the Navigation Issue are free for all visitors; access the rest of these fascinating stories via Print & Digital Subscription.

On Assignment

Lastly, you’ve already found our new On Assignment blog. Here, we offer behind-the-scenes looks at how articles are made. You will hear directly from the people the articles focus on and from readers about where they look for creativity. And, of course, we will keep you abreast of our own updates and musings here at Makeshift. Next up: a more in-depth look into our redesign.


In the meantime, stay on top of all Makeshiftery via social media: from tales of inspiring creativity curated in From The Makery via email (sign up in our header and footer) and Facebook to quirky slices of ingenuity on Twitter to a visual diary of our contributors and staff making each issue on Instagram.

We can’t sign off without a HUGE thanks to every single subscriber, backer, and contributor who has made this independent publication possible. An especially huge thank you to our principal sponsors, Openbox and GE, as well as Nicholas Butta, without whom it would be impossible to envision this project in its current form.

We’re thrilled that you are a part of the new Makeshift and hope you will join our search for hidden creativity.

Informally yours,
Team Makeshift


  • Ehsan Noursalehi

    I absolutely love the new holistic approach. Great job guys. Wishing you much success. This issue is very intriguing.

    • mkshftmag

      Thanks Ehsan – appreciate your spreading the word on Twitter too!


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