Dispatches

From the Makery: Grassroots Bikesharing, Pirate Form Letters, and a Man-Made Star

From the Makery: Grassroots Bikesharing, Pirate Form Letters, and a Man-Made Star

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Grassroots Bikeshare Rather than waiting for a government grant or a massive corporate sponsor, Guadalajara took a grassroots approach to building a […]

Cobbled Together

Cobbled Together

In India, jugaad is an electrical cord, split and stripped at the end, each wire pushed directly into one hole of an electrical outlet with half of a toothpick wedging it in place. It’s a short log used as a cutting board for the evening’s vegetables, the middle hollowed from […]

From the Makery: Corn Shellers, an Electric Colossus, and Nigerian Wedding Barbie

From the Makery: Corn Shellers, an Electric Colossus, and Nigerian Wedding Barbie

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Corn Shellers Engineer Larry Bently designed a clever, low-cost tool for shelling corn and saving the hands of field workers. In Latin […]

Pirates of Silicon Valley

Pirates of Silicon Valley

Recently we visited the office of an old friend at a young Silicon Valley start-up. It didn’t take long to spot the first pirate flag—the skull and bones banner that has come to symbolize the renegade attitude of the Valley’s tech disruptors. It started with Steve Jobs’s maxim, delivered at […]

From the Makery: Stipple Portraiture, Visualizing the Arms Trade, and Global Breakdance

From the Makery: Stipple Portraiture, Visualizing the Arms Trade, and Global Breakdance

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Stipple Portraiture Miguel Endara demonstrates his stipple drawing technique while creating a portrait of his father. 3.2 million dots, one pen! Arms […]

From the Makery: Concrete Classics, Disruptive Calculators, and Water Safety Innovation

From the Makery: Concrete Classics, Disruptive Calculators, and Water Safety Innovation

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Concrete Classics The Kansas City, MO library turned its parking garage into a giant shelf of classic books. Local residents voted on […]

Koh Panyee’s Floating Football Field

Koh Panyee’s Floating Football Field

Football had been major part of life in the fishing village of Koh Panyee—but only on television.  That all changed in 1986 when a group of children, undeterred by the town’s lack of dry land, built a floating pitch from scrap wood and old fishing rafts. This film, part of […]

From the Makery: An Oldschool Crossfader, Secret Superheroes, and a Trash Band

From the Makery: An Oldschool Crossfader, Secret Superheroes, and a Trash Band

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. The World’s Oldest DJ Setup Party like it’s 1910 with the Gaumont Chronophone System, the world’s oldest mixer and crossfader. These Parisians […]

From the Makery: Upcycled Appliances, a Cardboard Bike, and Collaborative Animation

From the Makery: Upcycled Appliances, a Cardboard Bike, and Collaborative Animation

From the Makery is a weekly roundup of inspiring stories of making collected from around the web. Follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for daily updates. Short Circuit Short Circuit is a range of kitchen appliances focusing on reusing the electronic components of products that would not normally […]

Building on Rugged Terrain

Building on Rugged Terrain

Makeshift contributors What Took You So Long followed Mobius Motors on their quest to take on Mobility, Africa-style. The idea behind Mobius is simple: design a vehicle for and by Kenyans. But the implementation is far more complex. Watch Mobius’s founder and mechanics discuss their grand design challenge: devising a […]