Maker culture

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Related notions: digital fabrication, critical making, 3D printing, computer-aided manufacturing, rapid prototyping.


Maker communities

  • Thingiverse, a software repository for open source hardware designs. Launched in November 2008 by Zach Smith and Bre Pettis.
  • RepRap (replicating rapid prototyper), an initiative to develop an open license 3D printer that can print most of its own components. Founded in March 2005 by Adrian Bowyer. First open-source 3D printer in 2007.
  • MakerBot initiative, a New York-based company founded in January 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach Smith producing open source hardware, specifically 3D printers. MakerBot builds on the early progress of the RepRap Project with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing into the home at an affordable price.
  • Ultimaker, an open source 3D printer.




Books, journal issues, catalogues, zines

  • Neil Gershenfeld, Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop-from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication, New York: Basic Books, 2005, x+278 pp.
    • Fab: dal personal computer al personal fabricator, trans. Irene Manzoni and Jacopo Romoli, Torino: Codice, 2005, 253 pp. [2] (Italian)
    • Monozukuri kakumei: pāsonaru faburikēshon no yoake [ものづくり革命 : パーソナル・ファブリケーションの夜明け], trans. Hiroshi Itokawa, Tokyo: Sofutobanku Kurieitibu, 2006, 271 pp. (Japanese)
  • Bob Parks, Makers: All Kinds of People Making Amazing Things in Garages, Basements, and Backyards, Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, 2006, 183 pp.
  • Cory Doctorow, Makers, Tor Books, Oct 2009. Novel.
  • Adhokrasi / Adhocracy, eds. Vera Sacchetti, Avinash Rajagopal, and Tamar Shafrir, Istanbul: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Oct 2012, 328 pp. Exh. catalogue. (Turkish)/(English)
  • Chris Anderson, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, New York: Crown Publishing Group, Oct 2012.
  • Garnet Hertz (ed.), Critical Making, Hollywood/CA: Telharmonium Press, Nov 2012, 352 pp.
  • Making Futures journal, ed. Malcolm Ferris, biannual, since 2013 [first issue to discuss digital fabrication in more detail]. Based on Making Futures conference held biannually at Plymouth College of Art.
  • Julia Walter-Herrmann, Corinne Büching (eds.), FabLab: Of Machines, Makers and Inventors, Bielefeld: transcript, Jun 2013, 262 pp. Excerpt. Publisher.
  • Stephen Hoskins, 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, Nov 2013, 144 pp; 2nd ed., rev., Feb 2018, 166 pp. Publisher.
  • Journal of Peer Production 5: "Shared Machine Shops", eds. Maxigas and Peter Troxler, Oct 2014.
  • Artisans numériques, ed. Ewen Chardronnet, Orléans: HYX, 2014, 185 pp. [3] (French)
  • Hyperrhiz 13: "Kits, Plans, Schematics", eds. Helen J. Burgess and David M. Rieder, Fall 2015.
  • New Media & Society 18(4): "The Democratization of Hacking and Making", eds. Jeremy Hunsinger and Andrew Schrock, Apr 2016. Introduction.
  • Current 7: "Critical Making: Theories, Models & Frameworks", 2016. [4]
  • AD 86(5): "Digital Property: Open-source Architecture", eds. Wendy W. Fok and Antoine Picon, Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Sep-Oct 2016, 136 pp. [5] [6]
  • Achim Menges, Bob Sheil, Ruairi Glynn, Marilena Skavara, Fabricate, London: UCL Press, Apr 2017, 304 pp. Publisher.
  • Disobedient Electronics: Protest, ed. Garnet Hertz, Vancouver, 2017, 58 pp. Zine.
  • Jentery Sayers (ed.), Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities, University of Minnesota Press, 2017, 360 pp, PDF. [7]
  • Journal of Peer Production 12: "Makerspaces and Institutions", eds. Kat Braybrooke and Adrian Smith, Jul 2018.
  • Jeremy Hunsinger, Andrew Schrock (eds.), Making Our World: The Hacker and Maker Movements In Context, New York: Peter Lang, Nov 2018, 318 pp.

Book chapters, articles

See also

communities of practice

Art servers, Circuit bending, Copyright activism, Cypherpunk, Data activism, Demoscene, Digital libraries, DIY biology, Federated networks, File sharing, FLOSS, Game art, Hacker culture, Hackerspaces, Hacktivism, Internet activism, Internet of things, Libre graphics, Live coding, Maker culture, Media archives, Media labs, Net art, Neural aesthetics, Open hardware, Software art, VJing, VVVV.
See also Artists' cultures.

Art and Culture

Avant-garde and modernist magazines, Artists' publishing, Graphic design, Photography, Typewriter art, Multimedia environments, Design research, Video activism, Urban practices, Zine culture, Demoscene, VJing, Live cinema, Media labs, Cyberfeminism, Community television, Hacktivism, Art servers, Hackerspaces, CD-ROM art, Circuit bending, Pure Data, Media archives, VVVV, Maker culture, Glitch art, Live coding, Locative media, Libre graphics, Electromagnetism, Surf clubs, DIY biology, Post-digital, Neural aesthetics.
See also Art styles and movements.