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Who is a Maker?

As part of my prep for my meeting with my RCA tutors I have been trying to familiarise myself with the concept of a Maker, even though I consider myself such a person, I wanted to see how others describe it to ensure I know how best to convey it.

I found a great description on a blog called K4ICY:

“A Maker in the contemporary definition: is anyone that loves to tinker with things of a mechanical or electrical nature, generally by hand.
An inventors and artists are Makers…

The products made by a Maker can either be functional or aesthetic, or both. Ordinary items can be “re-invented”. Necessity can bring about something new.
Artists can invent whole worlds, creating (pretend) objects of fantasy like costumes and ray-guns.”

– Mike Maynard, K4ICY

There is also a short, is somewhat inaccurate description on Wikipedia too.

A TED talk by Dale Dougherty, co-founder of O’Reilly and head of O’Reilly’s Maker Media division, here he shows how everyone is a maker in some way:

There are also a couple of great videos by Ryan Varga on his Vimeo profile:

Summary

A Maker is a person who is part of a community of people who have a passion for applying practical skills to creative ends. Makers are defined as a subculture of people, but it is a subculture that is growing fast with boundaries that are fuzzy and undefined as Makers experiment around with new technologies and methods of making often resulting in a blending of skills across a variety of areas.