The Maker’s Manual

The 2015 update to PSFK’s ‘Maker’s Manual’ spotlights the do-it-yourself Maker Movement and how new computing technologies are helping democratize the creation of things once limited to craftsmen and professionals. This report from PSFK and Intel provides every creator with a wealth of tools, support and services to bring their idea to life.

In our Democratized Creation theme we explore how the hardware and tools required to start building DIY technology projects are becoming more widely available, cost-effective and user friendly, encouraging a greater number of people to become involved in the Maker Movement regardless of their knowledge and level of skill. With the Community Exchange theme we look at how a growing number of digital platforms and physical spaces are helping to cultivate the Maker Movement by bringing people together to share essential knowledge and resources, while simultaneously creating new marketplaces for buying and selling their products.

Published September 2015

The report, underwritten by Intel, also looks at Growth Systems and explores how a new set of services are allowing the Maker community to take their projects from personal passions to full-fledged product lines by providing flexible and cost-effective access to financial capital, copyright management tools and manufacturing facilities. Within these themes, we take an in-depth look at ten key trends, bringing them to life with best-in-class examples, constructing unique user experience paths for readers to navigate them based on their level of involvement in the Maker Movement. As you click through the following pages, we hope you find inspiration and innovation that you can leverage and share.

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Insights From The Maker’s Manual

Partner Content PSFK x PCH Present Key Themes From The Maker Movement

Pioneers such as Billie Whitehouse (WE:EX), Carrie Motamedi (TechShop), Liam Casey (PCH) desribe a movement alongside speakers from Autodesk, Modbot, OnBeep & Shortcut Labs

Partner Content What The Maker Movement Will Mean For Consumers & Brands

An expert panel discusses the themes driving the maker movement

Partner Content Liam Casey - "The Renaissance in Prototyping is Integral to Tech-Innovation"

Liam Casey, founder of PCH, speaks at the PSFK & PCH Presents the Makers Movement in San Francisco describing the benefits of new prototyping technologies

Video Indiegogo's Kate Drane on Makers Movement - "Crowdfunding Proves Demand"

Kate Drane from Indiegogo, speaking at PSFK & PCH Presents the Makers Movement in San Francisco, describes the holistic benefits that come with crowdfunding and how they increase the success of start-ups.

Partner Content Carrie Motamedi at Makers Movement: “Democratized Creation and Access will Lead Innovation”

Carrie Motamedi, Head of Marketing and Company Culture at TechShop, speaks at the PSFK & PCH Presents the Makers Movement in San Francisco about how access to tools and a community of peers is key for success

Video Designer Billie Whitehouse at Makers Movement- "Collaboration is Crucial"

Billie Whitehouse, Founder of Wearable Experiments, argues collaboration is key for companies and brands to succeed at the PSFK & PCH Presents the Makers Movement in San Francisco

Partner Content How Maker-Friendly Tools Are Embedding Internet Connectivity into Everyday Objects

Maker tools are simplifying coding languages or creating ‘good enough’ shortcuts helping creators improve the features and functionality of their products to widen their appeal.

Partner Content No Coding Required: New Tools Embedding Interactivity Into Maker Projects

New software tools and interfaces allow makers to connect their products to the Internet and begin experimenting with various types of interactive experiences.