Design Research and Strategy, Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University

Makeshift Magazine

Makeshift is a field guide to hidden creativity. From the tecnobregas of Belem to the juicebox audio mixers of Kamwookya’s VJ halls, we seek and share under-the-radar stories of entrepreneurs who use solve problems and improve their local communities. Our award-winning, critically-acclaimed magazine ran for 15 issues and featured 791 stories from 143 countries, documented by our network of 328 contributors.


Makeshift Magazine

With: Melanie Chow, Steve Daniels, Stephanie Davidson, Myles Estey, Maria Gallucci, Glenna Gordon, Zach Hyman, Justin Levinson, Alexia Liakounakou, Amanda Mustard, Gema Navarro, Matt Peters, Eli Rosenbloom, Philippa Young, and April Zhu
For: 25,000+ global readers
Duration: 15 issues, 3.5 years

Driving a research pipeline...

Our research pipeline consisted of thousands of books, articles, photos, videos, research papers, and datasets from across the web and beyond that we deem relevant for informing Makeshift’s core mission. While this body of work served primarily to inform our editorial voice and thematic direction, From The Makery was an effort to expose it to our audience. As the largest contributor to our research pipeline, I was responsible for writing the majority of an issue’s front matter (From The Makery also appeared as weekly email newsletters and social media fodder). This served two purposes: introducing the audience to our charming editorial tone and guiding them through how we expand and complicate a concept.

...that builds a globally recognizable editorial voice and thematic direction.

Makeshift carefully and proudly prioritizes people first, then their technological, entrepreneurial, or otherwise ingenious work. Our character-driven storytelling places the entrepreneur at the center of the story, not the writer, and describes their ability to recognize important needs in their environment and be an effective agent of change. Through clever prose, engaging narrative, informative context, and pristine photos, Makeshift immerses readers in the streets, bazaars, and workshops and treats the reader as an active participant in informal economies—a field guide to hidden creativity.


Education From The Fringe

Makeshift’s transition from a quarterly magazine to a mission-driven organization started with the creation of the Institute, our research and consulting arm. Our first project was the development of a compelling academic product, tailored to the specific needs of emerging academic classwork in developmental and social entrepreneurship.

Makeshift On Air

Our YouTube channel, Makeshift On Air features short videos on world-changing design through recurring series like Power Hackers, Makers, and In Graphics which profile the ways unlikely makers and designers are developing creative solutions.


In: Egypt, Greece, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Spain, and United States

Featuring Dispatches From: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gaza, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Outer Space, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Sahara Desert, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, the Afar, the Human Body, Tibet, Timor-Leste, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank, Western Sahara, World Wide Web, Yemen, and Zambia