2014 was the year of the maker.
This year, the Museum of Modern Art acquired DIY Gamer Kits and a build-it-yourself Raspberry Pi laptop broke Kickstarter. We created stained glass windows, "High Five Gloves," and 3D-printed the lightsaber from the new Star Wars. As we watched maker culture morph from niche markets into a multiverse, we saw homemade versions of virtual reality, handheld gaming, and even a self-tipping fedora take center stage.
This is the Year in DIY:
+ Ambient musician and electronic luthier Matthew Regula dazzled us with his DIY modular synthesizers.
+ Mark Leonard, a.k.a. 3dKreashunz, 3D-printed color parts to turn his ceiling into a hyper-modern renaissance palace.
+ In May, garage inventor Colin Furze began transforming himself into Wolverine, Magneto, and Pyro for his DIY X-Men series.
+ Lighting design and fabrication company Famous Mods released an Instructable to turn any room into a discotheque with a Pixel Drop Ceiling.
+ In April, Adafruit Technologies gave us an Instructable for heat map photography using a 3D-printed light painting ray gun.
+ With the help of speakers, a mic, a small circuit board, and gloves, Instructables user xGrape solved the "You can't high-five in mittens" dilemma.
+ In November, the self-tipping fedora revolutionized manliness—and politeness.
+ Wearable superpowers got colorful with Drap og Design’s chameleon-inspired LED jacket.
+ Last but definitely not least, digital map genius Eric Fischer taught us how to make a massive, geotagged Twitter map.
Also, be sure to check out our DIY Gift Guide for your creative loved ones.
This is the part ten of our end-of-the-year series. Stay tuned as we continue to look back on 2014 and collect all of our favorite examples of modern creativity, fantastic innovations, and important trends.