Additive innovation in design thinking and making

Shawn Jordan, Micah Lande

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A Maker is a modern-day tinkerer and hands-on builder of DIY artifacts. Makers create their inventions wholly out of their imaginations, with the support of a rich collaborative online and in-person community. This paper describes the results from a qualitative study of adult Makers and their characteristics of collaboration in the Maker community. Results indicate that Makers exhibit a mindset of Additive Innovation. This describes the open community of sharing and learning that is the Maker community. Connections between engineering and Making are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1438-1444
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016


  • Design process
  • Design thinking
  • Innovation
  • Maker community
  • Making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Education


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