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ABOUT

Makedo is a simple to use, open-ended system of tools for creative cardboard construction. Build imaginative and useful creations from upcycled (repurposed) everyday cardboard. 

DESIGNED FOR CARDBOARD CONSTRUCTION

Makedo tools are purposely designed for fast, simple and sturdy cardboard construction. Built ideas can be invented, explored, adapted and extended in real-time.

SUPPORT FOR 21st CENTURY EDUCATION

Makedo is well suited to collaborative creative spaces. Discover more on our Education page.

 

OPEN-ENDED PLAY

Makedo engages people in creative cardboard making that gives way to imaginative, open-ended play. If you can imagine a cardboard box to be 'not a box', then you have just earned your License to Makedo.

UPCYCLE WITH MAKEDO

Makedo tools are designed to be re-usable. Simply unscrew the Scru so creations can be flat-packed and preserved or unbuilt and recycled! Use household recyclables for your Makedo creations.

MAKEDO IS FOR EVERYONE

Makedo is for girls and boys, young and old, individuals and groups of all skill levels from all over the world. Makedo promotes peer and multi-age collaboration and problem-solving.

BUILD LARGE OR SMALL

Build anything of any size from a flower to a fort, a mask to a maze. Get inspired by a global community of makers in our creation galleries.

WHO IS MAKEDO FOR


Makedo is designed to be intuitive and physically enabling for any human over the age of four. If you can imagine a cardboard box to be 'not a box', then you have just earned your License to Makedo.

Makedo is well suited to collaborative creative spaces such as classrooms, libraries, maker spaces and of course homes.

 

WHY WAS MAKEDO CREATED


Makedo strives to support children and adults all over the globe to become 21st century thinkers!

We believe when people are making and playing freely they are solving problems, exploring new ideas, stretching their imagination, developing new skills, testing their limits, tapping into their instincts, collaborating and innovating. These are all good things and we want to foster more of it.

 

WHO CREATED MAKEDO


Makedo was invented and designed by Paul Justin (PJ), an industrial designer based in Melbourne, Australia. It is the tale of a designer working from home and being endlessly interrupted by a four year old requesting 'props' for his imaginative play. A shield here, a helmet there, possibly a turreted castle... with working drawbridge. Then the following day it would be a space suit, laser cannon, rocket and geodesic space station. How was PJ to get anything done when he was so busy designing and making and playing with his kids? Lightbulb moment and Makedo was born.

Special thanks to: Charles Justin, Barry Gold, Leonard Hamersfeld, Buzz Products, Claire Justin, Justine Hofman, Guy Blashki, Dean Whitelaw, Jenny Kan, Kim Kras, Amanda Bloom, Jenn Leung, Amanda Hearnden and Australian Design Unit.

Our favourite design collaborators are: Joe Sciglitano and Laura Barnard.