If you’re anything like us, you’ve logged onto IMDB in search of the name of a particular actor, only to end up clicking three levels down to find out whatever happened to that dude from that show you loved in high school and getting distracted by the latest awesome film project his wife is working on. Now, those of us who a) have a tendency to fall down Internet rabbit holes and b) love making stuff had better be careful, because there’s a highly addictive new online space that’s basically a huge, interconnected database of the world’s most interesting makers. Makerbase, as it’s called, is our new obsession, and we can’t stop clicking through to see who’s working on what, with whom and how.
Curious to look at the portfolio of a developer who works on the very browser you’re using right now? No problem. Wish you knew more about the daily habits of your favorite bloggers and the online tool their teams use to communicate with one another? Done. Through a meticulously connected web of makers and maker tools, Makerbase puts a constantly updated array of intel at your fingertips, giving you insight into how the best of the best do their work. For example, we now have one more reason to love Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss: She’s also one of the folks who make the ever-stellar lecture series known as Creative Mornings possible.
Oh and look, there’s also our friend Allison House, the brilliant mind who designed our HTML + CSS class for beginners! You can see all the other amazing projects she’s worked on, connect with all of her collaborators and creep on their individual projects as well. All in all, this new online space is a virtual smorgasbord of inspiration and connection among makers, and we’re not sure if/when we’ll ever emerge from it. Fellow makers, be sure to take a deep breath before you dive all the way in.
Are you a maker with a profile on Makerbase? Link to it in the comments below so we can check out your stuff!