You know that whole “maker movement” thing you keep hearing about? The one about how a whole generation of millennials is returning to the practice of making things by hand, but with a technological twist? Well, we’ve dug and dug, and there hasn’t really been a ton of factual evidence behind what’s driving all of the world to get their DIY on over the past few years.

Soooo, we took matters into our own hands and decided to figure it out ourselves! (How very DIY of us, eh?) After all, as a company that strives to enable and inspire creativity, this kind of thing is pretty much our jam. So, we put our quantitative hats on and set to creating and researching our own State of the Maker Movement Report. You can get your copy of the report here!

First, what is the maker movement? Well, there are a lot of ways to answer this question. Here’s how we define it:

The maker movement is a contemporary culture of creativity whereby individual makers create products via engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3D printing and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking and arts and crafts.

The fact that technology now aides in this process, whether as a source of inspiration, education of new skills, or through custom manufacturing, has contributed to growing the movement, enabling people all over the world to create in simpler, faster and more affordable ways.

We teamed up with DB5, a company that specializes in quantitative research, to ask almost 2,000 people a series of questions centered around creativity and making.

As you may have guessed, we learned a whole heck of a lot. We could list it all out here, but we thought it would be easier to make a cool infographic for your pretty little eyes to read:

It’s a great tool for creative technologists, brands centered around enabling creativity and folks who are just generally interested in the evolution of this extremely active DIY movement.

Questions about the report? Or the maker movement in general? Hit us up in the comments below.