Minecrafter is now a skill.

DIY’s guiding principle is that all creative skills are important and our mission is to help people discover the ones that make them passionate. 

Many people working in tech today got their start building with LEGO and SimCity. At the time they were toys, though in hindsight they were essential experience to develop the creative confidence that’s so valuable now. Likewise we’ve been riveted by Minecraft since its transition from an indie game into a creative tool beloved by people of all ages. We believe Minecraft is as transformative for this generation as Photoshop was for ours.

It certainly seems that way already! Since we launched DIY last year Minecraft projects have outnumbered projects of any other kind. Many many thousands of Minecraft projects. At first look these creations seem like nothing more than game screenshots, but after you’ve wandered deep into them it becomes clear that Minecraft is a not a game, it’s a canvas.

We partnered with Mojang to create the Minecrafter skill to help recognize Minecraft’s potential as a creative tool.

If you’re a n00b these 16 challenges will guide you to learning Minecraft. If you’re already an expert, complete this skill to show what you’re capable of making and inspire millions with your ingenious Minecrafting.

The patch is available in the DIY Market.

PS. Shout outs to Zach Bruggeman for helping to author the skill, Isaiah Saxon for illustrating the patch, and everyone at Mojang for being awesome.

11 months ago 51 notes

Chemist is now a Skill.

Chemists want to understand how and why the materials around us behave. They examine how atoms attach, break apart, and reconnect to create different molecules. Then they use their knowledge to create everything from cleaners to medicines to explosions!

Thanks to Meagan Moore for building this Skill!

1 year ago 4 notes

Camper is now a skill

Campers seek the wilderness. Wherever they may be, may be their home, for they are at home in nature. But dangers abound for those who pack a home upon their back. Staying warm, dry, fed, and hydrated is the game. Preparation and bravery are of equal and utmost importance.

Thanks to Paul Long for collaborating on this Skill!

2 years ago 15 notes

Sculptor is now a skill

Sculptors bring art into 3d space, building physical works that inspire as they stand before us. Since ancient times, we’ve sculpted our heroes, villains, and mysteries – building first in stone, wood, clay – now with all things imaginable. Sculptors make beauty and strength that stands on its own.

2 years ago 2 notes

Geologist is now a skill

High on a cliff or deep in a cave, Geologists hunt for secrets locked in the Earth’s crust. Rocks and minerals provide clues to Earth’s mysterious past and potential future. Whether it’s cracking open a geode or analyzing ancient climate changes, a Geologist finds the incredible in the ordinary.

Thanks to Meagan Moore for building out this Skill!

Transport Engineer is now a skill

Civilization depends on the free movement of people and goods, and Transport Engineers make it happen. They design our roads, railways, and vehicles. They work to build systems that are safe, efficient, durable, convenient, beautiful – and fun!

Thanks to Paul Long for building out this Skill!

2 years ago 1 note

Photographer is now a skill

A Photographer captures a window into time and space that can be forever preserved. Their camera can be high-tech or just a cardboard box with a hole in the side. Great Photographers use perspective, focus, depth-of-field, exposure, and shutter speed to “draw with light” and achieve a vision.

Hardware Hacker is now a skill

Hardware Hackers modify and create new types of electronic hardware. Whether connecting a stuffed animal to the internet or making a garden tweet, Hardware Hackers are always looking for new ways to improve the world around them using electronics and microcontrollers.

2 years ago 3 notes