I have been a fan of The Invisible Dog since I first learned about it, 7 years ago. And by moving my businesses into the Invisible Dog earlier this year, I can now even call myself a lucky member of this talented community. Lucien Zayan, the director of The Invisible Dog, is a giant ball of love. He has artfully curated a small community of artists and visual storytellers that give a damn. I can’t thank Lucien, and our landlord Frank, enough for letting us do our thing on Bergen Street. I am so totally going to support Lucien’s Kickstarter for the 7th’s season.
Two weeks ago, the White House reached out to Kickstarter and asked to help the millions of refugees seeking safety in the Middle East and Europe! Kickstarter said yes and launched this aid refugees campaign.
This isn’t a typical Kickstarter project. The rewards are all about giving, not getting. Kickstarter is donating 100% of their usual fee to support these aid efforts.
I applaud this. Go Kickstarter for opening up their platform. And go internet.
I just “backed” the campaign. Will you join me?. (Your donation is is 100% tax deductible.)
Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States. Since 2011, Design Observer has hosted it. And in 2015, for the first time, they are publishing a book and mounting an exhibition to commemorate the competition winners of 2014, narrowed down from a field of 500 entries from fourteen countries. If you love books and want to own this one, support their Kickstarter campaign.
I just opened my Sugru community newsletter and learned that I can now buy shares in the company I love so much.
There’s no other company that makes my heart go pitter patter the way Sugru does. (You can watch their story here.)
I am so totally investing a teeny tiny bit of money. (It starts as low as £10) How can I not? I am such a fan and respect Jane and her team so much! What a smart move!
UPDATE: So, if you live in the US, Canada and Japan, you’re unfortunately out of luck. Crowdfunding is apparently not regulated yet in these countries, so, we’re not allowed to participate. Major womp womp moment here!
Graphic design book nerds unite: Out of print for decades, Visual Design in Action is one of the most beautiful books on modern graphic design. Written and designed by Ladislav Sutnar and published in 1961, it has been called a “lost milestone” and a “treasure.” This Kickstarter by Designers & Books is bringing it back.
Please, dog owners, don’t yell at me for posting this absurd dog accessory: Disco Dog is the world’s first smartphone controlled LED dog vest. Best part: If the dog walks too far away from you the ‘lost dog mode’ is activated.
The fine folks of Freaker are at it again: They just launched a new (and wonderfully absurd) Kickstarter campaign. First they made cozys for drinks, now they aim to take over the world of socks. I am so totally backing this.
UPDATE: They have 20h to go. Come on everyone, let’s rally and make these sock dreams happen!
(Remember their first Kickstarter campaign? One of the best videos I have seen…)
I have written about the ingenious ostrich pillow before and am delighted to see that there is now a more practical version, the ostrich pillow mini in the works. I totally need this for impromptu desk naps. Who is with me?
Ebay announced yesterday that they would be “sunsetting” Svpply. On August 31, it will be no more. They’ve been considerate and provided Svpply users an option to export their data. If you are logged in to Svpply, you can go to your settings page and hit the “Export your account” link at the bottom to get your stuff (if your export fails you might need help from this).
Kangaroo Light is a portable, playful and flexible lighting product. It was originally designed to fit inside your bag so you can easily locate your belongings, but I think I could find lots of other fun uses for it. I just want to play with it… Two thumbs up!
Andi Baio sold Upcoming.org to Yahoo in 2005. Last year, Yahoo shut it down and decided a few months ago to sell the url back to Andi. Now, Andi is set to bring it back! Yes, please!
Upcoming was a collaborative event calendar focused on interesting arts and tech events around the world. Entirely curated by the community, Upcoming surfaced weird and wonderful events that usually fell under the radar of traditional event listings from newspapers and local weeklies.