Full disclosure: I am not someone that asks for help easily, writing this post has me feeling all the feels:
On Friday my team and I launched a Kickstarter campaign to support and celebrate our 1,500 CreativeMornings volunteers around the world. Every month, they pour time and heart into each and every event, which are open to anyone, at no cost. They passionately and tirelessly fuel this engine of generosity.
Just last year alone, we hosted over 1,600 events, in over 50 countries. Did I say CreativeMornings events are free? As in ZERO DOLLARS? And come with free breakfast? Free coffee? And even hugs?
We often try to imagine how many lives CreativeMornings must have touched. How many people found new jobs? New friends? Spouses? Or simply a place where to feel safe and understood. My team and I believe in the power of meeting up, in the power of creating a safe, kind space to share and connect.
Have you ever been inspired by a CreativeMornings event? Or watched our talks online? Then please, consider donating to our Kickstarter which will help us put on our bi-annual Organizer Summit. It’s a two day chance for all volunteers around the world to get together and compare notes, learn from each other and make your local events better.
We put together some pretty neat rewards, have a look. If you have ever been touched by a CreativeMornings event, please consider giving back.
And, if your company might be interested in sponsoring our Summit, and in that case, be invited to participate and meet our hosts from around the world, please email us!
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).