The 10 Year Hoodie

Jake Bronstein, founder of Flint and Tinder, is set out to manufacture a hoodie that will last a lifetime, not like our average clothes these days. Entirely made in the USA.

Lumio

Lumio unfolds from a book into a multi-purpose portable lamp. I just gasped watching the Kickstarter campaign. A beauty!

(via the Post Family)

Bent Basket

This Bent Bike Basket gets my two thumbs up. A beauty.

Aervine

Aervine is a corkscrew and a wine aerator in one. A beautiful brainchild by William Ward, currently running a Kickstarter to get production join. I am backing this. Join me?

BLAZE

BLAZE is a beautifully designed, high-quality bike light that aims to significantly improve a cyclist’s visibility and safety! Two swissmiss thumbs up.

Concrete Pen

Dustin Faddis had the idea to create a concrete pen! And he made it happen. The pen has a name, Contribute, and a Kickstarter campaign to help kickstart production.

Spixi

Spixi is a retractable cable for your iPhone and Android. Eco-friendly materials and good design get my vote.

The Process

Paul Searle is kickstarting a documentary series exploring the creative processes of graphic designers, illustrators and letterers. The people involved, Ian Collins, Mike Monteiro, Kate Bingaman-Burt and Mary Kate McDevitt make me want to contribute.

AND, Paul is our amazing CreativeMornings/Portland videographer. I am so backing this. Join me?

The Invisible Dog

The wonderfully charming Lucien Zayan runs The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. He has turned what used to be an old building filled with junk into a cultural center. A few years ago, Lucien was visiting from France, fell in love with the building, saw the potential and got to work.

He has since filled the Invisible Dog with so much passion and love for the arts that I happily call him the King of Bergen Street. It’s people like him that add so much to a neighborhood and to a community.

Lucien hosts art exhibits, a theatre, artist studios and a space you can rent for events. We have hosted a CreativeMornings there in the past and in just a few weeks Brooklyn Beta will have their third conference at The Invisible Dog.

As you can tell, I am quite fond of the institution and Lucien. He is a man with a heart of gold. He deserves all the support in the world. Join me in backing The Invisible Dog on Kickstarter?

(Oh, and I am honored to be part of his Kickstarter video, of course!)

Everpurse charges your iPhone Magically in your Bag

Ever notice that your smartphone dies JUST when you need it most? Everpurse is about to solve that problem, elegantly: To charge, all you have to do is slip your phone into the special charging pocket inside the purse! Whether you’re at work or out on the town, your Everpurse will keep your phone charged all day long. You can carry your Everpurse inside a bigger bag, or by itself. When you get home, simply drop your Everpurse on the white charging mat for wireless charging!

I am totally backing this Kickstarter. Congrats to the Everpurse folks for a wonderful idea and a beautifully designed execution!

(thanks Rusty)

Please Support My CreativeMornings Kickstarter

I am just so excited to be able to share our Kickstarter Campaign with you, that literally JUST launched!

After attending several conferences over the past few years, I felt like there had to be a more accessible event that was really just about bringing likeminded people together. So, I started CreativeMornings. One Friday morning a month, people in the creative community gather to hear a speaker share their story. The best part is that the coffee, the breakfast, the lecture — everything is free.

CreativeMornings was in four cities only a year ago. Now we are at 34 chapters and span six continents, thanks to our hard working hosts all around the world.

So here’s the problem. 34 chapters means 34 talks every month. We never planned for CreativeMornings to grow like this. We’ve been taping these talks all along, but as of now they are spread across the internet. It kills us that there are videos from hundreds of leading designers, artists, chefs, entrepreneurs, and no good place to see them all.

Here’s why I am turning to Kickstarter. We have the potential to create a growing archive of stories, ideas and advice from remarkable creative minds across 34 cities, but we need to start building it now.

Your support, no matter how big or little, will help us build a new home for all of the CreativeMornings content.

Please consider supporting my Kickstarter Campaign and help me make CreativeMornings better.

pssst: Check out our rewards, they are quite something.

The Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

A Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker? YES!

Astro

Astro adds pan and tilt movement to your camera, and it allows you to set up time lapse programs by defining the duration, the range of movement; which goes from 0 to 360°, and the interval in degrees or seconds in which you want the photos to be taken.

I am happy to see that this Kickstarter project has already reached its goal even though it still has 16 days to go.

These Days

Jack Cheng wrote a novel:

“These Days” is about Connor Vast, a guy who designs fake computer interfaces for plastic prop displays in furniture showrooms. He meets a girl who doesn’t own a cellphone and is as disconnected as he is connected. As their relationship develops, he falls in with a group of entrepreneurs out to invent the future, but it’s the same future she’s rebelling against. It’s a story about the human side of technology—the people who make it, the reasons they build, and the people on the other end.

If this sounds like something you’d like to read (I do) then go and support Jack’s Kickstarter.

Don’t know how Jack Cheng is? Visit his site and check out some of his articles.

(Thank you Jonnie)

RoboChair

Nerds Rejoice! RoboChair is foldable chair that doubles as wall art! Unlike most folding chairs that get stored in a closet or tucked away when not in use, RoboChair hangs proudly on your wall with an easy mounting bracket.

If you want to make one of these your own, head over to Kickstarter and support the RoboChair campaign.

The World’s Largest Global Dinner Party

My friends behind the Feast Conference are cooking up something big: The World’s Largest Global Dinner Party.

They’re inviting innovators and instigators everywhere, doers and entrepreneurs of all ages to host a literal Feast of their own for six or more friends at 7pm local time on October 5, 2012. (That’s the final day of The Feast Conference.)

The goal is simple: By the end of dinner, collectively decide on one thing you all can collaborate on to improve the world (whether it’s renovating the park or supporting an effort to redefine an industry!)

Now here’s the kicker. Akin to the original World’s Fair, they want to then host a giant public pavilion in NYC the very next day (October 6) to cap off this roaming dinner. Kids, families, and anyone from the creative community will be able to explore your ideas, enjoy food, music, performance, and get inspired by some of today’s most amazing innovations.

Dream big. Execute Small: The World’s Fare

Blime Light

I had the pleasure to see Alvaro Soto demonstrate this beautiful lamp called Blime Light at last night’s Apartment Therapy Design Evening.

Blime Light is a DIY light fixture that ships in a teeny tiny box and then can be assembled at home. They are currently running a Kickstarter campaign and are offering a whopping 24 colors in card stock paper and a white version in 100% recycled and recyclable vellum. Totally backing this! Join me?

Wallee | iPhone Mounting System

I like Wallee M, a simple iphone wall mounting system.

Hello Hickies, Bye Bye Shoelaces

Hickies turns your sneakers into slip-on shoes. Say goodbye to shoe-laces. I am sure my 6 year old would approve.

Flint and Tinder: Premium Men’s Underwear

My friend Jake Bronstein is going to shake up the world of men’s underwear: He is going to be producing super high-quality men’s underwear, entirely made in the USA. And with that, he is going to save a 100+ year-old family owned factory in the process!

Flint & Tinder gets my vote.

Wobble Bowls

Wobble Bowls are round-bottomed bowls that rock and spin, but don’t tip over, in bright toy-like colors. The designer, Jessie Philips Andersen, just launched a Kickstarter campaign to outsource the production from her own studio in Oakland, CA to a production studio in Portland, OR.

I am backing Jessie’s Kickstarter and will be one step closer to my very own Wobble Bowl. Joine me? (Love her $1 Pledge)

Walk [Your City]

WALK [YOUR CITY] is a Kickstarter project by Raleigh based Matt Tomasulo that is trying to get America walking. Consider it “guerilla wayfinding” that helps soon-to-be pedestrians find their way from place to place. The funds will go to create an open source tool that will enable anyone to create and print simple signs that indicate how many minutes by foot it takes to get to a certain destination. Simple instructions like these can shift public perception and get more folks on their feet.

I am backing this Kickstarter. Join me?

(via the awesome TBD Newsletter)

A Very Graphic Poster


Barbara deWilde is currently running a Kickstarter campaign that celebrates analog design, inspired by Graphic Design of the 1940s and 50s.

Barbara designed a poster that is made of many rectangular units. Back the project and you’ll get a customized version which you can use as a poster or cut it up and use them as calling cards. (The rectangles are business card size.)

More info

World’s Largest Rainbow (Birthday) Parade

My color loving studiomate Jessi is putting the dial up to 11 again, by trying to break a world record and have the world’s largest rainbow birthday parade. And you can be part of it! All you need to do is dress head to toe in one color and meet up on April 28 with Jessi and all her colorful friends. The parade, including marching band, will then parade over the Brooklyn Bridge, in chromatical order, of course.

If you can’t be part of it, you can still help make this world record happen by supporting Jessi’s Kickstarter campaign. Your money will help pay for the 20-piece marching band, balloons, cupcakes and all that jazz. I am totally a backer and will be supporting team RED at the parade. What color will you be?

Also, if you haven’t yet, watch Jessi’s CreativeMornings talk and you’ll realize just how incredibly wonderful she is.

(You might remember the photos of her first ever rainbow birthday parade in 2011)