Constellation Quilt

Our studio neighbor and friend Emily Fisher launched a Kickstarter campaign for her truly stunning Constellation Quilts. One of the best Kickstarter videos I have seen in a while. Emily is wonderful and deserves our support.

POTHRA | Coffee Grounds Gone Decorative Pots

NOOKA founder Matthew Waldman created a new product, called POTHRA a flower pot made out of used coffee grounds. Love the idea.

Check out the POTHRA Kickstarter!

The YogoMat

The YogoMat is an eco-friendly yoga mat that folds and secures to fit in bags and purses and is easy to clean. Best of all, it’s 100% recyclable.

Urban Tour Project

Thomas Callahan makes high quality bikes here in Brooklyn. Yes!

OpenFrame

Do you have dozens of posters that are just lying around in tubes or drawers? Then OpenFrame is for you! Custom framing can be expensive and is limited to holding one size of print. Jeff Sheldon & Matthew Smith designed OpenFrame as a simple, flexible way to hang posters, prints, and photos of various sizes and configurations.

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.