“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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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] 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.
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.)
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.
Some of you might remember this post, with which I tried to help Yuki Kokubo raise money for her parents in Japan after the devastating earthquake last year. Her parents lost their jobs after the disasters and had no money saved, so Yuki sold photographs to support them. She was able to raise enough money to support them until things picked back up. Her parents are back to doing pottery, and her dad is back at his part-time job doing excavation work. The business has been slower than before, but they can not complain as nobody died in their family. So many lives were lost.
Yuki and her parents have not been very close since they went back to Japan when she was 16, but the disasters really made her realize the fault in the way her family has been relating – or rather not relating to each other. So she went to visit them a couple of times last year and started filming them as they worked, and recorded her conversations as they reflected on topics like life after the disasters, family, death, and art. And then she decided to make a film. The film aims to dig deep into how people in Japan have been emotionally affected by the disasters, and her piece is supposed to honor creativity, and aims to highlight the importance of art in the world.
Yuki is now trying to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter to finish the documentary and her family and herself are offering many handmade goods for contributions. Touching.
A few months ago, the term cassette tape was taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary. (!!!) It may seem ironic, then, that the cassette has experienced a quiet comeback over the last few years, as independent labels issuing tape-only releases have begun popping up around the world. I can’t even tell you how many fond memories I have of the days when cassette tapes ruled my music life. Do you remember the days being angry at a radio announcers when they’d start talking before the song was over and screwed up your recording of a song? I do!
That’s why I just backed a project on Kickstarter that plans to create a movie, entirely documenting the beauty of Cassette Tapes. They’ll look at all parts of popular culture influenced by the cassette, including hip-hop and B-Boy culture, indie rock, home recording, and beyond.
Would you go and see a documentary about Charlie Todd’s Improv Everywhere, the king of NYC flash mobs, such as Invisible Dogs, No Paints Subway Ride and Black Tie Beach just to mention a few. I would! And we can, if we help them reach their Kickstarter fundraising goal. They are currently at a $115,253 of a $125,00 goal. And there are only 25hours to go.
For the past 10 years, Molly Moodward has been photographing environmental typography and organized her images by place and category on VernacularTypography.com. As of now, the website has over 5,000 images of urban typography from 10 different countries, including Argentina, The Bahamas, Chile, Cuba, England, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the US.
Molly just started a Vernacular Typography Kickstarter Campaign to help build up her digital archive. It’s a beautiful projects which helps preserve, and promote the vanishing examples of lettering in the everyday environment.
Here’s a Kickstarter project that made me look: The team behind Sensu is trying to bring a true painting experience to your iPad.
They developed Sensu out of their desire to have an authentic brush to use with our favorite drawing and painting apps on iPhone and iPad. And smart: When closed the Sensu brush reveals a useful rubber stylus tip.
Swings is public art project by Jeff Waldman. What started last year as a conversation about the simplistic pleasures of swings has launched into a multi-city experiment in unexpected joy and cerebral happiness.
It’s a universal message. An appeal to celebrate the passions of our youth, to give in to simplistic urges, but mostly, to remind people of the difference a smile can make in their day and the infectious effect that a smile has on those they encounter.
I have written about the +Pool concept before and am thrilled to see that the team at Dong-Ping Wong are trying to make it happen. Considering that this floating pool could potentially become reality right outside our Studiomates windows is making me giddy.
They started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 to begin physical tests of the filtration materials and methods that they spent the winter studying. With each donation amount you’ll receive an article of + Pool summertime attire, from tantoos and koozies on up to sunglasses, tanktops and towels.
I am so totally backing this and encourage you to do the same.
Now here’s another Kickstarter Project that made me look. Red Pop is a big red camera button that you add to your iPhone 4 – it turns your iPhone into a ‘proper’ camera and helps lessen the game of ‘find the fire button’ when you want to take pictures on your iPhone. Definitely a great idea! More info at red-pop.com
(While I like the product Idea, the video is quite tame compared to the Freaker I posted yesterday)