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.
Join me in backing this campaign.
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.
I just backed CASSETTE on Kickstarter. Will you join me?
(Thank you Kendra)
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.
I just backed the project. Will you?
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.
Totally backing this campaign. Join me?
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.
Cool idea, no?
Revolights are a set of thin profile LED rings that you can attach to your bicycle rim to simulate a flashing LED light display so people can see you better on the road when you’re out at night.
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.
Visit swingsetting.org to be a part of ther next swings project.
(via curiosity counts)
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)
(thank you Kate)
This iPhone accessory called Oona made me look. (Watch the below video.)
Until June 3rd you can fund the Oona Kickstarter project for $25 and they will send you an Oona once production has begun. After the fund date an Oona can be purchased for $30. (I absolutely love the idea of putting the iphone on a rotating eggtimer to take panorama shots.)
More info at theoona.com.
I am obviously late to the game with the Dot: 360º video capture for the iPhone 4 Kickstarter campaign, as they already met their goal. How exciting is the product idea? The thought of owning one makes me giddy. Hat tip!
I love that a hug is included in the $99 pledge. Ha!
(thank you Kevin)
I am totally backing The Cosmonaut: A Wide-Grip Stylus for Touch Screens project over on Kickstarter. Join me?
(How awesome is their video?)
Visual Budget will be a data-visualization web site that explains all the complicated ins and outs of the US Federal Budget using interactive charts and motion graphics. It is a tool that lets citizens like you and me understand this important issue, armed with the latest most comprehensive facts and figures. It brings a new breadth of knowledge to our political discourse and helps us share our opinions with artistic power.
Definitely worth supporting. Back it over on Kickstarter:
The Noun Project’s mission is to share, celebrate, and enhance the world’s visual language. The goal is to collect and organize all the symbols that form our language into one easy-to-use online library that can be accessed by anyone. All the symbols on their site are completely free to download, and can be used for design projects, architecture presentations, art pieces – just about anything. The folks behind The Noun Project think a visual language that can be understood by all cultures and people is a pretty amazing thing. I fully agree.
(thank you Edward)