Every week, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with all of you. This week we have some awe-inspiring stuff, from dinosaurs to leather goods to tiny picnic tables. And maybe some things that feel like magic. Check it out!
SCULPTURE: Digital Dinosaur: Dryptosaurus
Holy Jurassic Park! Tyler Keillor basically is living every 8 year old's dream life as a paleoartist, or a person that literally creates dinosaurs. Sculptures of dinosaurs, that is, but still! Tyler makes dinosaur models for scientists, researchers and museums, but now he's undertaking an epic personal project to make the most realistic reconstruction of a dinosaur called the dryptosaurus that's ever been attempted. The dino-centric rewards for this project are suitably amazing — you can get an insightful live presentation from Tyler, or even small to large casts and wall-hangings of various dinosaurs.
PRODUCT DESIGN: Impossible Instant Lab: Turn iPhone Images into Real Photos
The Impossible Lab is doing something pretty incredible: allowing you to transform your iPhone pictures into instant, real life photos you can touch. All you do is put your iPhone in the cradle and slide open the shutter on the base. When the exposure is finished, you just close the shutter, push the button and the photo pops out, shifting seamlessly from the digital world into your real life hands. Magic! (We want one, desperately.)
ART BOOK: In A Place (an art book)
In A Place is a book of photographs featuring beautiful landscapes, but there's something a little bit different. Each image has a picnic table whose ambiguous scale forces the viewer to have a shift in perspective. The hand-sculpted miniature picnic tables are placed in commonly overlooked neighborhood environments in such a way that makes you think about the beauty of natural environments.
CRAFTS: ML Leather Goods & More
ML Leather, a small business run from home, make hand-crafted wallets, travel bags, knick knacks, jewelry, and more, using traditional tools of the trade. Now, they are launching a new line that focuses on the needs of the traveler, first time parents, and the artisan. With hand-casted solid copper, welded stainless steel hardware and more, they're creating beautiful goods that you can wear proudly.
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Seasons in the Sanctuary
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located on a migration pathway for many species, including humpback whales, dolphins, seals, grey whales, killer whales, sea lions and sea otters, seabirds, and leatherback turtles. Doug Ross (who did the illustration above) is a marine mammal rescue volunteer as well as designer and artist, and he and a crew are creating a poster and pocket guide showcasing all the migrations that are going on in the area. Neat!