What better to celebrate the launch of our fancy new profile page than with a breakdown by category of some super cool, slightly under the radar projects? Hopefully you'll find one you like enough to back — because once your category pie chart is full, you might be in for a sweet surprise. (But shh, don't let anybody know we told you that.)
If you love cartoons and comics, you may love Ray Sumser. He's turning the entire cartoon universe into a large-scale drawing, and backers can weigh in with character suggestions! There's also Trimpin's Mighty Tieton Sound Space, a project to transform an abandoned apple storage warehouse into an interactive sound installation that the audience can play through an iPhone app. And, in the spirit of election season, there's a candle collection inspired by American democracy. (Must click.)
Speaking of comics, Hugh Crawford does a wry daily comic strip called Crimes Against Hugh's Manatees, featuring different animals pontificating on the meaning of life. If you like your creatures of a more mythical variety, in KoryBing's Skin Deep: Exchanges - The Secret Life of Monster People, they live hidden from human society thanks to magical medallions that make the wearer look human.
Watch a pair of swing dancers shake, rattle, and roll — from below! The short dance film Syncopation will put their boogie-woogiers on a thick glass plate, so they can be filmed from underneath. The slow-motion shots are breathtaking.
Design is a category of many possibilities, so fittingly, we have Sprout, which is a pencil that wants to be a plant when it grows up. Plant it when it’s too short to use and the seeds inside will grow into flowers and veggies! Next up is a multi-functional lounge chair made of two identically “L” shaped elements that can be easily folded and stored in a small space. Neat.
Geltfiend are on a mission to make Hannukah sweaters cool enough to wear in all seasons, because “everything is better in a sweater.” Even Santa agrees. There’s also The Paraders, a collection of a pretty vintage dresses with (thankfully) modern cuts, and this guy, who has thoroughly impressed us by learning how to custom make jeans in his living room.
With over 70 hours of footage in Syria, Turkey, Europe and North America, WAJD is a documentary about exploring Arab-Ottoman music and iits delicate relationship with Islam. And on an entirely different note, We're Having Sex is about a couple that decide to either have sex that night, or break up. Stakes are high!
Craft cocktail bitters inspired by ancient herbology recipes from China, and handmade in California? Check, check, and check-hiccup-mate. Welcome, Five by Five. Plus, how we could not love the first ever one-a-day internet bakey? The crafty kids behind Defcon Yum brainstorm one, fiendishly delicious sounding baked good each day, collect orders through their website, then deliver ‘em straight to your doorstep, as freshly baked as your favorite coffeeshop.
If you’re in the mood for some scary game projects, you’re in luck! Are You A Werewolf? is a fun party project where you and your friends maintain secretly assigned roles as a Villager, the Seer or one of two Werewolves and accuse each other of treachery. Another creepily fun option is tremulus, which lets you and your friends make terrifying stories together.
The Limosuines are a hardworking and super popular SF-based band who have taken to Kickstarter for their next record. The Music Tapes have been cranking out idiosyncratic tunes for decades, and the tour for their latest record will find them thinking characteristically outside of the box — and into a traveling circus tent, which they’ll use to transform spaces into dreamlike environments for a night of music, games, films, and general “amusements.”
Photography is, of course, so much about preserving history. Pete Pin’s family is among the survivors of the horrific state-sponsored genocides of the twentieth century in Cambodia. His project is to document the Cambodian Diaspora and collect their stories. Over in Florida, Ann and Joe Burkart have their own collection of glass negatives from the turn of the century in America that they want to restore and digitize.
No Experiences is the charming-as-all-hell self-published chapbook of a writer who takes inspiration from the infamous tweets of Twitterbot @horse_ebooks. Hop in the Saddle is a DIY guide to Portland’s thriving craft beer scene. For the high-minded, Parabolis is a beautifully illustrated fantasy novel featuring conspiracy theories, clandestine love affairs, betrayal, and — obviously — plenty of adventure.
Space exploration is a hot topic these days, and SkyCube, a nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and tweet from space, makes it accessible to everyone. The Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit sounds intimidating, but they are really trying to make a "SHAZAM for materials" to help investigate chemical spills, diagnose crop diseases and more.
A one hour theater piece that combines charming (trust us, watch the project video) stop-motion animation with live theater. If there was anything that could reawaken in us the childish magic of attending a live theater show, this would be it. We’re also fans of The Origins project, a pairing of two, critically acclaimed one-woman shows about the experience of being adult Korean adoptees.