New Projects Are Clumsy Robots

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Every Monday, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with the masses (we can't help it — we get excited!). You can check out our choices this week, below, but make sure to stop by our Discover page to find even more. So many good projects, so little time!

It Rides Upon Us — DC TO NYC & Back By Rail, In Photographs, by Ross Goodwin

Ross presents a compelling argument for why his project is politically and socially relevant (urban blight, abandoned homes, underutilized space) and why it's important for him to complete this book. It's often easy to disappear into our personal shells while walking, riding, or driving — a mentality easily reinforced by the universal presence of things like iPhones, headphones, and (I hate to admit it) e-books. Our private interests and personal distractions are so completely mobile! Watching Ross's video tugged at a part of me that feels like it should make more of an effort to be a conscious observer of the life immediately around me. I'm eager to see what he ultimately produces. — Cassie M. 

Flamingo Rampant! Gender Independent Kids Books, by S. Bear Bergman

Many years ago now, S. Bear Bergman visited my Gender Studies class at our little Midwestern, very Catholic college and blew all of our newly-radicalized, 20-year-old minds. Bear is a writer, storyteller, performer, "gender-jammer," and Flamingo Rampant is the really terrific name of his small press for "gender independent" children's books. Imagine stories full of wish fairies and kids named Tulip, stories that tackle things like little boys who want to be little girls, and stories where trans-identified kids or kids of trans-parents can see their families in books for what is probably the very first time, and feel a little bit better about who they are. — Meaghan O.

Project Coffee Pot, by James Kelly

Add cake and a cat to your morning coffee and you get — an experience. So say Ben Kelly and Adam Conrad, the writers behind a theater-come-performance-art piece called Project Coffee Pot. A fictional story based on factual events about St. Paul, Minnesota, the production incorporates live painting, dance, poetry, and song as audience members get taken on a guided tour through an evolving set. Come for the coffee and leave knowing a little bit more than you ever thought possible about the building of Interstate 94 and the resulting destruction of the Rondo neighborhood. — Daniella J. 

Roda: A Clumsy Robot Stumbles Through Happical Zoo, by Feric Feng

While Feric Feng has worked as a conceptual designer for major properties like Final Fantasy and Animatrix, RODA is a personal project that takes his beautiful east-meets-west illustrative work and transforms them into an interactive iOS game. The combination of one-of-a-kind artwork, a heartwarming story, and puzzle-based game mechanics means you'll be staring into your iPhone for (even more) hours on end. Check out some of Feric's jaw-dropping artwork here.  — Cindy A. 

Walk the Honey Road with Balyolu, by Catherine Jaffee

I am really, really addicted to honey. My old housemate would joke about how I'd go "crazy on the honey" when making glazes, or roasting sweet potatoes, or having breakfast, or using a spoon to straight eat it out of the jar, or you know...whatever. Turkey's Northeast is home to an insanely diverse array of flowers (over 2,000 species!), resulting in some of the "most sophisticated honey on earth." So yes, I want to go to there. These particular expeditions will be led by women training to be world-class beekeepers and rural entrepreneurs, which is another thing I love, plus there's the ample use of "buzz" as a pun throughout their project video. What a sweet adventure. — Cassie M. 

Threads, by Julia Wang

We here at Kickstarter are no strangers to Bhutan, though, in reality, we kind of are since, well, as far as I know, none of us have ventured to the distant land. Julia Wang's Threads project makes me hope to reverse this quite soon. Wang points us to the rich Bhutan's rich textile tradition, which she is profiling in a new documentary. Personally, I might have trouble watching this documentary, if only because the entire time I will be thinking about how these boots would look on me. — Mike M.

theNewerYork Lit Mag: We M∑§§ w/ Yoµr H£åd, by theNewerYork

TheNewerYork want to "hijack your internal narrative, get you out of your life for a bit and into something else." And I have faith they can do this, because they've done it before. I like what they're making — upside-down-inside-out stories, unfamous quotes, fake glossaries, and the like— and also kind of love their attitude problem toward the general literary establishment. As founder Josh says in the project video: "In general, we don't care about the greater literary culture. We simply want to publish the twenty or thirty lines, sometimes more, that will move you." Never heard a mission statement I've liked more in my life. — Cassie M. 

    1. Jeff Lafferty on

      These look like some really cool projects!

    2. Julie Goodman on

      Agreed! I love those wallets!

    3. Chris Myles on

      Anything with honey, Bees are the best! Can't live without.

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