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New Projects Are VALUCO

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!

VALUCO Font Design, by Aesthetic Apparatus

Minneapolis-based design studio Aesthetic Apparatus have built up quite the repertoire of work over the last 13 years, ranging from rocking show posters to art prints. One of their previous projects involved creating a set of parody window signs displaying text like "Sorry, We're DRUNK" and "Yes, We're BROKE." The bold, beveled font they designed for the project is called VALUCO, and ready to be transformed into a set of three overlapping fonts that anyone can own. Whether you want to make your own hilarious signs or just like cool typography, this is one eye-catching font you'll want to add to your arsenal of type.  — Cindy A.

Girls Who Drew Horses, by Meghann McCracken

The sites and sounds in this video alone are enough to make me want to fly down to New Orleans to catch this performance. Girls Who Drew Horses sprouted from a series of monologues that playwright Meghann McCracken explored alongside director Rebecca Frank and four local actors. Now, with the combined forces of composer Nick Jaina and multimedia artist Kourtney Keller, Meghann's words hit the stage full force in a tale about a traveling woman confronted by the ghosts of her youth through dialogue with an abandoned Japanese doll. — Daniella J.

Simon Joyner Double Album, by Simon Joyner

To indie music fans, Simon Joyner needs no introduction. He's been releasing records for two decades on labels like Shrimper, Jagjaguar, Secretly Canadian, Team Love and, extremely apt for his honest folk tunes, Truckstop. Well, its 2012 and despite his canon, Joyner is setting out on his own for his latest, a double record set to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of his first record. And a double album it shall be, in the same sense as Blonde on BlondeTago Mago and Husk, Joyner has his heart set on getting this piece out into the world at large. "I believe the tangible, physical thing, the album itself as art object, is what keeps songwriting and recording exciting for me.” Right there with ya, Simon. — Mike M.

North Mountain Pastures , by Brooks

Two reasons I support this. One, the ethics behind it (sustainable enterprise, well-treated animals, hand/home-cured product from fresh meat). Two, I simply just want to eat all of it. ALL of it. Brooks and Anna have been working together for years, and (as an obvious result), they're experts in their field. They're also passionate advocates of responsible farming practices, which is something that I find hugely important. ALSO, look at their farm. Really cool stuff. — Cassie M.

Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature, by Willie Fitzgerald

I fell in love with this project at the one minute and fifty three second mark of the video, when the creators depict "bringing authors and readers together" as a big, group hug. Mostly, though, I just really like books. And I like discovering new ones, and meeting the people behind them, and having discussions about what has inspired them, and thinking about the future of the written word, and things like that. Turns out, book festivals are a really ideal place to engage in all of these activities. So, I wish I could transport myself to Seattle for this festival. As it stands, though, I'm happy to settle for supporting them on Kickstarter! Um, also make sure not to miss their dance skills (again, watch the video). — Cassie M. 

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