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!
There's been a recent boon in city-inspired typefaces on Kickstarter, and each time a new one launches, I fall a little more in love with the idea. Typefaces designed with history! passion! community! memory! A way of archiving and disseminating these things for the entire world to use and reuse (and reuse). I believe that when things are designed thoughtfully, and with great passion, those qualities transfer to the public that interacts with them. And the best designed things are those that eventually transcend their sources of inspiration — they become invisible, valuable tools. When all is said and done, you may not know that this typeface came from a city, but I guarantee you will feel the energy and commitment that were integral to its creation — Cassie M.
Josh Bayer makes Suspect Device by taking old comics panels out of context and drawing a new, improvised context around them. If you want to get a better idea and are at least 17 years of age, check out the video. The first issue has been selling all over the world and getting some nice accolades. For Issue #2, Josh is bringing over 60 artists on board to participate in this guaranteed hilarious, sometimes profane, collaborative experiment. Snagging a copy also gets you a personal doodle from Josh. Of what I'm not sure... — Daniella J.
Over here at Kickstarter we're no stranger to kinetic sculptures that create music, and we like to think of that as a really awesome quality. From Swoon to open source bike synthesizers to this, Machines, Kris Perry's new project which blends sculpture, music, and performance art and presents them as a unified whole piece. Using industrial machines as his base, Perry is working with the likes of Elvis Perkins, Otto Hauser (Vetiver), Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) to bring these mechanical music-making sculptures to life in the Hudson Valley. It's times like these I really wish I an extra two grand lying around to pick up one of these beautiful cigar box triple variable oscillators, but I'm happy to settle for a ticket to the performance. — Mike M.
Poitín (pronounced "puh-cheen") is an age-old, traditional Irish spirit (booze not ghosts) that was banned by the British in 1661. 300 years later, the ban has expired and Poitín is back in the game. And Ashlee Casserley, who moved to the U.S. from Ireland after grad school (and years of working in her parents' pub!) is just the lass to bring it stateside. Poitín (Gaelic for "little pots" — namely, the small copper pots used by home distillers) is clear and "medicinal" (we've found this to usually mean STRONG) and Poitín 1661 will be a handcrafted, small batch, pure pot still spirit made with locally sourced Irish ingredients (potatoes; Catholic guilt). — Meaghan O.
Regular playing cards are boring. I'm using my pack of classic bicycle designs to make some of these, and then I'm getting myself a pack of feminist playing cards. Designed by feminists, for feminists, and featuring feminists, this is the most women power I've ever seen packed into a pack of anything. I don't think this is going to improve my poker skills, but it'll certainly improve my attitude problem. Um... wait. No, yeah, still want these. — Cassie M.
The only thing I'm good at doing with time is losing track of it, so I am always extra intrigued by the new and fascinating ways that other people have found to engage with it. Enter the Manifold Clock. Based on the mathematical notion of Riemann surfaces, the two hands of the clock are connected with pieces of flexible (and, I admit it, pretty) fabric. Each minute that passes changes the shape it takes and the space that it occupies — a lovely dovetailing of modern design with basic mechanics. If I had one of these, maybe I'd finally start getting to work on time? (That's a big question mark.) But nevertheless, I would love to have it on one of my walls. — Cassie M.