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Projects in the News

Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on. 

Matthew Kronsberg of Gourmet featured several great food projects, from Sweet & Stout to Homesweet Homegrown, reporting: "The food category is a small but vibrant piece of the Kickstarter project mix; 241 food and beverage-related projects brought in just over $2.8 million from 30,682 backers in 2011. The spread of funding requests reflects the general culinary zeitgeist — keyword searches turn up 118 beer projects, 80 tagged 'vegan,' and 74 tagged 'foodtruck.' And then, of course, there is the great common denominator, cupcakes, with 50 listings, including 8 vegan cupcake projects, 6 cupcake trucks, and 1 beer cupcake."

Photographer Mark Seliger showing his iconic portrait of Kurt Cobain.
Photographer Mark Seliger showing his iconic portrait of Kurt Cobain.

Tiffany Hagler-Geard of ABC News shared an early look at some of the photographs from Tim Mantoani's Archiving Photographic Legends book project: "For the past five years, Tim Mantoani, has been making portraits of noted photographers, holding their most iconic image, on the rare and huge format of a 20×24 Polaroid camera.  He created a book showcasing 158 photographers with their iconic images."

Chantaie Allick of The Toronto Star explored the successes of two documentary projects — Continental and The Jungle Prescription noting: "Toronto-based independent filmmaker Malcolm Ingram wanted to do a movie about the famed Continental bathhouses in New York City. The problem: paying for it. Instead of going the usual route of finding investors, applying for grants and pitching to broadcasters, he turned to the Internet. Specifically, to Kickstarter.com, a crowd-sourced fundraising site that allows artists and other creative types to make appeals for money, doled out in portions as small as $1, to finance projects. The platform has had a huge impact on the way independent films are funded and is changing the way filmmakers connect with audiences."

Carson Leh hand-stitching one of his custom designed bike saddles.
Carson Leh hand-stitching one of his custom designed bike saddles.

Ray Hu of Core77 spotlighted the tastefully designed Alden Seats project: "Enter Carson Leh's beautifully brogued bicycle saddles, which have far more in common with handmade dress shoes than, say, a $20,000 Hublot × BMC. Rather, they hearken back to the signature details of oxfords and derbys, a logical intersection of Leh's obsession with vintage footwear and his passion for cycling."

Rachel Lebeaux of The Boston Globe wrote about the Quinn Popcorn project: "Looking back at their journey, the Lewises said that their crowd-sourcing approach was essential to developing a product with a built-in fan base that filled a market need. 'I really believe in using your ideal end user to make a product really good,' Coulter said. 'When what you’re creating is desirable, people really want it. From there, you’re lucky to have things like Kickstarter now. A platform like that is incredible — not only for the capital, but for the emotional boost.'" 

David Gonzalez of the New York Times' Lens blog focused in on the Guatemala's Lost Photographs project: "This week, while Mr. Ríos Montt is under house arrest, Ms. Simon is reprinting her book Guatemala: Eterna Primavera, Eterna Tirania, a chronicle of the worst of the war years that builds upon her 1988 volume Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny. This time, she has raised $20,000 through Kickstarter to help produce 4,000 copies on glossy stock and with sewn bindings that will be sold for about $10 each." 


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