Projects in the News
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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."
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."
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."