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.
Rachel Arndt of Fast Company interviewed the filmmakers behind documentary projects The Debutante Hunter and Indie Game: The Movie as part of a feature that listed Kickstarter as one of "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies": "Kickstarter stimulates a conversation between viewer and filmmaker and creates a presold audience — something most movies covet. 'Not only do these people know about our film, but they’re invested in it,' Swirsky says of his film’s 1,600-plus donors, who have contributed almost $95,000. Trilogy, anyone?"
NPR's "All Things Considered" produced a segment on the audio adventure game project Zombies, Run!: "The premise of 'Zombies, RUN!' is simple: you are 'Runner 5' set out on a mission to collect supplies and accomplish different objectives in a post-apocalyptic world. The app takes you through 13 audio missions, all which feature an ongoing story that you are an active part of and that involves the occasional zombie chase."
Meanwhile, Jon Kalish of NPR's "Weekend Edition" profiled the creator of the Global Village Construction Set: "Do-it-yourselfers have made everything from bamboo bicycles to 3-D printers, but nothing as ambitious as what's happening on a farm in northwest Missouri where tractors and other industrial machines are being made from scratch."
Suzanne Labarre of FastCoDesign wrote about the currently funding Chatype project, which aims to create a unique typeface for the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee: "Chatype is a boxy serif typeface designed to tip a hat to both the city’s manufacturing history and its arts-minded future. 'The square geometry of the typeface lends a futuristic feel,' Mansfield says. 'The slab serifs are contemporary but also speak to the industrial past. Also included in the font is a stencil variant: a nod to the local design scene and a nod to industry.'"
Hannah Miet of the New York Times uncovered ten imaginative NYC-based projects. They ranged from a hip-hop musical of the Lower East Side called Death Boogie, which features "a trio that mixes hip-hop, poetry, beat-boxing, violin and upright bass," to an audio history project called Heavenly Sight, which is set to "develop a living-history website on blind musicians," to the tasty, Brooklyn-based Snap food truck, which will serve Chicago-style hot dogs, and run on the leftover oil from their deep fryer.