One of the most fascinating things about the design category at Kickstarter is seeing how people push the progress of everyday objects into new realms, whether it's the physical design of the product or the more technical aspects. Paying attention to new design is like looking into the future. We asked Jasmina Grase, one of the inventors of the MIITO sustainable alternative to the electric kettle, to share some of her favorite links, and now we're sharing them with you this week on Happening, as well as archiving them below.
8 Tracks—Music keeps the mind awake and the body happy :) Our dynamic minds of 21st century are too hectic to commit to one artist or band. I love the option to select music by my mood and explore new artists with each song.
Todoist and Itsalmo.st—We are big fans of planing, calendars and to-do lists. As well as countdowns. We also had a countdown for when we will be online on Kickstarter. But on an every day basis, I love to use the Todoist app on my phone and computer.
Your Name in Gum—Typefaces are one of those little design miracles we have in front of us all the time, but we mostly notice them only when we are confronted with bad examples. I am big fan of following new typeface design, but sometimes people just do fun things. This site also allows you to express yourself through the use of chewing gum.
The Jealous Curator—The Jealous Curator indeed makes me jealous. I wish my brain would be so artistic and wonderful like the creators of the works that are showed on the website. It's a beautiful inspiration, and makes you want to follow many of the artists featured on the site.
Cache Monet—This is just the coolest website ever. I want to make a party of just this website on the screen for the whole night. (Turn on the sound when you look at it!)
Humanae—Our designs have never been very colorful. I think the worst task is to work with pastel and very soft tones. I just don’t know how to handle them! This website offers wonderful selection of skin colors that are taken from photos of people. Beautiful!
Dezeen—Unbeatable trend setter and the best source for product design news.
Materia—Very educational and inspirational website of innovative materials. The content is updated every week with both experimental and commercial materials.
TED Talks—Of course TED talks are on here. An exceptional source for inspiration and entertainment.
Yanni Girard—Nice essays and articles written from a very personal point of view. How to be an entrepreneur, how to be convinced of your own decisions, and just how to handle your busy life.
Alex Quisite—Tumblr site of my dear Greek friend Alex who has extremely good and funky taste for images. For me, looking at his site is always a silent dialogue with him.
Mauvais Gout—Sometimes you just have to look at crazy things to get your mind going. This one is my French friend's favorite site to pick out confusing images.
DesignSpiration—Inspiration for graphic design. Here the functionality of the work is unimportant. It's all about the shape, color, and rhythm. Simple and elegant.