Emily Gould and Ruth Curry have been hand-picking dark yet illuminating, subversive books for more than three years as the publishers of Emily Books. The digital feminist subscription service offers one juicy read each month, celebrating and promoting writers that are ripe for discovery (or rediscovery, in the case of many of their re-issues). As Emily Books looks to broaden its scope and provide a new and improved online space for its community to gather, we talked to Gould and Curry about their working relationship, their tastes, and how to market a book that doesn’t neatly fit into traditional publishing categories.Read more
A little over a year ago, Bianca Cheng Costanzo launched her Bloom Blanket project. The blanket simulated the folds of origami, but was not just an art piece, it could keep you warm too. As we watched the pledges for this intricate object come in, we wondered how she'd be able to manufacture them on such a large scale. Now that the blankets are in production, we asked her to tell us how she did it.Read more
As Pebble’s latest project nears $20 million in pledges, on top of $10 million the first time, it still might seem odd that the company decided to return to Kickstarter. But the truth is that creators come back to Kickstarter every day. In fact, creators who have run more than one project have received over $511 million in pledges — nearly a third of all money pledged on Kickstarter.
By now that’s not so unusual: 22,000 Kickstarter creators — 12% of all of them — have launched more than one project. It’s easy to see why. The funding success rate for creators who come back after a successfully funded project is nearly double that of the overall site average — and their next projects do even better.Read more
It’s not a question of whether or not the frenetic pace of contemporary society will twirl you into a panic, but when. As we hurtle around the sun on this spaceship we call earth, giving ourselves a moment to contemplate how small we are can leave us feeling quite strange indeed.
This is why speaking with photographer Rachel Sussman about her series The Oldest Living Things in the World makes for a meditative, calming experience. As her photos are installed in the Kickstarter gallery for Art & Photography Month, we had the distinct pleasure of hearing about the deep perspective that Sussman has gained through ten years of studying and photographing living organisms that are 2,000 years old, or older.Read more
Last year, musician Jonathan Coulton and writer Greg Pak teamed up to create Code Monkey Save World, a comic inspired by one of Coulton's popular folk songs. The end result was incredible, so much so that they're back with their new children's book, The Princess Who Saved Herself. But how do you go from a song to an entirely original comic book in the first place? We asked Pak how they did it.Read more
Blast Theory is an artist group from the UK working with interactive multimedia, and the projects they work on consistently blur the lines between art, technology, performance, and participation. They also run the gamut of subject matter: consider, for example, "Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant," in which the participant stays on the phone while faced with intense decisions about political actions, and "Ivy4Evr," a SMS-based series of interactions where the main character talks to participants (usually teens) about family, friends, sex, substance abuse and more. Their latest project, the Kickstarter-funded "Karen," is a life-coaching app that uses psychological analysis on you as you play — and progressively gets a little weirder.
Recently, Matt Adams from Blast Theory came to Kickstarter HQ to talk about the narrative power of gameplay. Watch the video for clips of the projects above.
Welcome back to our twice-fortnightly rundown of some of the things that've been happening in and around our world. Right now we’re all weirdly cold and dreading this impending snow that is apparently going to happen — much to everyone’s chagrin, so we’re updating you from the comfort of our warm desks, glancing out the window and glaring, but finding solace in the wide world of Kickstarter. Some highlights:Read more