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  1. Best Publishing Project

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    Punk Mathematics by Tom Henderson 

    Tom Henderson’s Punk Mathematics may be the first recorded instance of a math book going viral. A math teacher at Portland State University by day and an improv comic by night, Tom’s unorthodox approach to teaching and riotously engaging project video took Kickstarter by storm — the project ended up raising 1200% of its original goal with over a thousand backers. In addition to the book itself, Tom offered online games, videos, “mindbendy mathematical weirdness,” and a 24-hour Math Emergency Hotline. In short, a killer project executed brilliantly.
     
    Honorable Mention: Melissa Grant and Meaghan O’Connell brought real stories about sex to hundreds of backers with their anthology Coming & Crying; Chunklet Magazine’s The Indie Cred Test launched a war on cool with one of the best pitch videos ever and some of the most hilarious update videos — yes — ever; and Christine Forster launched a delightful collaborative campaign to bring “esoteric love to the mainstream” with 1000 Haiku, 1000 Strangers.

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  2. Best Small Project

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    A House in California by Jake Elliott

    A black and white homage to 8-bit adventure games of yore, A House in California is a minimalist point-and-click adventure game that already feels like a classic. Creator Jake Elliott took his approach to experimental new levels when he decided to both offer the game for free online and release the source code to players, enabling them to add their own, new elements. The concept hit home, reaching more than twice its funding goal throughout its brief duration, and eventually scoring a nomination for an Independent Gaming Award.

    Honorable Mention: More big ideas on miniature budgets, Kyle McCoy’s Project Springfield recreated the Simpson’s notorious city as 3D pixel art; EFFALO’s open-source, bicycle powered synthesizer, Velosynth; and Cheong-ah Hwang’s meticulously handcrafted characters for Red Riding Hood Paper Sculpture.

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