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From Kickstarter to the MoMA Design Store: How it Happened

  1. MoMA Design Store and Kickstarter

    Designers from around the world have come to Kickstarter over the past five years to bring their creations to life. They’ve created world-class products with the help of hundreds of thousands of people, and have helped usher in an exciting and democratic new era of product design.

    Today those efforts reach an incredible milestone with the launch of a collaboration between Kickstarter and the MoMA Design Store. For the next two months, 24 Kickstarter-funded projects will be available through the MoMA Design Store in New York City, and online. These products were hand-selected by MoMA’s amazing curators, and feature some of the most exciting new products in the world of design. You can explore these selections here.

    These are not the first Kickstarter-funded products to land in the MoMA Design Store. Last year the Amplifiear, an iPad speaker that was supported by 1,453 backers, entered the store. Shortly thereafter, the 3Doodler, the Lumio, Frank, and the Musguard were also selected.

    Kickstarter has quickly become a hub for the global design community, and has pioneered a sea change in how designers work. To date, more than $158.8 million has been pledged to 7,778 design projects on Kickstarter by thousands of people all over the world.

    This collaboration between Kickstarter and the MoMA Design Store is a moment of real cultural significance. Here are works created by designers and the public, sharing and collaborating, showcased in one of the most revered institutions of the world. We’re all capable of creating incredible things.

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  2. Interview: Josh Raab on Photojournalism and Global Gun Culture

    Photo by Benjamin Petit

    Jay Peg's is a magazine that features a number of great photojournalists covering a certain theme per issue, with the first issue devoted to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, and the second the relief efforts. For Raab's latest issue, the third, Raab and a stable of photographers expand their reach to cover global gun culture. The images are powerful, sometimes disturbing, and often unexpectedly beautiful.

    Can you describe your process for putting together an issue of Jay Peg's?

    I generally keep close tabs on the emerging photographers I admire, including not only what they're shooting but where they're shooting. The first two issues covered Hurricane Sandy aftermath/recovery and were pretty localized. For this issue I wanted to utilize Jay Peg's international roster of photographers. They were already either living or working in the countries where they shot their projects. Gun culture as a topic is both constant and universal. Also, events such as Sandy Hook and the Navy Yard shootings have opened back up the gun debate here in the US. We have a tendency not to base our policymaking on the successes and failures of foreign policy. My hope is that this would help people to take into account both other countries as well as our own past.

    Talking about guns is controversial. Do you feel like the work in this issue leans in a certain direction? Or is it neutral?

    Most stories on guns are very anti-guns. I can probably count the number of truly compelling pro-gun stories on one hand. I'm really not interested in picking sides. My goal is to get people thinking, and have them come to their own (hopefully more informed) conclusions. For this reason the topic is gun culture rather than gun control.

    Photo by Johnny Milano

    What do you think this issue has to say about guns?

    That's really for the viewer to decide. So in that vein: There are a lot of them, everywhere, and has been for a long time. There ya go!

    Do you have a personal favorite image?

    I have a soft spot for the complexity of Benjamin Petit's Yemen images. They serve as a great juxtaposition to the simplicity and order of Bjorn Haldorsen's portraits (he shot the cover). Johnny Milano's Neo-Nazi border patrol images scare the crap out of me, and Juan [Lopez]'s Guatemala crime scene images haunt me in my sleep. Pretty pictures are always nice, but important ones are my favorites.

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