Give yourselves a round of applause!
We did it! At about 2:15pm PST the campaign got its 5000th backer and we got a $10,000 grant from The Design Matters Institute.
To everyone who gave generously, badgered relentlessly, and cajoled seductively, I am in your debt. It was a real team effort.
I owe a big thanks to design goddess Debbie Millman and The Design Matters Institute for believing in the show and including us in her grand mission to make design matter more to everyone. I’m honored by her support.
We put out a great new episode on Monday, about an effort to name all the invisible and overlooked public spaces that surround us. It also references one of my favorite childhood movies. Our own Sam Greenspan produced it. Sam is in rural Arkansas, I believe, on his way out to the Bay Area to work with me full time. Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a short message from Sam on the side of I-40.
There are about 65 more hours remaining. I have slept very little, lost weight, grown a beard. The campaign has exceeded my wildest dreams. I can’t thank you enough for making this happen.
While we have the world’s attention, I’m going to bang the drum a little bit more and see how far we can take this. People are continuing to give at a furious pace, so I’m going to strike while the iron is hot.
Friday August 10 at 4PM PST/7PM EST is the finish line. I’m taking Saturday night off. You should too, except my sister, who is watching my kids for me.