We've completed production of all the card banks, and are wrapping up our BackerKit setup. We're beta testing a new feature of BackerKit that allows project creators to provide T-shirt rewards and have them sent out automatically, before all the other rewards. I've always wanted to make a cool Catan T-shirt, so this seemed like a good time to take advantage of this new feature.
Here's a sneak peek of the design:
I wanted to create something representative of medieval crests, to show that the person wearing the T-Shirt is a noble citizen of Catan, and wields the power of the knight to grow their kingdom. :-)
The crest design will be white, but we're still deciding which color to place the design on. I'm leaning towards forest green, to represent the Cities and Knights expansion color. We're going to be receiving design proofs of the colors, so maybe we'll do a short poll to see which color would be most preferred by our backers once we get them.
Today also marks the launch of a cool Kickstarter I've been doing some consulting for. The Cardboard Guys are a team of guys who are looking to change the marketplace for kid's furniture. If you think about it, kid's furniture is something of an anomaly in the design industry, as it's the only furniture segment that the target user is guaranteed to outgrow and no longer find useful. There are entire companies dedicated to recycling and reselling kid's furniture/clothing to new users. Not everyone takes advantage of these, though, which means a lot of the furniture just ends up in landfills. The Cardboard Guys have created an affordable and strong desk/chair combo that's made entirely out of cardboard. Not only is it recyclable, it's super robust and is the only furniture that you can actually ENCOURAGE your kids to draw on and customize to make it their own. I realized after I began working with this team, that the current state of kid's furniture really doesn't make sense. It doesn't make sense to provide kids with smaller versions of standard furniture. When I was a kid I drew on everything I could get my hands on. Nobody wants to spend money on some Pottery Barn Kids furniture and then have their child grab a Sharpie and turn it into the Castle of Doom. Kids are going to be creative, and the Imagination Desk encourages that, which I think is pretty cool. I don't have any financial stake in their company, I've just been helping them a bit, and I think they're a team of honest, enthusiastic guys who deserve some support to get started. Also, they made a custom one for Catan. I mean come on, how sweet is this: