17.11.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Folding Electric Bike That Fits Inside A Backpack

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Introducing the world’s smallest folding electric bike that actually fits inside of a backpack! The “Impossible” was just launched on Kickstarter and has already more than tripled its funding goal. It can travel up to 12.4 mph for 45 minutes or at normal speed for up to 15.6 miles. Watch the video, to see someone actually riding the bike, below.

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24.10.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: “The Sa” Innovative Origami-like Umbrella

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Justin Nagelberg and Matthew Waldman have designed an umbrella called, The Sa, that does away with the inner skeleton that most umbrellas have. Its striking unibody design also allows for easy repair, and is made of environmentally conscious materials to make it highly recyclable.

Watch the video below!

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02.10.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual

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Designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth found a beautiful specimen of modern design; a rare copy of the 1970 New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual in the basement of design firm Pentagram. First they turned it into a website, and now they’re turning it into a gorgeous book. Watch the video below!

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23.09.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Madsteez’s Film and Mural

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My good friend Mark Paul Deren aka Madsteez is one of my absolute favourite people to hang with, and one of the most talented artists I know. He’s painted murals all over the world, and done so with one regular eye and one crazy eye. By crazy eye I mean he can’t see anything out of it other than random colour gradients; a rare condition he was born with.

Mark is teaming up with a filmmaker named Jamie Heinrich to make a short film, and they’re using Kickstarter to fund the project in a pretty unique way. Mark will be painting a mural made of up to 1,000 20″ x 20″ sections and donors to the project will each get one of the painted sections.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of the film they’re making!

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11.09.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: The DNA Project

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Jonathan Dagan, better known as j.viewz, is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and producer. You may recognize him as the guy who performed that incredible cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” using electronics hooked up to vegetables (watch the performance here).

Dagan has teamed up with digital agency Hello Monday to re-invent the way an artist releases an album. The DNA Project is a 10-month experience which invites fans to be a part of the album-making process. When the album is complete listeners will have the ability to explore the DNA of the entire album, tracing back, step by step, to the genesis of each song.

Watch the video below to get a clearer picture of the project!

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08.07.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: $35,000 Potato Salad

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It’s been 5 days since Zack Danger Brown launched a Kickstarter with the sole mission to make potato salad for the first time. His original goal was $10. More than 3,000 backers have pledged a total of $35,000 and counting.

As more money comes he adds new stretch goals; things like “better mayonnaise” and “call a chef to get a better recipe”. It appears there will now be at least 4 potato salads made, one of which will be vegan. Pledging even $3 gets you a bite of the potato salad mailed to you and he’ll say your name out loud while he makes it. This is pretty much the best Kickstarter ever. Support it here.

Thanks to @elrizzy for the heads up.

 

18.06.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Minka Inhouse

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Minka Inhouse is a project on Kickstarter by Fran Aldea in Santiago, Chile. She submitted her video to the Booooooom Vimeo Group and even though it’s a really basic idea there’s just something about the video that makes you want to root for her success. Watch the video below.

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05.06.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: A Beatbox and Self Expression Program for Blind Students

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B.E.A.T. (Bridging Education and Art Together) is a non-profit organization introducing the art of beatboxing to students at The Lavelle School for the Blind. Feel-good vibes all over this little video, watch it below!

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