18.12.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: The Perfect Keyboard for iPhone

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The folks at Toronto-based Next Keyboard claim to have designed the perfect keyboard for iPhone users, and based on their Kickstarter video it looks like they’ve might have. At the very least they’ve addressed all the most common complaints people have. Things like: Actually being able to tell whether you’re in uppercase or lowercase, easier access to emojis, and what appears to be an auto-correct system that adapts to your typing over time. Watch the video below.

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24.11.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller’s Book of Collaborative Drawings

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Illustrators Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller have collaborated on a series of detailed graphite drawings, created over two seasons in a tiny studio in rural West Michigan. The illustrations will be collected and released this January in “Intricacies,” a hardcover, cloth-bound, offset-printed book. Advanced copies of the book can be reserved through their Kickstarter page here.

Have a look at many of the beautiful drawings 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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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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24.02.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Janet Echelman Sculpture in Vancouver

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Artist Janet Echelman, known for her beautiful large outdoor sculptures made of nets, is set to install her largest work to date in Vancouver! She is personally borrowing funds to cover the cost of installing the work and a non-profit called Burrard Arts Foundation has stepped in to try and help her make this sculpture a reality.

Watch the video below explaining the proposed piece for Vancouver, and if you want to support the project jump over to Kickstarter.

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28.12.13 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Kung Fury

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David Sandberg’s over the top 1980’s action cop movie “Kung Fury” went up on Kickstarter a couple days ago and has already raised over $280,000. The film is about a cop who goes back in time to kill the most dangerous kung fu master, Adolf Hitler (naturally).

David and his friends live in Sweden and have shot most of their film, set in 1980’s Miami, in their tiny studio. They’ve gone to comical lengths to stretch their minuscule budget, for example they could only afford one police uniform so they had to shoot every extra separately.

Watch the amazing trailer below, the time travel sequence is what sold me on this movie.

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