We’re not uber-wealthy executives, but if we were, we’d back the shit out of these Kickstarters.
We happen to love supporting budding artists, makers, and creative types. As it turns out, Krissy and I are not exceedingly wealthy, unless she’s keeping her Scrooge McDuck-gold-coin-pool hidden from me. So we’re going to do the next best thing: giving them free publicity. Since we can’t support them all, we hope that maybe some of you will find their causes worthwhile. And if you’re feeling generous, you can always have them send your reward to us. Like I said, these are all projects we like.
A Whale Who Dreamt of a Snail
This Project is Krissy’s choice, though I found it a week or so ago and knew she’d love it. Krissy loves her children’s books, so seeing them on Kickstarter always makes me smile.
The book is inspired by a question the author’s son asked. Basically, if he dreams of an octopus, does the octopus dream about him? The premise is cute, and the completed illustrations thus far are painterly and whimsical, in the way a children’s book ought to be.
My only regret about this project is that I feel the barrier to entry is a bit high. $5 gets you a sticker. To get a softcover edition of the book you need to pledge $50 which is pretty steep in my opinion. Normally, Kickstarters give their backers essentially a discount, but I can’t imagine the price will be higher after being funded. If you’re like Krissy and me, and insist on hardcovers, then you’re in for $100, which is kind of ridiculous.
Krissy and I happen to like socks, and this project is for men’s socks—an area often overlooked. Nice Laundry is already funded, but I still think that the project’s goal is admirable: to provide great socks for an affordable price. I’d buy more nice socks if they weren’t so expensive, so this project appeals to me on a few levels.
Some of the designs are so-so—I’m looking at you, camo, but most of them are very clean looking patterns with great colors. Some designs are loud, and some are subdued. There’s some nice variation in there for the dude or dudette in your life.
The Secret Order of the Black Diamond: Orientation
I’m not entirely sure what The Secret Order of the Black Diamond is all about, but I think that’s the point. I’m wordy, and even for me there’s a lot of text to read. But the Kickstarter is presented in a very aesthetically pleasing way, and the air of mystery surrounding the project is fun. I happen to like any company or project that utilized humorous or witty copy, because copy tends to be so dull.
The rewards for this Kickstarter are pretty solid, too. A trendy, geometric lapel pin. A tote printed with a handsome design, prints, letterpress cards, and more are just some of the rewards available. So why not back the project and join the hunt?
All Photos courtesy of their respective Kickstarter pages.