12 Kickstarter Projects Designers Want Under Their Trees
The distinguished taste that designers have may not be so easy to satisfy in a run-of-the-mill gift shop, but have a look at these thoughtful, advanced, and downright clever products from Kickstarter and you might just keep your wishlist-checking, pat-on-the-back-for-a-job-well-done holiday shopping exclusively on this crowdfunding site! Here’s a hint: since most of these are 100% funded and already in production, click on the website on the sidebar and buy Kickstarter products now!
Ostrich Pillow Light
Get your power naps in anytime and anywhere with the Ostrich Pillow Light, which can double as a scarf and clings to your bag conveniently. kawamura-ganjavian and Studio Banana Things collaborated in redesigning the original pillow to make it more practical, portable, comfortable, and even stylish. It’s available in Dreamtastic Red and Sleepy Blue.
Hidden Radio & Bluetooth Speaker
A gorgeously crafted radio and speaker by John VDN and Vitor Santa Maria, HiddenRadio makes interacting with your audio a delight. Just twist and lift the cap upwards to increase the volume up to 80 decibels. You can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth, or through the 3.5mm jack for other devices. It’s just about the size of a soda can available in Metallic Silver, Graphite Black, Pure White, and Limited Edition Red.
Stream Instagram photos to your living room in real-time with Instacube, a “living canvas” for your photos. It’s an Android-powered touchscreen box that displays your photos in full resolution over Wi-Fi. Push the Grid Button to toggle between single photo view and tiled feed, the Heart Button to like your photos straight from the cube, and the Circle Button to turn off.
No, your eyes don’t deceive you: Everpurse is a purse that charges your mobile phone. Instead of fumbling around for a cord, charger, and socket or a power bank, just slip your iPhone or Galaxy Series phone into the Everpurse and juice it back up. More than a fashionable dozen of fabric and leather options are there to choose from.
Satchel & Page
Imitating leather in user interface design may have fallen out of favor this year, but the real deal will always be classic. Satchel & Page offers heirloom quality leather bags with a lifetime guarantee. While they’re reminiscent of the 1940s era, these bags are designed with compartments that fit your laptops, smartphones, pens and other gear for today’s designers. Journals, wallets, and luggage tags are also in the collection.
Une Bobine is a flexible stand and charging cable, available for both iPhone and Android device owners. And flexible doesn’t just mean physical flexing: it can be as utilitarian or creative as you want it to be. Go ahead and make video calls or take photos while shaping the gooseneck wire to your liking.
The Brooklyn Bridge in Letterpress Type
Cameron Moll is back with his signature typographic letterpress posters of iconic landmarks, this time taking on the Brooklyn Bridge. Not only does it take painstaking attention to detail to line up glyphs to produce such an epic image, he actually matched the colors of his print to the granite and limestone used in the bridge.
Philographics is a series of 95 posters explaining different philosophical ideas using minimalist colors and shapes. Enjoy this collection of visual and intellectual treats in a format of your choice: wallpaper, ebook, postcards, hardcover book, or all of the above!
A cute and colorful solution to an overlooked problem, Whooz? are vinyl stickers you can wrap around your chargers for personalizing and identification. You can choose between solid colors or the wide array of quirky characters, and you get matching stickers for your earphones too.
Whiteboards are great, but they’re not the most portable things. Enter the Wipebook, the “erasable notebook for life”, which lets you scribble and doodle on a sleek, smooth surface, then quickly erase if you need to. Every Wipebook has 25 back to back erasable sheets, and available in lined, grid, or blank pages. You can also pick a package where correctable markers in various colors are included.
The FreedMan Chair
Simon Freedman has invented a seat that puts the spine and pelvis into the same posture one carries while standing. The FreedMan Chair will keep your back and legs relaxed and combat the harmful effects of sitting down for long periods at a time. It’s even won awards and gained rave reviews from trade shows, press, and industry experts.
Stay in touch with your pet wherever you go with Petcube. You can watch, talk to, and play laser games with your feline or canine friend through the mobile app as you track its movements and interact in real-time. You can even dress up this aluminum box with plush skins.