The inexorable rise and rise of Kickstarter was one of the defining creative stories of last year and if any of you still needed convincing as to the crowdfunding behemoth’s significance, this look back on 2012 should drive the point home. The numbers are staggering in themselves – 2.2 million people from 177 different countries pledging $319 million to help realise 18,100 projects – and Kickstarter is rightly proud of their increasing reach. But perhaps more interesting is the amazing away of projects which have come to fruition in this way – from films and computer games to a municipal font, a banana piano and a pizza museum. And then there’s the cultural milestones, such as the fact that 10 per cent of the films at Sundance started life as Kickstarter gleams in their creators’ eyes.
The purity of the platform and its commitment to increasing the amount of creativity in the world is admirable, and their review of 2012 is a fine looking thing too. Well worth a few minutes of your day.
- Swiss zine highlights the many times The Simpsons has predicted the future
- Twelve studio’s rippling identity for Beijing new media studio
- Mumbai-based artist Yashasvi Mathis' unconventional take on the world
- Gufram, the iconic funhouse bridging the gap between design and art
- Active Arab Women: Lara Al-Hadeedi records the determination of sporting Kuwaiti women
- Meet the French illustrator creating part-animal, part-human Frankenmonsters
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
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