Kickstarter is an amazing tool that helps the best and brightest creative projects reach the masses. The site recently opened in Canada and will launch in Australia and New Zealand next month. And with over 118,000 projects since the site’s launch, Kickstarter has no shortage of killer products to check out and help fund. Finding the best ones is the tough part – and we’re here to help.We compiled a best of the best of projects in graphic design and technology. But act quick, they can only be funded in the next seven to 28 days. Check them out below.
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Creator: Alex Szabo-Haslam
Status: 471% Funded (£800 goal), 14 days to go
British graphic designer Alex Szabo-Haslam is a self-described “techno obsessive,” and his Waveform silkscreen posters combine striking visual design with classic techno and rave music. After analyzing the soundwaves of tracks from Aphex Twin, LFO and others, Szabo-Haslam used sonic visualizing software to map the tracks and redraw them as elegant abstract shapes.
Creators: Tom and Catherine Thrush
Status: 185% funded (2,000$ goal), 7 days to go
From JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones, high fantasy is no longer limited to role playing games and cramped basements. Tom and Catherine Thrush’s Silidor Valley project re-envisions the Bay Area as a magical, enchanting fantasy world.
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Creator: Alex Croft
Status: 117% Funded ($600 goal), 13 days to go
After spending a year discovering, testing, and vetting the greatest and most useful lifehacks, Alex Croft compiled the top 75 onto a 24×36 inch poster. In addition to the 75 hacks, the Life Hack poster includes conversion scales for measurement and weight, CPR and Heimlich maneuver guides, keyboard shortcuts, and more everyday tricks.
Creator: Lou Spirito
Status: 190% Funded, 14 days to go
Part of baseball’s charm and personality comes from the field itself. No one ballpark is exactly the same, from Fenway’s green monster to Wrigley’s bricks and ivy. Lou Spiriot’s THIRTY81 project puts all 30 parks onto the same poster, allowing fans to examine what makes each “cathedrals of baseball” its own gem.
Creators: Macaw, Tom Giannattasio and Adam Christ
Status: 246% Funded ($75,000 goal), 15 days to go
With Macaw, designer Tom Giannattasio and developer Adam Christ combined forces to create a design product that fuses their areas of expertise. Macaw is a web design editor that creates beautiful graphic design images and automatically translates them into ready-to-use code.
Creators: Technical Illusions, Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson
Status: 95% Funded ($400,000 goal), 28 days to go
The castAR (“cast-ay-are”) system brings projected augmented reality, true virtual reality, and true augmented reality to the masses in a single device. Video projectors mounted on top of glasses casts a perspective view of a stereoscopic 3D image onto a surface below. Clip-ons attach to the glasses for a true augmented or vitural reality experience.
Creator: Ike GPS
Status: 139% Funded ($100,000 goal), 11 days to go
All it takes is three simple steps – snap, measure, share – for the Ike GPS Spike to create laser-accurate 3D models from a single smartphone image. The smartphone attachment generates a wealth of geospatial data that can be used to create next-generation augmented reality applications.
Creator: Hunter Lee Soik
Status: 130% Funded ($50,000 goal), 16 days to go
For one third of our lives, “our bodies are suspended and our unconscious minds are free from the limits of reality,” says Shadow creator Hunter Lee Soik. Soik’s app, Shadow, allows users to record, remember, and analyze dreams against a global database of app users.
Jon Salm is an associate client analyst at Millward Brown Digital in New York City and a freelance data journalist in the Visual.ly marketplace. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington and Lee University. You can find him online at about.me/salm.jon and follow him on twitter @S4LM3R.