It’s not so Vegas baby!

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Can you Kick it?

kickstarterIt’s not even five years old – yet it has already changed the lives of many, many people – both those who have seen their ideas come to life through the pledges of others or for those who have benefited directly from the tangible and intangible benefits that come from being part of a crowd funded endeavour. Some of these projects are simple product development and/or design studies that would eventually have come to the market anyway. However there are plenty that would never have seen the light of day had it not been for Kickstarter.  Equally, there are plenty of people around the world from all walks of life who have and will be grateful for ideas originated with a kick!

Here is some of what I have kickstarted (It’s going to be THE verb of the decade) in 2013:

kickstarter_lumio_1Lumio >> This was my first, but definitely not my last – and it was also the first to be completed. When it arrived home I was blown away by the details and the amazing quality. Even though I was being kept up-to-date with the project through the often weekly updates, and had seen the lengths that Max was going to by ensuring every single element was hand selected and of the highest quality – the excitement when I opened the amazing packaging was palpable. My bespoke Lumio now has pride of place in my guest bedroom which has already resulted in at least two further orders.

kickstarter_coburns_2The Coburns >> Purchased as a gift: $24 of simple delight from the forest. Fine Grain have developed simple perfection for everyone who needs to prop up their pad. They have promised a December delivery –let’s hope that they arrive in time!

kickstarter_range_3Range >> Well, I have had two cooking thermometers in the past 12 months – and both are completely and utterly useless. When I saw this I thought, “Yupp – that’s for me!” well as I don’t have any iRubbish I’ll have to be clever; although there is some fruit in the family so no doubt I’ll be able to play with the Range as often as I like as long as I share the outcome of my experimentation.

kickstarter_morph_4Morph >> This takes me all the way back to my childhood and Tony Hart. How could ANYONE of my generation not pledge a few pounds to see the return of the original Morph, Chas and Nailbrush! Its great to see that they met their targets and are now doing a couple more episodes.. Yay! for me (and for all of us Morph lovers who will now be able to share with a new generation!).

kickstarter_moss_5MOSS >> My most expensive pledge and the one that I am now longing for more than any of the others – why? Just look at it! Amazing! Brilliant! Awesome! And they have just announced that the development kit will be brought forward now that they have met their next stretch target… I’m almost in tears with anticipation. There is still a few more days to go and to get your pledges in – who knows they may make the next stretch goal and who know what other goodies await us!

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Pictures of Prague







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New York City

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Child’s Play

I know, I know – the little ones are quite happy applying their rampant creativity on empty boxes, bog roll tubes, corks and some sticky-back plastic.  But (and there is always a but!) there are so many fun things available for kids these days – and as an interested (as well as loving) parent, why wouldn’t you want to be splurging a little on some of these fantastical creations?

oliver jeffers lost and foundFar from lost >>  Multi-talented Oliver Jeffers is a genius – and he can create best-selling children’s book too.   Although I note with intrigue that he calls them picture books rather than children’s books, it is clear he knows his primary audience.  Stuck is a great book, with a superb trailer – but I do like a good crime caper; so The Great Paper Caper – a thrilling tale of mystery, crime, alibis, paper planes and bears will always win my vote.  Watch the trailer for the Lost and Found by StudioAka.

chris haugton oh no georgeOh No George! >>  From Chris Haughton, the writer of multi-prize winning A Bit Lost comes the mightily colourful and ever so peckish George.  Super graphic illustrations, a simple and engaging story – what else could a middle-aged child want?

hector serrano finger puppetsHandies? They are at the end of your wristies! >>  You don’t have to be a professional toy maker or children’s book producer to dabble with kids stuff.  It seems that product designers are quite skilled at producing stylish and fun things too – just like London based Hector Serrano with his many variations on the finger and hand-puppets genre.   My personal favourite?  Well it has to be the animal hand transfers.

mibo paper animalsMenagerie >>  Yes, I am a sucker for cutsey forest animals, and these fun characters from Mibo are no exception!   They might be from Brighton (no, Hove – not Brighton they cry!) and I think they too have had a bit of a Blue Peter period – but flat-packed, paper based “make it yourself” products are definitely a-la-mode  – Mibo are so 2013 that it hurts!

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Lake District, England, Derwent Water

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Swedish Lapland

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