Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundup of our favorite campaigns for your viewing (and spending!) pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income:
VIA's knit shoes are waterproof for up to two hours, made with recycled ocean plastic, and feature a convertible design that lets you fold down the ankle flap to go between high-top and low-top with ease.
You can assemble this three-piece modular paddleboard in about a minute, a far easier option than blowing your heart out into an inflatable or having to worry about storing and transporting a typical hardboard. It even comes with a waterproof hatch where you can store all your stuff!
Some forms—like a sphere—keep their width while rotating in any axis. But not all of those shapes are circular—for example, this paradoxical (more on that here) Solid of Constant Width. Keep one or a set of these metal beauties on your desk and you'll always have a reason to marvel at the wonder of geometry.
This pocket drum machine and synthesizer is described as a "gateway drug" for beginners looking to get into making their own beats or electronic music, but is "deep enough for studio musicians too."
Comprised of 22 fold-out sheets in a binder, this reissue of the Design Manual for the '72 Munich Olympics encapsulates Otl Aicher's mission to create an identity for "cheerful, light, dynamic, apolitical, un-pathetic, ideology-free, playful Games of sport and culture."