Best of Kickstarter, 9/26

We scoured the pages of Kickstarter to bring you this week’s best projects. Have a great Kickstarter project of your own or see one you think deserves some extra attention? Let us know about it the comments and we may just feature it in our weekly roundup.


Herb and Dorothy 50×50: You probably remember the Vogels from the moving 2008 documentary, HERB & DOROTHY, about how one couple with an extremely modest income managed to amass one of the most impressive and expansive art collections in the world. Now the same director, Megumi Sasaki, is trying to raise funds for a new documentary about the Vogels’ latest undertaking, “a historic gift project to give 50 of the Vogels’ works to one museum in each of the 50 states – a total of 2,500 works.” Apparently, their collection, which they donated to the National Gallery, has grown to include some 4,000 worls, more than the Gallery can handle. So they’re giving them away to museums around the country.


Makeshift Magazine: Maybe we’re all still riding the high from Maker Faire, but this magazine project is all about bringing the stories of people from “environments where resources may be scarce, but where ingenuity is used incessantly for survival, enterprise and self-expression. Makeshift is about people, the things they make and the context they make them in.” The stories are incredible but it’s worth it for the photography alone.


Crush+Press olive oil: Have you ever seen olive oil that looks like this? Me neither, which means I’ve been buying extra virgin olive oil that’s not actually extra virgin. In fact, a recent study shows that “73% of of the samples from the five largest selling brands in America failed to meet the minimum standards for extra virgin olive oil…[most of these] are merely a fat and have no juice component.” But Crush+Press olive oil not only looks amazing, it doesn’t cost as much as a bottle of wine (like the fancy olive oil brands) either, that is, if it gets funded.


Kentucky for Kentucky: I’m mostly just curious about this one. Never before have I seen a Kickstarter project that’s only 1% funded with $65,000. That’s because the goal is 3.5mil, enough to buy a commercial spot during the Super Bowl. If this succeeds, it will the first-ever crowd sourced commercial, and I’d love to see what that would look like.