Best of Kickstarter, 11/21

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.


Desktop 3-D Printer: The 3-D craze continues with the first personal three-dimensional desktop printer. As it turns out, a 3-D printer is not something that makes weird images you can look at with 3-D glasses, but it actually prints out three-dimensional objects.

Capta: I’m a major dropper/smasher of iPhones, so this weird octopus-like contraption, the “Capta,” seems like an excellent solution for clumsy folks like me. Rigged with a magnet at the back, you can mount the suction cups to different surfaces to keep your phone out of the way but still accessible.


Unfolding Tree: After getting frost bite carrying a giant Christmas tree to my Brooklyn apartment last year, I’m pretty keen on fake-but-festive tree alternatives. This unfolding birch board creation, the “Pop Tree,” is a high-design option that packs up easily when the holidays are over.

Open Education for Typography: The University of Buenos Aires has proposed making their considerable typographic design resources available for public use through a Wikipedia-like website. The databases would then be divided into information on type theory, history and practical exercise.


Windowfarms: Around this time every year I bid a sad farewell to my window herbs, which start to dry out and brown with the diminished sunlight hours and chilly temperatures. But a clever woman named Britta has invented a new kind of window planter that uses sea nutrients to prevent roots from drying out, keeping herbs healthy all year round.