Build Your Walking Cardboard Animal Sculpture

If you’re looking for a DIY project that’s not only fun but educational, you may want to back this Kickstarter project. Alyssa Hamel just emailed us telling us about Kinetic Creatures, a set of three cardboard animal sculptures that actually walk! You have to watch the video – these creatures come alive with a simple mechanical motion! They can even walk on their own with a gear kit. Industrial designer Lucas Ainsworth and artist and art teacher Alyssa Hamel worked four years on this project. I can’t help but think how perfect this would be for that valuable kid/parent time.

Hooray! With 335 backers pledging over $26K, it looks like they’ve already reached their goal of $22K. I really enjoyed the comments:

“Beautiful Video. I saw these in person at the Maker Faire. I was amazed at the way the legs of the animals moved. Pure elegance. It seems like other robotics could learn from this design. Awesome!” – Jay Silver

“This is one of the most exciting projects that we’ve seen in the time that we’ve been supporting Kickstarter projects. We just watched the video with my 11 & 14 yr old grandkids. They were really jazzed. In fact, we chose the $30 level in hopes of bringing Rory home! We wish you all kinds of luck, and I will be posting this on Facebook! Yeah!” – B.Z. Smith

Kinetic Creatures on Kickstarter

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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