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Kickstarter funded projects featured in Minimal’s Kickstarter All-Stars Exhibition


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Event | Maker Mixer at MNML

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Chicago, listen up: On August 22 during the IDSA International Conference, join Scott Wilson and MINIMAL at their new expansive studio and maker space for some late night fun and personal rule breaking including tunes from DJ Greg Corner, craft beers from River North Beer, and specialty cocktails from Stoli. On view for one night only will be their curated Kickstarter All-Stars Exhibition, which features an up close look at 25 crowd-funded projects that have impacted, influenced and impacted the maker movement.

The projects, which range from innovative home goods like Hidden Radio and Lumio to wearable tech accessories like Pebble and LUNATIK, all have a common thread. Not only did they exceed their funding goals on Kickstarter, they used good design and great storytelling to connect with their audience and turn their project ideas into a reality.  In many cases, these projects even spurred the launch of sustainable businesses long after funding was completed.

MINIMAL founder Scott Wilson propelled Kickstarter to mainstream consciousness back in 2010, when he raised $1M on the platform for his TikTok+LunaTik Watch Kits. The project not only sparked new interest in wearable technology, but it shook the product design industry of its preconceived beliefs about product development.

“At MINIMAL, we fully believe in the future of crowd-funding and incubation and are vested in the evolution of these models,” says Wilson. “The Kickstarter All-Stars exhibition is a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to a handful of crowd-funded projects that truly represent the power of the independent designer/entrepreneur. With the IDSA International Conference in our backyard this year, we wanted to celebrate and highlight designers in pursuit of freedom of expression and purity of design vision.”

Kickstarter All-Stars Are: CST-01, Porthole, TidyTilt/JustMount, Pebble, Designing Obama, Vers 1Q, HiddenRadio, Zooka, More/Real Stylus, Ouya, Lumio, The Glif, TikTok+LunaTik, Cosmonaut, 10-Year Hoodie, Wabi Nabi, Tylt VU, Resketch, Kern & Burn, Pinch, LUNATIK Touch Pen, Sharpener Jar, Piccolo, Biblio, Chromatic, Hex6agon, LUNATIK Taktik, Facet.

The one-night only retrospective takes place at MINIMAL’s new expansive studio and incubation space in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop.

When: Thursday, August 22, 9PM - midnight
Where: MINIMAL, 939 W. Lake St., Chicago

RSVP Required: rsvp@mnml.com

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