1. As an industrial design consultancy, we work collaboratively with our clients’ marketing and R&D teams, helping them realize their vision. With Gigs 2 Go, we had a chance to execute a vision that was entirely our own. This gave us an opportunity to express with clarity a concept that is not market driven, but idea driven. And we were able to infuse our values into the product, like sustainability and collaboration. We never imagined it might end up in a museum design store, especially one as venerable as MoMA. But we always aspire to create products that can be admired for their beauty and cleverness in addition to their utility.

    —Kurt Rampton on his Kickstarter-funded Gigs 2 Go being in the MoMA Design Store. Gigs 2 Go is one of 24 products highlighted in a collaboration between the MoMA Design Store and Kickstarter.

  2. "The development of my project was really more happy accident than grand design. I was working on an occasional table, while reviewing a prototype for the metal legs I turned it upside down and thought, "hey, this kind of looks like a rabbit." My ambition for the project was simply for it to exist, for this little rabbit to be out in the world in people’s homes. I never dreamed it would end up in a museum design store. The fact that it’s in there rubbing shoulders with such iconic objects is totally surreal to me." Dave Barry on designing Frank, his Kickstarter project that found its way into the MoMA Design Store. 

    "The development of my project was really more happy accident than grand design. I was working on an occasional table, while reviewing a prototype for the metal legs I turned it upside down and thought, "hey, this kind of looks like a rabbit." My ambition for the project was simply for it to exist, for this little rabbit to be out in the world in people’s homes. I never dreamed it would end up in a museum design store. The fact that it’s in there rubbing shoulders with such iconic objects is totally surreal to me." Dave Barry on designing Frank, his Kickstarter project that found its way into the MoMA Design Store

  3. Not only did we not expect it to end up in a museum design store, we didn’t plan on a business, or even a proper product. We launched NeoLucida because we were inspired by David Hockney’s book, Secret Knowledge. He used an antique camera lucida to see how great masters of art might have seen the world. So to give our students this experience, we decided to make an inexpensive camera lucida so more people could experiment. But when we received nearly 3000% over our goal, and 11,406 people backed the project, we found ourselves designing for the marketplace instead of making a simple, small scale experiment. So being part of the Kickstarter @MoMA collection is a thrill, but far from where we thought we would be last year.

    —Pablo Garcia on making the NeoLucida, and how it ended up in the MoMA Design Store. 

  4. I was simply making the best product I could for my own personal use. I refined the idea over a two-year period of R&D and field testing. When I finally decided to launch the project through a Kickstarter campaign, I just attributed the success to hard work and refined design rather than as a work of art.

    —Geoffrey Franklin on what it’s like for his Kickstarter-funded bike frame to be featured in the MoMA Design Store

  5. Project of the Day—Newspapers: still great. Design: also great. Well designed daily newspapers about design: you get where this is going, we’re sure. The C77 Design Daily is an actual newspaper about designers, collectives, and other cool design stuff. It’s made by the people behind Core77, an internet magazine that has been publishing since 1995 (we forgot the internet existed then), and will be distributed as NYCxDesign is happening in New York in the middle of May.

    Project of the Day—Newspapers: still great. Design: also great. Well designed daily newspapers about design: you get where this is going, we’re sure. The C77 Design Daily is an actual newspaper about designers, collectives, and other cool design stuff. It’s made by the people behind Core77, an internet magazine that has been publishing since 1995 (we forgot the internet existed then), and will be distributed as NYCxDesign is happening in New York in the middle of May.