Cats vs. Dogs! A Statistical Analysis by Nitsuh Abebe
See, when it comes to the number of people pledging to Team Dog versus Team Cat projects, the difference isn’t huge — dogs are up by just under 20%, whether you’re counting overall pledges or unique backers. But when it comes to the number of projects they were supporting, and the amount of money pledged, the difference is much bigger — around 60%. As a whole, Team Dog backers would seem to be spread more thinly across a larger number of projects, getting more ideas funded, while Team Cat backers are clustered around a smaller number of projects, with higher pledge counts and success rates.
—Dogs vs. Cats: we analyzed the way that some cat- and dog-related statistics play out on Kickstarter. Spoiler alert: there’s no definitive answer.
Project of the Day — The Doggie Diner heads once gazed on San Francisco like modern sphinxes. Help restore them.
Photographer Martin Usborne just finished mailing all 400 copies of his Kickstarter-funded art book, Dogs in Cars.
In a recent update, he mentions that it took until 4am — no word if his furry friends lent a paw or just hung out looking cute.
Sally is a sweet black lab from Vermont with a yen for adventure and a very wet nose.
She’s the protagonist of an award-winning series of children’s books created by artist and author Stephen Huneck. Sadly, Huneck passed away recently, leaving behind Sally and her literary legacy.
In a tribute to Huneck and his vision, his family — and Sally’s — are creating a new series of e-books to continue the plucky pup’s educational adventures. The next installment will find Sally journeying to New York City, and the project’s creators are looking to Kickstarter backers for collaboration and inspiration.
Help design Sally’s itinerary and give her a pet — Sally Discovers New York is our Project of the Day.
It’s a dog’s life.
Back in the 1890s, the United States Postal Service adopted a mailbag-loving pooch from upstate New York, named him Owney, and let him assume the role of unofficial company mascot.
The lucky puppy traveled the entire country by rail, delivering bags of mail, and collecting commemorative dog tags while providing some handy PR opportunities. Eventually, the beloved Owney also traveled internationally, visiting Japan, Singapore, North Africa — and Montreal, where he was temporarily detained as an illegal traveler.
It’s a project full of adventure, history, and heart. It’s also ending very soon — so claim your copy now.
Only one day left to back the children’s book Arfabet, an alphabet book for dog lovers and foodies that gives “a handmade insight to the 26 letters we all know and love.” Each page is devoted to a letter of the alphabet as exemplified by a dog who loves to eat, and artist Hilary Pfiefer designs, hand carves, and photographs those puppies all herself! We love it.
We all know what it’s like to feel abandoned, whether it’s the irrational fear we experience as children when our Mom’s go into the grocery store and leave us on our best behavior in a locked car or the slightly more mature spectrum of emotion that accompanies a bad break-up. Perhaps that’s what makes Martin Usborne’s photographs, a series of stark portraits of dogs left behind in cards, so effective. His project will collect the images into a single book. We’re already prepping the space on our coffee table. Check out his project here.
New trend on Kickstarter: Pets who read! Awesome to see pets not only backing projects, but reading them! It’s almost like they are human! Shout out to Cranky Pants for making this dog a happy dog.
A visit to the printing press with our favorite purveyors of adorable puppy portraits: Canine Chronicles.