Every week, the Seattle Review of Books backs a Kickstarter, and writes up why we picked that particular project. Read more about the project here. Suggest a project by writing to kickstarter at this domain, or by using our contact form.
What's the project this week?
FASHIONPEDIA - The Ultimate Fashion Bible. We've put $20 in as a non-reward backer
Who is the Creator?
What do they have to say about the project?
A visual fashion dictionary with extensive information and easy-to-read layout in a compact size. Mini, but mighty.
What caught your eye?
I love visual dictionaries. I mean, my job is a designer, and a well thought-out visual dictionary is one of my favorite books to hold.
I remember seeing a Tumblr post that had diagrams for all the different kinds of, say, ladies shoes, or men's collars, or types of hats. Why is this interesting? Well, I'm a writer, and I want to talk with authority about the things that my characters, some of whom are fashion mavens, are wearing. That means I need to know.
A book like this is even better than some random internet gif. All the detail! All the fashion! All the facts! And, if you're not a writer, maybe you're a fashion designer. Even better.
Why should I back it?
Unless you're like me, maybe you shouldn't. But, if you look at this campaign and kind of go omg this is amazing, like I did, then you probably should. I think it's fair to say this one is totally self selecting. Either you're going to get it or you're not, and if you do, just pointing to it is going to be enough for you to want it. I mean, just look how amazing the design is. Seriously.
How's the project doing?
They're totally kicking ass. 20 days to go, and they've raised about 330% of their initial bid. Look, they don't need you. But, ask yourself, do you need them?
Do they have a video?