Best of CH 2013: Crowdfunded Projects

From photography to tech and travel, Kickstarter and the ilk had a big year in helping set ideas in motion

Once again, crowdfunding showed no sign of slowing in 2013. While Kickstarter is still top dog in terms of introducing new ideas, traffic to similar sites like Indiegogo and Rally continues to pick up—meaning we may just still be seeing the tip of the iceberg that is the popularity of crowdfunding. Luckily, for every Cabin Sister’s fail that slips through the cracks, there are many …

Morgaw Shock Absorbing Bicycle Saddle

An innovative design increases flex and rider stability while cutting tension both on and off road

As an answer to the cyclist’s favorite component to complain about, Slovakian designers have developed a new type of bicycle saddle called the Morgaw. The lightweight, carbon-based saddle combines a modular rail system with two small shock absorbers to add flexibility and stability while absorbing road rumble, thus reducing tension on the spine and lower back. Unlike traditional saddles, the innovative design allows for torsional …

Save Rex Ranch

Longtime Director of Digital Initiatives at Sundance Joseph Beyer wants to transform an abandoned dude ranch in Arizona into a cultural arts mecca

Can an organization raise $735,000 in 40 days to buy an abandoned dude ranch in the southwestern Arizona desert? It just might be possible with Joseph Beyer—eternal optimist and Director of Digital Initiatives at the Sundance Institute—personally leading the cause, armed with the vision of transforming the historic Rex Ranch into an interdisciplinary arts and culture mecca. Built in the 1880s in the small town …