The variety and drive behind the creativity of Kickstarter projects can be inspiring in itself – and when they have a goal to benefit the greater good, it shows how powerful of a tool the site can be. Afghani designer Massoud Hassani, a recent graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, surpassed funding for an incredibly moving project. Mine Kafon is a low-cost, lightweight, GPS-enabled mine detonator, with a tumbleweed shape based on toys that Hassani built as a child. Having reached his goal, Kafon will use the money to engineer an improved model, with the hopes of eventually using it in the deserts of Afghanistan to detect mines where he grew up.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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