MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!
Here's a link to the aforementioned Kickstarter, please pledge and share it on social media using the hashtag #cotccabinet!
The above GIF was made in PICO-8 using code by Neko250!
This Project Consists of 5 Deliverables:
A Micro Arcade Cabinet+Mystery Puzzle Box: A trophy sized arcade cabinet powered by a single-board computer. It takes its aesthetic cues from 50’s era TVs and industrial control consoles, and will be made out of a hardwood and 3D printed/injection molded plastic. It has multiple hidden puzzles and compartments that recipients need to find, solve and open to fully unlock the "College's Secrets". Once the cabinet’s secrets are fully unlocked it becomes a fully functional arcade cabinet capable of wirelessly connecting to the Lexaloffle BBS where the cabinet can be used to download and play PICO-8 games made by the Lexaloffle community.
A Video Game: A text based choose your own adventure video game (programmed via PICO-8) made to look like it's in the terminal that addresses recipients by name, uses details from their lives, and inserts it all into morally grey scenarios written around WWII/Nazi, J. Edgar Hoover/FBI, McCarthyism era threats to arts and creative culture.
A Pocket Guide: Member’s Guide to joining the College of the Creatives. It details the College’s founding, history, and traditions. It also holds puzzles and codes hidden in its text that cabinet recipients need to solve to fully unlock the physical puzzles found on the cabinet.
Four Pieces of Supporting Ephemera:
- A Decoder/Cipher Coin: A challenge style coin with an inbuilt cipher that is used to solve and decipher the puzzles and codes hidden in the text of the Pocket Guide.
- A Key: A key hidden in a hidden drawer that is used to unlock a hidden compartment found on the front of the cabinet.
- A Enamel Pin: A pin used to symbolize that the recipient has passed all of the College's trials. This pin “marks" recipients as fully Lettered Members of the College of the Creatives.
- Letters: Letters included inside of the crate and cabinet address each recipient by name, introduce the person we're sending the box in the behalf of to them, and invite them to take the "College of the Creative's" trials to become a Lettered Member of the College. These letters also help fill in historical facts about the College, and give context about its activities during and since WWII. The last letter will serve as a prestige, revealing or intentions behind the cabinet, explaining our call-to-action, and inviting each recipient to join the "College" to help us fight threats to art and creative culture like the current Administration's planned defunding of federal initiatives that fund art and creative culture in America.
A Wooden Crate: A wood crate the cabinet is going to be shipped in to its intended recipients.
Below is a video of a foam core mock-up I made to walk people I was pitching the cabinet to through.
Who We Are:
In late 2015 my wife (Maggie) and I decided to strike out on our own, forming a small independent change-driven design studio/artist collective called MotherFather. Our collective is comprised of socially conscientious designers, artists, and makers obsessed with helping make the world a better place. We're focused on the belief that there is world changing power in thoughtful, empathetic, and communally engaging stories told from the heart that combine design, culture, and technology to create wonder and intrigue in the name of bringing people together to do some good. We're committed to establishing ourselves as creatives that specialize in telling stories that matter and are worth sharing, and sincerely feel that making passion projects like the "College of the Creatives Cabinet" is the best way to reach that goal.
Why We Need to Make This/Artist's Statement:
There are multiple reasons why I personally needed to make this, mostly I've had the idea for the physical cabinet part of this project kicking around in...Read more »