At Shutterstock, we praise creativity. Whether it’s in the form of innovative ideas, a mindful eye, or attention to detail, we like to acknowledge inspiring work when we see it. Our collection mirrors that belief, and that’s also why we love Kickstarter — the crowdfunding site is an ideal place to discover new talent and innovation.

Recently, we stumbled across an incredible campaign from Bitbanger Labs for a product called Pixelstick, which inspired us to look at other Kickstarter projects that have been catching our attention. Our team is always sending around links about projects that we love, and these five are some of our top picks. Click through their links, see if you love them as much as we do, and get behind your own favorites!

1. Fantagraphics

The legendary Fantagraphics first earned its reputation after it began publishing The Comics Journal in the late 1970s. As a leader in the world of comics, the imprint now claims to have “published more great cartoonists than any publisher in the history of comics.” With dozens of backer rewards to choose from, getting behind Fantagraphics’ current campaign (which has already surpassed it’s $150k goal) gives you the chance to leave your own little mark on comic-book history.

Last day to back: December 5, 2013

Fantagraphics 2014 Spring Season: 39 Graphic Novels and Books

2. Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle

When indie auteur Hal Hartley made Henry Fool in 1997, he never intended for it to be the first film in a trilogy that would span two decades. However, after returning to the characters in the Parker Posey-starring Fay Grim in 2007, the writer/director is going back for one more round, this time featuring Henry and Fay’s son, Ned. Backer rewards include everything from signed scripts to walk-on roles in the film, which is scheduled to start shooting in the spring. Fun fact: Ned Rifle is also the pseudonym under which Hartley records music, including the soundtracks for many of his previous films.

Last day to back: December 4, 2013

3. Rubicon 3D Scanner

This 3D scanner has a simple purpose: to make your life easier — particularly if you’re someone who works with 3D renderings. The creators, Robert Mikelson and Grant Cox, have a detailed outline on their Kickstarter page for what their production process will be like, and how they plan to acquire all the necessary parts. For such a modern idea, actually using the tool seems rather simple.

Last day to back: December 8, 2013

Rubicon 3D Scanner

4. Urban Race – NYC Street Photography

Urban photographer and explorer James Grundy has an exquisite collection of street photography that he’s compiled since moving from Australia to New York City. His work is mostly black-and-white, capturing moments with a tasteful yet critical eye. The mission of this campaign is to create a hardcover book of these images, with different chapters associated with different neighborhoods of Manhattan. Funds raised will go toward the production of at least 50 copies of the book.

Last day to back: November 21, 2013

Urban Race - NYC Street Photography

5. Pixelstick

As mentioned, Pixelstick was first featured on our blog a few weeks ago, and we’re still marveling over it. The invention is the brainchild of Shutterstock contributor Duncan Frazier and business partner Stephen McGuigan, together known as Bitbanger Labs. They’ve essentially created an advanced tool for light painting, which works in conjunction with time-lapse video or photography. For a more in-depth look at Pixelstick, check out our original post.

Last day to back: December 13, 2013

What do you think of these projects? Which other Kickstarter campaigns are you getting behind right now? Let us know in the comments!

Top image: Times Square – Protest Play by James Grundy