One of the best things about being a Kickstarter backer is getting a behind-the-scenes look at how things are made. Our Design and Technology creators share their earliest sketches and latest prototypes, tracing the evolution of their ideas and the iterative process behind bringing a complex project to life. That sense of authorship and access to a product's design history is largely absent elsewhere in culture. We’ve been working on a new feature that will make it easier for creators to showcase that hard work and creativity while allowing backers to understand the project's current stage of development.
The new Prototype Gallery will let creators add photos and videos of each step in their project’s development. They can dive deep into the back story without overloading their project page — everything will be neatly contained within the gallery. By flipping through, potential backers can see how an early proof of concept becomes a raw but functioning device and then takes on its final design. We selected a few creators to test out this feature starting today before releasing more widely in the coming months. Here are some examples from their galleries showing the five common stages of prototyping we’ve outlined:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Functional Prototype Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
After this test period we plan to make the Prototype Gallery available to all creators launching Technology, Design, and Gaming Hardware projects. Details are in our FAQ. We hope this feature is useful to both creators and backers, and helps everyone appreciate all the ingenuity and effort that goes into the smallest details of these projects.