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The Kickstarter Awards: Creator Picks (Cont)

Earlier this week we asked some Kickstarter Award winners to answer two questions:

1. What’s your favorite Kickstarter experience so far? This could be something that happened as part of your project, a particularly cool exchange you had with another project, whatever you want.

2. What’s your favorite Kickstarter project(s)? And if you’d rather swap in another adjective for “favorite,” feel free. We want to hear what projects you found fun, inspiring, etc.

The responses, unsurprisingly, have been awesome. Here’s a second installment.

Mike Ambs, For Thousands of Miles

I would love to answer this with something grand and over the top — something that would really showcase how unique of a site I think KSR is. But — my favorite experiences with KSR and its community have been the little things… as cheesy as I’m sure that comes off.

Being online as often as I am for work — I come across a fair share of inspiring projects. But KSR seems to have build the most ideal water-cooler for these projects to come together. And in pooling so many talented, ambitious, unique storytellers and artist and authors and adventurers into one place, it’s become one of my favorite places to discover new projects.

I’ve seen other sites that are geared towards helping bands fund albums independently, or filmmakers fund the next leg of their production — but my favorite experiences on KSR have come from how creators are required to sit down and really make a decision on how to creatively communicate their goals with others. In a way that I just haven’t seen before.

Favorite Project: My favorite KSR project is a hard choice to make — the storyteller-side of me immediately thinks of OpenIndie, because I think it’s really going to help indie filmmakers in a way that we’ve been reaching for the last several years.

But my personal-personal favorite is probably Emily Richmond Sails Around the World. Which is funny, because it’s a KSR project that I actually wasn’t able to help fund during it’s campaign, but I donated as soon as possible because her project is something that is both absolutely terrifying and completely inspiring to me.

I love to think of myself as a lover of all thing travel — but the reality of being on a boat, alone, in the middle of the Ocean is so… paralyzing that I’m kind of obsessed with her story. I find it fascinating.

Spike, Poorcraft

Favorite Experience: The completely unanticipated outpouring of enthusiasm and support. I already had faith in Poorcraft as a project, but to have that faith confirmed in such an overwhelming way was so exciting. I was traveling the first day Poorcraft began accepting pledges, and my husband and I kept exchanging calls from the airports while I was on layover. He was keeping an eye on the project page for me, and was just as astonished as I was. I think I got $2500 in pledges in the first day alone.

I’ve been wanting to do Poorcraft for years. I’m so pleased it’s finally happening, and has such a huge number of supporters.

Favorite Project: I absolutely love that the Windowfarms Project made goal! I’m building one of those myself, I haven’t had a fresh herb garden for about a year. And i hope the Chicago urban Art Society tries again with their DIY screenprinting workspace. And of course, what kinda cartoonist would i be if I weren’t pulling for other comic book projects, like Kel’s Sorcery 101 and Popgunpulp’s Johnny ReCon?

Robin Sloan, Robin Writes a Book

My favorite Kickstarter project experience so far has been going from a thousand books piled up in my apartment to a thousand books dispersed all over the world, depicted in photos and smiling self-portraits and cameraphone snaps. Most of my project was spent w/ everybody looking at pictures of me & my work. So this was an opportunity to see some of my backers — to see their hands and faces and furniture! It was just an amazing little window into all these lives all over the world.

P.S. a bunch of the unboxing photos are linked here:http://robinsloan.com/2009/701

Favorite Project: I am smitten with Emily Grenader’s crowd painting. It’s one thing (and it’s very cool) to use Kickstarter to fund a project you’ve always wanted to do; it’s another thing (and it’s even cooler, I think) to use Kickstarter to fund a project that you literally couldn’t do in any other way.

And the opening line of her video is so great: “Hi, my name is Emily… and I would like to immortalize you in my next painting project.” Yes please!

Ambre and Andrew, The Underground Library

Favorite Kickstarter experience so far was probably the excitement of having a project that no one knows about be suddenly bombarded with support, questions, ideas, advice and loads of email. I guess that’s general, but it is a pretty profound experience — and instantly illustrative of what the internet is really here for.

Favorite Projects: Favorite projects thus far were the Loveland, Office of Lost Objects, and the Doodle Book. Loveland especially did a great job at satirizing the value of property, while still kind of communicating it in a very tangible way ($1 per one square inch.) We’re always amazed at the Adventure proposals, too — probably because our operation is so indoors and close to home.)

Joel Schroeder, Dear Mr. Watterson

It’s hard to narrow down a favorite Kickstarter experience…  We’ve had a great response to our project and reaching our goal was very exciting… It has been fun (and hard) trying to decide how to use my invitations… but, mostly, I just love the community of artists and creators who have been able to use the site as a way to reach an audience, and be brave enough to ask for money from friends, family, and most importantly, COMPLETE STRANGERS — all because the spirit and the context of the website is geared for getting deserving projects off the ground. It is fantastic.

Favorite Project: I think my favorite project (other than my own, of course!), is Poorcraft.  It is so timely, looks great, is incredibly unique and inventive, and I love that Spike was able to double her goal.  I don’t know how she did that, but people seem to have really connected with her project, and it has a lot to do with her personality, her updates, and the nature of her idea.

Liz & Reed Fish, The Fishes Are Photographing Every Sizzler in America

Our favorite thing about being on Kickstarter has been meeting (virtually, at least) so many people and having them become aware of what we’re trying to do. Granted, there are people who hated (hated!) our project, but there were a surprising number of complete strangers and Sizzler enthusiasts who really liked it and supported us. We were lucky enough to get a fair amount of press for the project too, which included us being interviewed on drive-time radio in Kansas City. How amazing is it that? Being on Kickstarter enabled us to go on the air and talk about a conceptual art project with a couple of shock jocks in Missouri! It’s an experience that we never ever want to have again. Shock jocks are a tough crowd.

Favorite Project: We definitely took a lot of inspiration from Emily Richmond and her quest to sail around the world. We were lucky enough to meet Emily in person at the Kickstarter meetup in Los Angeles and her enthusiasm was infectious. Her project was funded at that point, and she talked about how all the support put her in touch with great people and changed her life. She was genuinely surprised by the way her project took off — it felt organic the way it all worked out, and we liked that.  And she was EXCITED to sail around the world — who wouldn’t be inspired by that?  As artists, I think we sometimes assume our ideas should be secret until finished or perfect — or we’re selective about who we talk to and get opinions from. But Kickstarter helped us get ideas out there, come what may. We hope that Emily is having the time of her life on her trip and are going to raise a glass in her honor next time we’re at Sizzler.

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