Make 100 Is Back for 2018

 

A nudge to get creating in 2018.

Last January we launched Make 100, a creative prompt focused on limited editions of 100. The idea was to start the year with a new project and a commitment to creating. Over 470 creators participated, making everything from photobooks to 3D-printed lamps to handmade tapestries, and much more.

We loved ringing in the new year with this burst of creative energy. That’s why we’re bringing Make 100 back for 2018 — and we can’t wait to see what you’ll make.

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Food-X and Kickstarter Present a Request for Innovations

Green Top Farms
Green Top Farms

Hunger, nutrition, factory farming, food waste, labeling issues, commensality… 

When people say our food system is broken, it’s shorthand for a myriad of interrelated issues. These problems are complex, and it’s easy to feel as though they’re insurmountable. But we believe that through collaboration and the ingenuity of independent creators, solutions are within reach.

Today, Kickstarter is teaming up with the global food innovation accelerator Food-X to issue a joint Request for Innovations. Together, we’re calling upon independent creators who are attempting to improve our food system, working to provide food options that engender public health, promote sustainability, and reduce food waste.

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Welcoming Cassie Marketos Back to Kickstarter

Today we're happy to announce that Cassie Marketos is joining Kickstarter as our Vice President of Community Strategy. A lot of that happiness has to do with the fact that Cassie is really not so new. She was Kickstarter’s first official employee, before there was even a Kickstarter office. In this newly created role, much of her focus will be on nurturing the community we’re building at Drip, a tool for artists and creators to fund and build community around their creative practice. It’s great to have her back. We asked Cassie to answer a few questions about herself.

Photo by Daniel Shea
Photo by Daniel Shea

 

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Last Call for Commissions

 

This November, we challenged creators to take part in Commissions, an open call for collaborative projects.

The idea was simple: Artists, designers, and makers could run Kickstarter projects that invited their supporters to pledge for rewards made especially for them, using their input and ideas in the creative process.

So far, we’ve seen over 150 Commissions projects launch from creators around the world. Their creative ventures have encompassed everything from making one-of-a-kind geometric paintings and architectural illustrations of backers’ childhood homes to composing one-minute songs, choreographing custom dance moves, and painting oh so many dog portraits.

Today, we’re sharing fifteen of the most imaginative Commissions projects we've seen so far. You can explore all live Commissions projects here — or launch one of your own by Thursday, November 30.

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New: View Kickstarter in Your Currency

Today we’re pleased to announce the ability for backers to see project goals and reward-tier amounts converted into the currency of their choice. With pledges coming from more than 175 countries — and nearly half of them made from outside the U.S. — this feature serves our growing community around the world.

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Introducing the New Drip

In 2012, the record label Ghostly International launched Drip as a way for people to support musicians through subscriptions. Though niche, Drip was a pioneering service. You could see the potential. Almost two years ago, Drip became a part of Kickstarter instead of shutting down.

Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people.

Today we launch a new Drip for artists and creators across the full spectrum of disciplines we support on Kickstarter. Just as artists, authors, game designers, musicians, and filmmakers use Kickstarter to fund and build community around their projects, Drip is a tool for people to fund and build community around their ongoing creative practice.

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Welcoming Sarah Hromack and Jamie Wilkinson to Kickstarter

Today, I’m excited to announce two new leaders at Kickstarter in newly created roles.

Sarah Hromack joined us six weeks ago as Kickstarter’s first-ever Chief Culture Officer, and Jamie Wilkinson joined us two weeks ago as our first-ever Chief Product Officer. Sarah and Jamie have both built distinguished careers working in service to artists and creators. We continue this journey together working to fulfill our mission to help bring creative projects to life.

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Five New Orleans Filmmakers Launch Kickstarter Projects to Mark the City’s Tricentennial

Poet Sunni Patterson, the subject of the short film Artist in Exile
Poet Sunni Patterson, the subject of the short film Artist in Exile

This summer, Kickstarter joined forces with four film and artist support organizations in New Orleans — NOVAC, The New Orleans Film Society, #CreateLouisiana, and Film New Orleans — to form the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubator. The plan? To help bring to life five films from local filmmakers about their city, ahead of NOLA’s 2018 Tricentennial celebration.

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