We recently had some great Creator Hangouts with German creators. Here are some of the highlights for our German-speaking friends!
Was sind die kleinen Dinge, die man noch vor dem Kampagnenstart machen kann, um auf Kickstarter erfolgreich zu werden? Florian Goetzke und Lennart Rieper von der Hamburger Design Agentur THINKS erzählten uns, wie sie sich auf ihre Kampagne für das Projekt Towell vorbereitet haben. Hier sind drei ihrer tollen Tricks.
Our film team considers this question quite regularly. Right now they're at Sundance hosting office hours, chatting with filmmakers, and watching #KickstarterFilm screenings. But even when they're not out and about chatting with directors, producers, and other folks that make films happen, they're doing it right here at Kickstarter HQ. Here's a recap of who our film team has spoken with during their last few Creator Hangouts.
At last, Kickstarter has an Android app. And you can get it right now, right here.
With this first release, we focused on creating a great discovery experience for backers. It's easy to dive into thousands of live creative projects from every corner of the Kickstarter universe. But it's just as easy to hone in on specific projects most likely to speak to you, or be surprised by ideas you didn’t expect to find.
We've built in a personal approach to discovering new projects — and connecting to older ones — by including our activity feed. From spotlighting projects your friends have recently backed, to surfacing the latest updates from creators you’ve supported in the past, activity feed is a play-by-play of all the news that should be on your radar. And if you want the latest from projects you’re following immediately, you can also be notified directly when they post an update.
The most hardcore Android fans will appreciate that our designers and engineers followed Google’s material design guidelines when building the app, so it looks and feels really nice, too. This is just version 1.0, so stay tuned for more features — like tools allowing creators to manage their projects.
Go ahead and download the app (it’s free!), and let us know what you think. We hope you love it as much as we loved making it for you.
Filmmakers have used Kickstarter to create new documentaries, animated shorts, web series, and more. Throughout the years, we’ve asked these creators to share their advice for bringing new films into the world. Consider this post an index of everything that we’ve collected to help filmmakers get started on Kickstarter. Whether you’re itemizing your budget, thinking about what to share in updates, or just feeling a little hesitant about asking for help, this list should be a useful resource to get you right on your way.
Remember those days before the internet, when a great movie trailer could provide an almost magical peek into the future?
If you’re anything like us, you have fond memories of being scared silly by that first Blair Witch teaser. Or of loving the fake trailers from Grindhouse even more than the features they accompanied. Or of buying a movie ticket for Thirteen Days with Kevin Costner just because you heard the Star Wars Episode I trailer might be playing before it.
We know that promoting a personal project can feel tough. If your project's campaign hits a temporary "plateau" (as many do), it can feel like your marketing efforts aren't paying off. What do we recommend? Plan your promotion and line up press outlets that might be interested in your project before you launch. Brainstorm different ways to share your project on each day of your campaign. You can plan in-person events, host a telethon, or get creative with how you share your project on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other networks.
Kickstarter loves games, and we know you do, too. But this year, we were blown away by the sheer force of your love. In 2015, more than 978,000 backers pledged over $144.4 million to Games projects — that’s nearly twice as many people and nearly twice as much pledged money as in 2014. We couldn’t be more psyched.
We've spent the week at CES in Las Vegas, talking with lots of folks about technology and where it's all headed. We find that we're in a good position to spot tech trends, since they tend to surface on Kickstarter first! So once again the Design and Tech Communities Team has rounded up some tech predictions for the year ahead, through the lens of the great projects and people we encountered in 2015. We had a harder time of it this year, given that many of the trends on last year's list are still very much with us. But a few strong candidates jumped out. Here are some ideas that keep popping up on Kickstarter and in our conversations with the creators who are building the future.
Useful robots for everyone. We’re not talking about BB-8-style roving companions. This is more about desktop robots that can handle precise and repetitive tasks, like Makerarm (above), Dobot, and OpenTrons. Humans can spend that time doing something less mechanical. Then they can challenge the robot to a quick game of chess, which they will probably lose.
New musical instruments. Musicians love messing with electronic sounds, but standard computer interfaces don't lend themselves to musical expression, and piano keyboards aren't for everyone. So creators are coming to Kickstarter with new ways to turn touch and motion into notes and sound. The Artiphon Instrument 1 (above), Owow, and Oval are instruments from the future, and Sensory Percussion uses vibration sensors to turn an acoustic drum kit into a sophisticated digital controller. We expect instruments to keep taking on freaky new physical forms, to the delight of adventurous musicians.
Living with VR. With the Rift and other advanced VR headsets hitting the market, people are going to be looking for things to do with them and ways to make them more fun to use. Watch for more VR-friendly furniture, like the swivel chair VRGO (above). And we hope to see more great VR projects that combine elements of film, games, and art, like CLOUDS and Blackout.
Cheap, tiny computers. The Raspberry Pi kicked off a trend that just won’t slow down. In the past year we’ve seen C.H.I.P. (above), “the world’s first $9 computer," and Pine A64, which calls itself a $15 supercomputer. There will be more — and it will be interesting to see what happens when hardware developers leverage boards that pack a lot of power at a price that would be unthinkable a few years back.
Modular tech. We’ve seen a lot of experiments with modularity — breaking down the functions of a device into smart pieces that can be mixed and matched. The Blocks smartwatch (above), the Robo Wunderkind robot kit, and the Nexpaq phone case are all pushing in this direction.
Simpler, friendlier interfaces. Gadget makers are trying to cut through the clutter of buttons and knobs to give people more natural ways to get information from, and interact with, devices. Ulo (above) defies expectations about home-security systems with its cute little owl face. BeeLine, a bike navigation device, dispenses with turn-by-turn minutiae and just points in the direction of your destination. Nuimo lets you skip clunky apps and control your music and lights with a simple dial. Simple = good.
Indoor farming. There’s obviously plenty of interest these days in locally grown food. So why not take that to the extreme and grow it in your kitchen? That’s the idea behind Grove, a full-blown vegetable-growing, fish-sustaining ecosystem, and Livin, a multistory hotel for… protein-rich mealworms. There’s more to come as locavores look inward.
Compiled by the Design and Tech Communities Team: David Gallagher, John Dimatos, Zach Dunham, Nick Yulman, and Julio Terra.