The process of planning out your rewards is different for each project. Still, there are several recurring pieces of advice we keep hearing from creators who've gone through the experience — include what you're making as one of your rewards. Feature a range of rewards, including unique experiences backers can only get from backing the project. Consider your shipping costs. We could go on and on about this, but it's best to hear it directly from creators — so above, Lisa Lucas of Guernica, Alex Shvartsman of Unidentified Funny Objects, and Daniel José Older of Long Hidden break rewards down for you. And if you should be in the market for even more insight, scope out our playlist on rewards and reward fulfillment right here.
Adelheid Zimmerman is a freelance designer, artist, maker, fencer, gamer, and more, residing in Madison, Wisconsin. We first encountered her work last year when she ran a project for the restoration of sixteenth-century German longsword illustrations — a project that also caught the eye of 239 backers. She returned this year with a companion project, a restoration of Marozzo's side sword illustrations from 1536, which is currently live. We asked Zimmerman to talk to us about what exactly goes into restoration of this sort.
I have taken on a project to restore and reproduce the illustrations from Achille Marozzo’s Opera Nova. There are two reasons that I find this project fascinating. I love that I am putting into the hands of historical European martial artists the images that the masters taught from in the form that they were intended. On a more personal level, I enjoy the artistic investigation of the restoration and visceral pleasure of producing that art in a historical manner.
When Marozzo needed illustrations for his fencing manual, he would have gone to an artist for sketches. When a final draft was approved, it was transferred to wood and carved by a highly skilled tradesman who would then remove the negative space from a specially prepared block of hardwood. These engravings and a manuscript of the text were taken to the printer who laid out the lead type and woodblocks, which were then printed onto pages that could be folded into signatures.
How can I become a Project We Love? How can I get my project featured by Kickstarter?
These are questions we hear often from our creator community. Our team is always on the lookout for exceptional projects, and when we find one, we share our enthusiasm by giving it a Projects We Love badge, and by showcasing select projects on our homepage and in our newsletters.
What do we mean when we say “exceptional projects”?
Every Kickstarter project starts with a creative idea. So when we look for standout projects to feature, we look for ideas that go the extra mile in their uniqueness and ambition — for example, projects that involve entirely new approaches to creating, amplify underrepresented voices, or bring creative communities together in unexpected ways.
Beyond having a unique idea, the way you tell your story through your project page also plays a role in which projects we decide to feature. There are a few extra steps you can take to build an eye-catching project page that will capture the attention of your backers — and the Kickstarter team. We’ve highlighted a few of our most important tips below.Read more
What's Music Month without actual music? For all of June, we've been hosting panels, record fairs, concerts, and interviews; we've been discussing music tech and documentaries about bands, and we've also been reaching out to musicians that have used Kickstarter to gain insight into their listening habits. From recent favorite songs, to playlists that inspired the creation of entire albums, think of these as a window into some of your favorite creative brains—or just a good way to discover (or re-discover) a new favorite song.
An oscilloscope is a device used to measure the frequency of electrical signals and display waveforms of those signals against a graph. If that sounds boring, it's because you haven't considered the creative capacity of this kind of tool. Jerobeam Fenderson, the man behind the Oscilloscope Music project, realized the oscilloscope's potential years ago, and he's been incorporating it into his live performances ever since.
We asked Fenderson if he'd walk us through the process of turning sound into images. He did us one better and gave us a complete walkthrough, which you can follow at home using the open source software he suggested. Enjoy!Read more
It wasn't until the Apple Macintosh was released in 1984 that the computer mouse really took off. The device was included with the computer in order to help navigate its breakthrough graphical user interface. We've come a long way since then — practically iterating the mouse out of existence — but there's always room for new ways to interact with the world around us. From a hardwood, mechanical keyboard, to an entirely new breed of musical instrument, this week's Technology projects are all about that input.Read more
The best books are loaded with intrigue: hidden passageways, espionage, and secrets. It's no wonder then that Bender Bound's Booze Books are so wildly popular. Their team takes literary classics such as Sherlock Holmes, and then repurposes them into a super secret safe in disguise. We asked them how they do it.