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Kickstarter Meetups Recap

  1. Coffee Talk with Phil

    Not too long ago, I stumbled upon something a little unusual in our Activity Feed. With 17 days to go, filmmaker Phil had begun to post daily video updates on the project blog for his movie, Tilt. He called them “Coffee with Phil” and after the first one I found myself completely hooked. It wasn’t long before my morning routine became searching out his latest video, settling back with my own cup of coffee, and pressing play. Why the extreme appeal? 

    First, there’s nothing particularly scripted about these chats. They’re just Phil being Phil: relaxed, conversational, direct. But it’s his  willingness to be personal, even a little vulnerable, that makes them so effective. Even though he’s talking strictly numbers — how many new backers today, how much more funding to go tomorrow — the subtle nuances of his expression and tone are telling a much bigger story.

    Take his barely contained laughter over a friend’s ridiculous elf costume, or his simple announcement that it’s just begun to rain, or the very genuine gratitude in his eyes when he thanks backers for increasing their pledges during the project’s final days. With eleven days to go, a shadow of doubt flickers on his face, but it’s ultimately overpowered by the determination in his voice. Essentially, it’s a collection of small, human gestures that drive home a very important fact: this is a real person doing this, and they are asking for us to be a part of it.

    Phil’s “Coffee Talk” is a great example of how Kickstarter can be used to turn fundraising into community building; a tool to generate long-lasting connections with people who become as equally invested in your creative endeavor as you are. Remember, it’s not just what you’re doing that they care about — it’s also YOU.

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  2. Small Projects We Love

    Here are some small projects that caught our eye this week. As we noted earlier, these projects are defined by modest funding goals, shorter durations, and great small-backer rewards. Other than that, they can be absolutely anything! Check these out and see if they spark any ideas. If they do, give it a whirl!

    T-Shirts featuring Cephalopods, a Snail, a Whale, and Love

     


    Hannah Moore loves mollusks (who doesn’t?) so she’s printing her beautifully designed T-shirts of mollusks in love: a giant squid hugging a sperm whale, an octopus inking hearts, and a snail with a secret message. A mere $5 gets you a mollusk-themed sketch, $20 gets you a sketch and a T-shirt. —Ted 

    fiona’s band - angel city

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    Sometimes small projects come from the smallest project creators — in this case, eight-year-old Fiona. But don’t be fooled by her diminutive stature! Fiona’s been rocking since she was four, and writes lyrics that would put most indie rockers to shame. One of the first songs she ever wrote (with her dad as backing band) is called “Foot Makes Noise.” It’s featured as her first project update, and it’s wild to watch a 4-year-old Fiona effortlessly belt spontaneous lyrics. With a modest goal of $500, and individual songs going for $1, it’s no surprise that Fiona’s almost made her goal. At this rate, she’ll be releasing a boxed set within a few years! Another small project perhaps? —Cindy

    The Tumbleweed Collective: Revealing America One Object at a Time

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    Jackie Mock wants to document the overlooked corners of America by collecting souvenirs and historical relics from all 50 states. She plans to travel across the country and sculpt her finds into “tumbleweeds” representing each state. Part history lesson, part mobile art project, Jackie dreams big but thinks small: an overall goal of only $600, and a choice between TWO one dollar rewards. —Cassie

    Project Springfield - Creating the multi-layered 3D landscape from The Simpsons

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    “Project Springfield” is Kyle McCoy’s attempt to recreate the entire town of Springfield, beloved home of The Simpsons, as a multi-dimensional, pixel-art landscape. The final piece will be huge — over ten feet long and four feet high! — but his Kickstarter project is adorably small. A $3 pledge gets you an invite to the project’s unveiling, and a $10 piece of personalized pixel art of your favorite character. —Cassie

    I Check Coin Returns Project: Making WTF Moments

    Who doesn’t occasionally check a coin return to try to get lucky? Richard Kelley is rewarding those efforts by anonymously planting small buttons in coin returns around the country that carry messages like “Instant Winner,” “I Check Coin Returns,” and “I Have A Button.” This playful public art project will cover cities all over the country for a full year, all with a modest $400 goal. —Ted

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