City Design Method Cards (Canceled)
City Design Method Cards (cards + mobile app + web) brings all aspects of city design together in one resource designed for everyone.
What is it? Like a book in a box, deck of cards:
- 250 cards with methods for creating great cities and towns across topics like City Design 101, Public Outreach, Economic Development, integrated Transportation & more
- A mobile app - all the print cards plus many others on a mobile app. Each "digital card" leverages tech for sharing, filing, and exploring the method in more detail.
- Web - each method has even more information and links on GreaterPlaces (a Planetizen Top 10 websites for this year).
What's in it for me? Better ways to:
- Engage people during public meetings - instead of a PowerPoint lecture, display cards for residents & businesses to learn & discuss ways to improve city design and services. Cards are visual, accessible conversation starters unlike any other tool we now use.
- Design with clients - quickly scan and prioritize design options for buildings and projects.
- Train staff and stakeholders - Mix and match best practices to better understand interlinking aspects of community design & governance.
- Use as a checklist - Make sure you have all the best options for a project or proposal.
- Have the very best in design at your fingertips - we are making a city design manual that never goes out of date for on-the-fly inspiration during meetings, walk tours, pop-up workshops, classroom sessions and more.
- The Method Cards - 12-15 color-coded decks of approximately 4" by 5" method cards that describe various methods for planning, designing, and governing cities and towns. There are a total of 250 cards - 40 of which are problem-solution cards from sponsors.
- Mobile app - the iOS app contains menus with (1) Decks & Method Cards, (2) Problem-Solution decks, (3) Special Collections, (4) a Marketplace for method experts and (5) links to information on our tech startup's website GreaterPlaces. The app & website will be updated continuously.
- NOTE: we also have stretch goals: If we reach $60,000 we can add Create-A Card (you can make your own cards with local examples), and if we meet $80,000, we can add files, card printing capabilities and an Android version of the app.
- Workshop - have Sarah Lewis and Lisa Nisenson hold a workshop using the Method Cards AND a game night with Cards Against Urbanity.
- Founders Status - everyone who supports this Kickstarter gets Founder status: we will send early alerts and deals on future products.
Use Cases for the print and digital cards:
Method cards are common in the design profession to help communicate multi-layered, visual concepts. Users have told us they will use the print cards and mobile app to:
- make public meetings more hands-on and engaging as people explore and group cards for better placemaking;
- work with clients who are new to planning concepts or need to consider different combinations of site design, infrastructure, and new mobility options;
- brainstorm during meetings or for writing reports;
- train staff across Department silos;
- work with students & use in University programs;
- create mini-design manuals; and
- market a planning or architecture firm, a non-profit or city's innovation.
See lists of card ideas at this GreaterPlaces link.
Activities during the Kickstarter Campaign
We will sponsor a lot of activities - you are part of a team:
- Crowdsourcing content - We need to know which decks you need in your work for the print cards. Once we select decks, we will turn to our community to nominate, write and supply images for cards (print and digital). Bookmark our Method Cards page and follow @CityDesignCards on Twitter and GreaterPlaces' Facebook page.
What Makes This Worth Backing Now (and Sharing Wildly)
- Tech - we combine aspects of Houzz, Pinterest & Tinder to provide new tools to civic innovators;
- Design Thinking - we dove into our users' daily lives to co-create tools specifically designed for civic innovation;
- Design Cred - GreaterPlaces was recently named a "Top 10 web site" by planning authority Planetizen and is a member of the tech incubator 1776. Our team is comprised of professionals in planning and architecture serving in national leadership positions and with extensive networks.
- Trends - As participatory governance takes off, millions of new people are coming to the city design table. We want them to be inspired and prepared; and
- Press - we've gotten really cool press.
Risks and challenges
1) Meeting the Goals - We need to meet our funding goal to deliver the minimum product. Once we meet that goal, we will only be able to deliver the premium features with stretch goals (e.g. - at $60,000 we can add Create-a-Card and at $80,000 we can add card printing and an Android version).
2) Vagaries of print and shipping costs. We have worked hard to pin down costs because cards are really expensive to print, but costs can change without warning.
3) Delivery dates - The Method Cards only work if we get the very best methods. We need our backer community's help identifying, writing and supplying images for cards to make November deadline. We won't print unless we feel we have the very best information.
4) Copyright - any images supplied need clear ownership and permission to use.
5) Materials - we have chosen a coated cardstock, roughly 4 by 5 inches. While we will stay close to this size, details like boxes and cut sheets will dictate the final size.
6) Design - the video and screen shots are prototypes; the final design will likely have a different (and much better) look. However, the features will be the same.
Finally there is a big risk we will leave people off our giant Thank You list. The original team (Sarah, Lisa, Abbey, Emily, Ben, Brian and Payton) thank our Cards Against Urbanity backers and followers, Andy Boenau and Warren Lane for video and photo support, Ryan Rinn and Tyler King from the Storefront for Community Design in Richmond, Danielle Worthing from Historic Richmond, Maat and Ngozi from UntoldRVA, the Emerging Local Government Leaders, Mike Christianson, Chris Forinash, Rachel Kaufman, Adam BeckLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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