Past, present, and future (oh, and a promo code)
Almost exactly a year ago today, each and every one of you played a part in transforming pixelstick from a prototype and a dream into the amazing creative tool now in hands of thousands of photographers and artists worldwide. When we began shipping in August, we knew we delivered something that exceeded the high expectations set during our campaign, and were excited to see what the community would create. We were blown away immediately as photo and video sharing sites exploded on day one with inspiring content that ran the gamut from a few people having a blast in their backyards to Ad Agencies using pixelstick in everything from car commercials to music videos. The latest such entry comes from the Irish agency Hoop-la, who partnered with street artist Maser to create a music video for U2’s Films of Innocence project:
To see pixelstick associated with a high profile band such as U2 is something we can honestly say we never envisioned. It’s a pleasure to know that pixelstick can be a fun and powerful tool in the hands of professionals as well as hobbyists.
So far, the feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive, but the one question we continue to receive from pixelstick owners is “Where can I get more bitmaps?”, which helped us realize a few things:
1. Not everyone has the time to create custom content
2. Even the people who do would probably love to have access to even more content, or be able to share what they’ve made with others.
3. There are plenty of non-pixelstick owners who would like to see their artwork used by others in this capacity.
With this in mind, back in October we began work in earnest on a full-featured website that will allow you to upload and share photos, bitmaps, animations, and source files freely, vastly increasing the amount of content available to the community. Some early wireframes below:
We expect to be able to launch this site, tentatively called Pixelstick Exchange, in early 2015. Save us from this name. We’ll send an Edible Arrangement to anyone who who can come up with a better title for the site. We hope you’re as excited about this as we are!
Finally, a few backers have contacted us to see if we’re offering any promotions to backers who want to give pixelstick as a gift… which was a good idea, so we are. If you know someone with pixelstick on their list this year (due in no small part to your bragging, we’re sure), you can use the coupon code pixelgift at thepixelstick.com to save $25!
To see how far pixelstick has come in a nutshell, below is the very first photo taken with the very first pixelstick prototype:
And by contrast, a promotional video made by the Hamburg Creative Collective a few weeks ago:
With that kind of improvement projection, we're looking forward to an exciting 2015!
Steve & Duncan