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See you later - Hum
Hum’s Kickstarter has ended, but just as project update #3 discusses, Hum will be back. Please contact me (Emily) through Kickstarter for any further interest or information regarding Hum - if you would like to be notified of future production runs, please sign up to >>> Hum's mailing list <<<
Hum has been so thankful to receive all of your love, attention, and interest throughout this campaign. Hum was inspired by home, and it is coming to life because of you and other wonderful individuals. Hum has appeared on Kickstarter’s front page for 'Design', it has long represented the 'Design in Chicago' section of Kickstarter, and it has been selected as a Kickstarter staff pick. Not only has Hum been standing strong on Kickstarter, but check out the below links to read more about Hum (along with other student projects) on additional media sites.
Hum is a hummingbird feeder that hangs quietly outside of your home in a common viewing space (such as an open porch or just outside of a window). The thin profile and line-work throughout Hum aim to keep its presence at a minimum until capturing a feeding hummingbird in its circle frame, thus transforming the feeder entirely.
While Hum has no visitors, it acts as a frame for surrounding views and occasionally catches your eye - just as the hummingbird does.
Hum is small in size for it's small, fleeting users, but also to encourage regular maintenance of the contained food. Many hummingbird feeders do not fully acknowledge the importance of the food maintenance and/or many other necessary considerations of the birds they feed. Hum shows its thoughtfulness in many areas, such as the perch, which floats over top of the frame to provide relaxation to hummingbirds, but only before or after feeding, because perching while feeding can be very dangerous for the bird's health.
Design decisions towards Hum are ultimately driven by necessary results of function and consideration of hummingbirds. The red interior attracts the hummingbirds, then guiding them to the centered red piece of the feeder which communicates the place for them to feed.
The aesthetic of Hum utilizes homelike materials because of the feeder's direct inspiration of the home, due to the fact that for me, the designer, home is the place in which I first recognized the bliss that hummingbirds unknowingly provide. Even the quickest glimpse of these small creatures offers a delightful energy for any individual – sometimes even an entire household. Home is a place to share such experiences with loved ones. Home harnesses these moments to develop a connectedness that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Hummingbird feeders are wonderful in their function of providing nourishment, but it is when one catches sight of the attracted birds that the real magic happens. Hum is inspired by quiet, sweet, honest moments of excitement and joy. The feeder does not create these moments alone - it attracts the hummingbirds that do so. Hum simply feeds, frames, and welcomes our unexpected moments of bliss.
How Hum Works
Feeding with Hum
Hum may attract hummingbirds with it's aesthetic and potentially its location, but the hummingbirds will begin to multiply and stick around once Hum becomes a discovered food source. It is important to be considerate to the hummingbirds' health.
Hummingbird food should most closely approximate the sugar concentration to the nectar found in many flowers (which is the primary food source for hummingbirds, along with certain insects).
To make hummingbird food for Hum, you should:
- Comprise 4 parts boiled water to one part white refined sugar
Feel free to make a large batch of food concentration to refrigerate for later refills of Hum, but do not store these leftovers for any longer than 2 weeks.
You should not:
- Use honey-based solutions
- Purchase commercial nectar mixes if colored/dyed
- Add red coloring to your nectar
- Mix artificial sweeteners
- Use a stronger sugar to water ratio for your sugar solution
All of the above points can be harmful to the hummingbird for various reasons (each of which could be deadly).
Hummingbird feeders require maintenance because the food's sugar solution is susceptible to mold and fermentation if the feeder is not regularly cleaned. Ignoring this maintenance could be harmful to hummingbird health.
Cleaning Hum is simple - here's how:
1. Every 3-4 days, or whenever refilling Hum, wash the inside of the feeder with a mild detergent and hot water.
2. Rinse well before refilling.
Simply remove the cork stopper and and use a small cleaning brush if needed in order to fulfill the above steps.
Materials of Hum
Hum consists of a wooden body that is coated with a protective finish, and detailed with red acrylic paint on the interior surface. The body is a water tight vessel - simply an extruded cylindrical profile that is sealed between two inset pieces of glass, adhered using a silicone glue, similar to glue used around windows and shower doors, keeping the hummingbird food from leaking out. This hummingbird food is reached by the visiting hummers through the short, centered plastic straw which is friction fit. The brass details and threaded twine pull all of Hum's design together, attracting friendly visitors.
Rewards for Hum
$2 or more - Thank you
$10 or more - Print of the Hum fabric bag artwork & a personal thank you
$100 or more - Hum, received in a hand painted bag
Thank you, all
& a special "thank you" to Will Wisniewski for the lovely music used in the Hum video.
Risks and challenges
The limited number of available Hums is primarily due to the time of production/shipment, considering that it is overlapping with surrounding engagements (very exciting!). This Kickstarter project is about personal design practice, learning from launching, and starting to better understand the entrepreneurial design world by doing.
With that being said, the manufacturing is secured and prototypes have successfully been produced, meaning that there should be little worry towards any risks of supporting Hum.
It is important to remember that you are supporting an independent design. This presents possible delays; something that can be expected for many Kickstarter projects in nature. Learn more about Kickstarter and your support here: https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/kickstarter-is-not-a-store
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