Welcome to Kickstarter!
We’re Nick Yulman, Heather Corcoran, and Laura Feinstein, Kickstarter’s Design & Tech team. We work with designers, engineers, and inventors to help them bring their ideas to life.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, there’s so much here to discover: music-tech projects like Artiphon and Nura, pioneering 3D technology like Looking Glass Factory’s holographic display, elegant environmental design like the Nebia water-saving shower and Genusee’s upcycled eyeglasses, and citizen science projects like Bento Lab’s biotech toolkit. And that’s just scratching the surface.
- As a first step, we recommend checking out our Creator Handbook.
- These design creators share their tips on setting your funding goal, planning rewards, telling your story, building your community, and anticipating obstacles and delays.
- And these technology creators share their tips on building a community, planning your rewards, establishing vendor relationships, and displaying your product.
- Looking to extend your practice beyond the gallery and sharing your thoughts in a practical context? Here are 5 product design and manufacturing tips — for artists.
- Simone Giertz, well-known for her dysfunctional robot videos on YouTube, took to Kickstarter to make an electronic device that actually works.
- Granby Workshop is an architectural ceramics studio in England that grew out of a larger effort to revitalize Liverpool’s Granby neighborhood.
- Studio Neat have nine successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belt, here they share everything they’ve learnt.
- Actor and woodworker, Nick Offerman, talks about creativity as a design for life.
- Shawn Frayne and Looking Glass Factory are working to prevent a dystopian headset-only future.
- Beeline was created following a frustrating bike ride, and over 3,000 backers helped to bring it to life.
- Two furniture designers (who have also run Kickstarter campaigns) talk about opportunities and challenges in the realm of reinventing furniture.
- Jesse Genet of Lumi shares 3 tips for planning packaging and shipping before launch.
- Beryl’s Laserlight was born on Kickstarter, read more about how it was made here.
- Check out this list of pointers from our team, for how best to share your prototype. The creators of Blubel, also share their experience with prototyping.
- A team of Apple, Tesla, and NASA alumni are working to turn the stigma of the “low flow” shower on its head.
- Bento Lab co-founder Bethan Wolfenden talks about how her project got started, what she learned, and how beta testers have used it for some surprising projects.
- And lastly, make sure that your project is honestly and clearly presented.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look at the Design Explore page and Technology Explore page. We’ve also shared some of our favorite projects below:
- Designed by and for 3D creators, The Looking Glass is the first desktop holographic display with no headgear required.
- Nebia’s mission is to fundamentally change the way that we interact with water. Started on Kickstarter, they just successfully ran their third project.
- Play any instrument on just one instrument? Artiphon has come up with an intuitive way to create music and play any sound.
- Using recycled plastic bottles that are a result of the Flint Water Crisis, Genusee used Kickstarter to create sustainable eyewear.
- Bento Lab is a DNA lab that allows you to take a biological sample, extract its DNA, and conduct a simple genetic analysis, anywhere you go.
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