Kickstarter is gaining momentum as a popular way to fund creative projects online. This is good news for small creative businesses that are struggling for funding. If you have a great project but little capital to get it up and running, maybe Kickstarter can help get that film/album/art-book off the ground.
The site works like this: You can build your own page where you set out your project, including the amount of money required funding it. If people like your pitch then backers will pledge money. If you reach your funding target before a set deadline, then you will receive your money to start the project. If the money is not raised by the deadline, then no money is given.
Below are three Kickstarter projects that really caught our eye. We hope you like them too!
Home is where you park it
By Foster Huntington
Funding required: $45,000
Deadline: 9th October
Foster Huntington quit his job in New York City two years ago to go travelling around the USA in his VW camper van. Along the way he has taken photos of and written about other camper van travellers he has met. Huntington is now looking to make a high quality photo-book documenting these people and the lives they lead on the road.
Huntingdon is clearly and excellent photographer whose atmospheric and well-conceived photos will make up the backbone of this book. Taken on 120mm and 35mm film, the images have a grainy, retro quality that gives a quirky, yet quality feel. The 125-page book will be available in a hard cover coffee table format, measuring 11 x 11 inches.
The 2014 Cut Paper Art Calendar
By Patrick Gannon
Funding required: $2,200
Deadline: 7th October
Patrick Gannon’s highly stylised paper art is extremely eye catching. Made entirely from cut paper and wood, the detailed pictures are inspired by Japanese art and Patrick is intending to use funding to create a calendar comprising some of his best work.
The pledge money will cover the cost of printing over 100 full-colour A4 size wall calendars. The calendars are around 8.25 x 12 inches when closed, or 16.5 inches high when opened. The pledge money also covers the cost of packaging for shipment all over the world from Gannon’s home in Fukuoka, Japan.
By Pet Cube Inc.
Funding required: $100,000
Deadline: 5th November
If you’re a pet owner, you’ll probably want to fund this project’s production! The Pet Cube and its phone app allow you interact with your cat or dog while at a different location. It’s built-in microphone, video camera and speakers let you see, hear and talk to the pet. The last pointer will also let you play with your furry friend too!
The compact and portable Petcube measures 4 x 4 x 4 inches. It is made from extruded aluminium casing and features a front glass, wide-angle camera, a low intensity laser, microphone and speakers. The device is mains powered by a mini-USB adapter and uses your home Wi-Fi to connect to your phone.