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Bringing Messages to the Kickstarter Android App

Jul 27 2017

Some great news for Android fans: Starting today, we’re bringing our messaging tools to our Android app. And we’re doing it in a new way. Since we built this just for mobile, we designed a layout that’s similar to the way you’re used to seeing conversations on your phone.

To read and respond to your messages, just head to the main menu, visit your profile, and tap the envelope icon.

One of the best things about Kickstarter is the connections it builds — the ability for backers to communicate directly with favorite creators who are making amazing things. Our messaging tools are a key part of that, and we’re happy to be rolling them out to Android users today.

For the moment, the Android app doesn’t allow creators to access messages associated with their projects, but we’re working hard to make that happen soon. And, in case you missed it, creators can now post comments on their projects from the app.

If you aren’t using our Android app yet, you can get it here. Thanks for using Kickstarter on the go!

Announcing the 2017 Brooklyn Comedy Film Festival

Jul 27 2017
Poster design by @bransonreese
Poster design by @bransonreese

For the second year, Kickstarter and The Brooklyn Comedy Festival are teaming up to curate and present the Brooklyn Comedy Film Festival.

This year’s festival has been expanded from short films only into a diverse week-long program of feature-film premieres, cult classics revisited, mind-blowing shorts, and live conversations with the brains behind this year’s official selections.

“One thing we look for in curating the shorts, and the features too, is something extraordinary — some rare element that feels beyond the usual. This year’s lineup is like a big, weird feast," says Kickstarter’s Comedy Lead, Taylor Moore.

Screenings will take place August 21–27 at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Doors to weeknight feature events open at 7 p.m with screenings starting at 7:30 p.m. The festival concludes with two weekend brunch-hour short-film screenings on August 26 and 27 at 11 a.m. For a full festival lineup, see below.

Tickets are on sale now.

Festival Program

Monday, August 21, 7–9:30 p.m.

Sex House 

One of the most underseen and underappreciated works of satire in our time, Sex House is a hidden masterpiece. In 2012, the year of the Mayan apocalypse, The Onion's digital studios released Sex House, a web-exclusive pitch-black satire of America's reality-show driven culture, created by the nascent comedy writing collective Wild, Aggressive Dog. We'll be screening a brand new feature cut of the series and then speaking with the writers and director. Look upon their webseries, ye mighty. And despair.

Screening will be followed by a live conversation with Wild, Aggressive Dog, hosted by Sean Joseph Patrick Carney and Darcie Wilder.

Cast and Crew:
Directed by Geoff Haggerty. Written by Sam West, Sam Kemmis, Matt Klinman, Chris Sartinsky, Mike Pielocik and Geoff Haggerty.Starring Chris Boykin, Boyd Harris, Ashley Lobo, Jesse Dabson, Fiona Robert, Lea Pascal, and Chris Agos.

About Wild, Aggressive Dog: 
Wild, Aggressive Dog is a writing collective that formed at The Onion in NYC where they created video products such as Sex House, Porkin' Across America, Lake Dredge Appraisal, Dr. Good, and Onion Talks. After The Onion, W,AD teamed up with producer Becca Kinskey and Abominable Pictures to create the Adult Swim infomercials For Profit Online University, Smart Pipe, and Book of Christ, and the unaired pilot Dumb American Family. They are Sam West, Chris Sartinsky, Matt Klinman, Geoff Haggerty, Mike Pielocik, and Dan Klein. They are all presently in good health.

About the hosts: 
Sean Joseph Patrick Carney is the host of the Humor and the Abject podcast and the art/comedy impresario behind Social Malpractice Publishing.

Darcie Wilder is the author of Literally Show Me a Healthy Person and is creating the world's largest digital database of Cartman impressions.

Purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, August 22 7–9:30 p.m.

Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone

"This blissfully bonkers whatzit from unclassifiable dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team is part psychotropic performance art spectacle, part absurdist sketch show. The three Bing Bongs — Tallie Medel, Sunita Mani, and Eleanore Pienta — lounge about, pass gas, and periodically break into wondrously strange dance routines, with outer-space interludes, a serious consideration of doctor boners, and a ‘90s-style girl-group meltdown along the way. It all plays like a live-action cartoon piped in from a cotton-candy–colored alternate universe." —Nellie Killian, BAMcinemaTek

This screening will include a special LIVE appearance by Cocoon Central Dance Team and their retinue of surprise mystery guests.

Cast and Crew:
Directed by Rachel Wolther & Alex H. Fischer.
Starring Tallie Medel, Sunita Mani, and Eleanore Pienta, with appearances by Reggie Watts, Kate Berlant, Keith Poulson, and Joe Pera.
Based on an original performance by Cocoon Central Dance Team, aka Tallie Medel, Eleanore Pienta, and Sunita Mani.

Purchase tickets here.


Wednesday, August 23 7–9:30 p.m.

Village People

When Alan's wife flakes on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, he's joined by his all-too-eager brother-in-law Mike on a trip to Nicaragua's “Mercado Village,” a hipster resort for American tourists. As the two settle in, they meet Barbara, an American ex-pat who co-founded Mercado Village years earlier as a utopian haven for artists and free spirits. As Alan's relationship with Barbara evolves, his friendship with Mike takes an unexpected turn.

This screening will be followed by a live Q&A with the screenwriter, Dan Schoenbrun.

Cast and Crew:
Directed by Paul Briganti.
Written by Paul Briganti and Dan Schoenbrun. 
Starring Aya Cash (You're the Worst, The Wolf of Wall Street), George Basil (Crashing, Flaked, Wrecked), and Brandon Scott (Wreck-It Ralph, The Last of Us).

Purchase tickets here.


Thursday, August 24 7–9:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Food Drive

Convinced that hosting a lavish charity fundraiser will improve the public image of their unpopular restaurant, two women hire an intern to help them plan and execute a neighborhood food drive. Despite their somewhat good intentions, the team quickly succumbs to petulance and laziness. They make repeat attempts — trying to maintain positive attitudes — but cosmic maladies cripple their efforts and they soon find themselves doomed.

This screening will be followed by a live Q&A with the director, Jerzy Rose.

What other people are saying:

"Hilariously bleak, inventive, and utterly unique." — Jason Coffman, Daily Grindhouse

"A pertinent social commentary full of genuine hilarity and frank shock." — Nick Perry, Boston Hassle

"Rose fully commits to his absurdist, black comedy tone and it works wonders." — Ernesto Zelaya Miñano, ScreenAnarchy

Cast and Crew:
Directed by Jerzy Rose. 
Written by Jerzy Rose, Halle Butler, and Mike Lopez.
Starring Lyra Hill (Crimes Against Humanity), Bruce Bundy (The Hunger Games, The Greggs), Ruby McCollister (In the Realms of the Unreal), and Marco Barnes (Chicago PD).

Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27

Weekend Shorts

From endearing slices of life to mind-altering dadaist epics, these short films — culled from hundreds of contenders — offer an overview of the most interesting and funny auteurs working just outside your field of vision. For tickets and the complete program of each day, see below.

Saturday, August 26 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Purchase tickets here.

Balloonfest 
Directed by Nathan Truesdell

Cleveland attempts to overcome its nickname, “The Mistake by the Lake,” by launching a bunch of balloons.

This Is That Night 
Directed by Matt Braunsdorf

An innocuous fourth date between Jon and Kris evolves into a marathon conversation as they begin to really fall for each other. However, once they call out how well it's going, all bets are off.


Petals 
Directed by Ryan Bennett and Max Rosen

Man going by the name "Petals" rolls into town and boy, oh boy.


Buzz 
Directed by Mitch Magee 
Written by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe

A codependent woman has her life disrupted when her servile best friend wants to move out of their isolated mountain home to be with a man. She hatches an unusual plan to ensure she will never be alone. Patrick Carroll (Hail, Caeser!) plays Buzz, the object of such contentious desire, alongside James Pumphrey (FX's You're The Worst).


Ewwww 
Directed Alexei Slate

A couple’s first date ends with a rather unwelcome revelation. This comedy/sex-horror mashup is built like a grand mystery — see if you can spot the clues along the way.


Weird Creatures 
Directed by Manolo Moreno

Two blue collar cryptozoologists hunt for the mysterious Missouri Monster. It's Dr. Katz meets Ghostbusters.


Johnny Bubble 
Directed Alan Resnick

Johnny Bubble is a fictional creature who has lived a long and happy life with a beautiful family and strong ties to the community.


Business 
Directed by Kati Skelton

A terrified young man gets caught up in a surreal and demoralizing “business opportunity.” Will he make it out alive?


Magic Ranch 
Directed by Eamon Monaghan

Two ranch hands try to work through their personal problems and perform a weekly magic show.

Sunday, August 27 11 a.m. – 1p.m.

Purchase tickets here.

Improv Is Love 
Directed by Doron Max Hagay
Written by Matt Barats

In this laugh-out-loud classic, an aspiring improvisor has his priorities in wild disarray.


The Best Day of My Life 
Directed by Tynan Delong
Written by Eliza Hurwitz

A single day in the misadventures of Eliza Hurwitz, a sweetly naïve sales associate at Manhattan’s USA Girl Doll Store, who dreams of becoming an ENT doctor.


What a Feeling 
Directed by Jeff Nash

A dancer finds herself up for the opportunity of a lifetime. Does she have what it takes to achieve her dream?


Men Don't Whisper
Directed by Jordan Firstman

After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton decide the only way to regain their confidence and prove their masculinity is to sleep with some women. When they meet fellow conference attendees and pleasure seekers Beth and Dominique, it seems like a perfect match. Unfortunately sealing the deal is easier said than done.


Weird Creatures 
Directed by Manolo Moreno

Two blue collar cryptozoologists hunt for the mysterious Missouri Monster. It's Dr. Katz meets Ghostbusters.


Johnny Bubble 
Directed by Alan Resnick

Johnny Bubble is a fictional creature who has lived a long and happy life with a beautiful family and strong ties to the community.


Business 
Directed by Kati Skelton

A terrified young man gets caught up in a surreal and demoralizing “business opportunity.” Will he make it out alive?


Magic Ranch 
Directed by Eamon Monaghan

Two ranch hands try to work through their personal problems and perform a weekly magic show.


Balloonfest 
Directed by Nathan Truesdell

A Rust Belt city attempts to reclaim its pride by releasing millions of balloons into the skies.

About the Brooklyn Comedy Festival + Kickstarter 

Kickstarter is deeply committed to supporting independent filmmakers, funny or not. More than 20,000 projects have been successfully funded in Kickstarter's Film and Video category, with over $330 million in pledges and counting.

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival started in 2013 and has quickly become one of the premiere comedy events in NYC, bringing in performers of every level and discipline from all over the country and world.

The 2017 Brooklyn Comedy Film Festival will take place August 21–27. For more info, including ticket links, venue information, lineup updates, and news, visit bkcomedyfestival.com.

Our Next Great Leap

Jul 26 2017

Today I’m announcing that we are beginning the search for Kickstarter’s next CEO.

I’ve spent the last 12 years working on Kickstarter in many different roles. As a co-founder, as our first community support rep when we launched in 2009, as an evangelist sharing Kickstarter with creators, as a team-builder who has hired and supported so many wonderful people, and most recently as CEO.

Kickstarter’s mission is to help bring creative projects to life. As a Public Benefit Corporation, we strive to be a leader in thoughtful corporate governance. We’ve empowered more than 100,000 people to bring their book, album, movie, artwork, game, play, or product into existence. Kickstarter distributed more than $170 million to independent creators over the last three months — the biggest three-month stretch in our history.

Since 2014 when I became CEO, we made several great leaps: tripling the total dollars pledged to projects, launching Kickstarter to creators in 16 countries, and building an exceptional team of leaders at every level. Now we’re looking for someone who can push us to make our next great leaps.

Let me be the first to tell you: the job is great. The team is seriously ridiculous. 2017 will be our eighth straight profitable year. Great stuff is cooking in the oven. Being the CEO of Kickstarter is an unreal opportunity for someone with a deep connection to creative projects, someone who doesn’t believe in putting profit above all, and someone who’s excited by the challenge of building on a successful business that’s oriented to the long term.

While I’ll step down sometime later this year, I’ll continue to be out in the world sharing our story as a cofounder and #1 fan. And I’ll be getting up to some new projects, too. Stay tuned.

I want to thank my cofounders Perry and Charles, our board, and the team for fighting the good fight together. Hell yeah!

Celebrating 100,000 Kickstarter Creators

Jul 25 2017
The Martha Graham Dance Company has run three Kickstarter projects. Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.
The Martha Graham Dance Company has run three Kickstarter projects. Photo by Brigid Pierce. Courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company.

We were poking around in our stats and discovered that we recently passed a nice round milestone: More than 100,000 independent creators have funded their projects with Kickstarter.

Those creators come from every corner of the creative universe. They are documentary filmmakers, tabletop game developers, fashion designers, and open-source hardware tinkerers. They come from Provo and Malmo and Tulum. Some ran a single project that raised $100. Some have run dozens of projects. There are individuals like the designer Ji Lee with his Redundant Clock, and important cultural organizations like the Martha Graham Dance Company. Together they paint a picture of the independent creative landscape today.

Here are some numbers behind those funded creators (there are actually closer to 107,000 of them already!):

  • Number of projects successfully funded on Kickstarter: 128,586 
  • Number of creators who have run more than one successfully funded project: 12,107 
  • Average amount raised by successfully funded projects: $21,698 
  • Median amount raised by successfully funded projects: $5,050 
  • Total amount of money pledged to successfully funded projects: $2,790,010,435 
  • Number of backers who have pledged to a successfully funded project: 11,789,656 
  • Total number of pledges to successfully funded projects: 32,863,094 
  • Average number of backers for successfully funded projects: 255

Many Kickstarter projects are the first step on a much longer creative journey. Creators often return to Kickstarter again and again to share their latest ideas with the people who helped get them started. For these creators, Kickstarter is a way to sustain their creative practice and engage a community over the long term. In fact, more than a third of the $3 billion pledged on Kickstarter has gone to repeat creators. Recently we celebrated many of these creators by asking them to put new spins on rewards from past projects for Kickstarter Gold.

None of these successes would have happened without the generous support of the backers who fuel this entire creative ecosystem. People from nearly every country on Earth have backed a project. To date, 13.2 million people have gotten behind ideas in the earlier stages of development here. And 32% of those people have supported more than one project.

When you combine that loyal backer community with our creators and their remarkable ideas, almost anything can happen. Here’s to the next 100,000 funded creators!

For more data on Kickstarter projects, check out our live stats page.

40+ Ideas to Inspire Your Project of Earth

Jul 20 2017

How would you explain the diversity of life and culture on Earth to someone — or something — from a far-away planet?

In 1977 Carl Sagan and his team created the Golden Record — a collection of scenes, sounds, music, and greetings representing life on Earth — and launched it into space on NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 probes. Intended as a message for other intelligent life forms who might encounter these spacecraft and wonder about their origins, the record was also an exercise in self-discovery and reflection.

Four decades later, we’re still inspired by the imagination, optimism, and curiosity that went into creating this terrestrial time capsule. So we’re asking you to contribute to making something that represents life on Earth in 2017 by putting your own imaginative idea out there for others to discover. We know, we know — representing a whole planet is a huge undertaking. That’s why we’re inviting our entire community to take part. Combined, these projects will form a portrait of the Earth today: our accomplishments, challenges, hopes, and dreams, conveyed through a diverse collection of creative projects.

What can you create to represent your little corner of the universe?

To help get your ideas flowing, we’ve collected 40 past Kickstarter projects that touch on Projects of Earth’s key themes. Take a look and begin planning — then sign up to receive creator updates and start building your project.


Exploration

“Making the record provided us with a unique opportunity to view our planet, our species, and our civilization as a whole.”  —Carl Sagan, Murmurs of Earth

Unscrambling Africa
Four friends from Nairobi, Kenya hit the road to explore and document thirteen cities across southern Africa through art and photography.

The Great American Farm Tour
A family of six piled into a converted school bus to meet people across the United States using backyards, homesteads, and farms for sustainable food production.

Let’s Sail Around the World!
Emily Richmond embarked on a solo voyage around the world and invited backers to follow along.

OpenROV Trident
You don’t have to travel to space to discover a vast realm full of strange lifeforms. This swimming robot opens up underwater exploration to everyone.


Pictures of Earth

“I found myself increasingly playing the role of extraterrestrial… I would look at pictures and imagine I’d never seen the subject before.” —Jon Lomberg on selecting images for the Golden Record, Murmurs of Earth

Eyes as Big as Plates
Photographers Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen collaborated with over fifty seniors from ten countries on this photo series exploring modern humans’ relationship with nature.

Soviet Bus Stops
Christopher Herwig cataloged the surprisingly imaginative architecture of Soviet bus stops

A 4-Year-Old's Portrait of the American West
Cowboys, gamblers, sunsets and more, seen through the lens of National Geographic's youngest photographer, Hawkeye Huey.

The Priests and Pilgrims of Ethiopia
Photographer Chris Roche documented ceremonies at the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia — part of an ongoing series exploring commonalities across different religions.

Racing Age
Portraits of master track and field athletes who are redefining the stereotypes and limitations of age.

Music of Earth

“Our previous messages [sent into space] had contained information about what we perceive and how we think. But there is much more to human beings than perceiving and thinking. We are feeling creatures. However, our emotional life is more difficult to communicate, particularly to beings of very different biological make-up. Music, it seemed to me, was at least a creditable attempt to convey human emotions.” —Carl Sagan, Murmurs of Earth

God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, and others interpret songs by delta blues pioneer Blind Willie Johnson, whose music was included on the Voyager Golden Record to represent "cosmic loneliness."

The Global Jukebox Song Tree
Alan Lomax picked many of the musical selections on the Golden Record. You can travel the Earth many times over though his expansive archive of recordings.

Landfill Harmonic
Turning garbage into musical instruments for an orchestra of Paraguayan children to play.

Ranky Tanky
This Charleston South Carolina quintet is reviving seldom-heard Gullah music from America's southeastern Sea Islands.

Madagascar: Music of Hope and Ecstasy
Afropop Worldwide traveled to Madagascar to research and produce three audio documentaries about the island’s eclectic music.

Sounds of Earth

“The process of selecting the sounds began outside of Ithaca, New York, on a bright spring day that was auspiciously abuzz with wild May country noises… We tried to think of every sound we’d ever heard, and I wrote most of them down. On the following day I returned to New York City and set about trying to locate the best examples of each.” —Ann Druyan, Murmurs of Earth

The World According to Sound
Singing sand, a cat organ, and the secret sounds giraffes make when the sun goes down are just a few things you’ll hear on this 90-second podcast for the aurally fixated.

Yosemite Soundscapes 
Saxophonist Patrick Cress performed a duet with nature, playing over a bed of sounds from alpine meadows in Yosemite National Park.

The Loneliest LP 
A record documenting the loneliest whale in the world’s unique 52 hertz song.

Field Kit - Electroacoustic Workstation
This portable device lets you capture the sounds in the world around you and remix them into electroacoustic music.

Greetings from Earth

“The greetings part of the record is a celebration of the human spirit, emphasizing our gregariousness, our joy in being the social creatures we are.” —Linda Salzman Sagan, Murmurs of Earth

Mysterious Letters
Michael Crowe and Lenka Clayton are writing a unique letter to every household in the world, one town at a time.

 

The Truth Booth
Artist Hank Willis Thomas has taken his 14-foot, speech-bubble-shaped video booth around the world, inviting members of the public to record messages completing the statement, "The truth is...."

Welcome to Our City
These screen-printed maps offer a simple but powerful message: all are welcome here.

Pen Pals
Typographer Harald Geisler is recreating letters exchanged between Freud and Einstein in 1932, discussing if and how it would be possible to save humanity from war forever.

Food

“Although the picture is somewhat comic to us, it presents a great deal of information about how our mouths work. It also tells the galaxy that we live by bread, water, and ice cream.” —Jon Lomberg on representing eating on the Golden Record, Murmurs of Earth

Recipes by People
758 backers from 51 countries contributed 866 recipes to this crowdsourced cookbook.

Foraging & Feasting
A field guide to identifying and cooking with wild edible plants.

Cosmik: Unmeltable Ice Cream for Adventure 
A gourmet update of everyone’s favorite astronaut food.

Humans, Animals, and Plants

Masters Of Anatomy 
An anatomy book like no other, featuring contributions from more than 100 celebrated animators, illustrators and comic-book artists.

A Country Divine
Two brothers used the palm lines in their hands to chart a journey across the United States.

Fire & Bone
A tiny menagerie of animal skulls, 3D-scanned from actual specimens and cast in metal.

Leafscape
Hyperrealistic watercolour paintings of leaves.

PlantSnap
An app that lets you identify plants in the wild by snapping a picture with your phone.

The Ark
When work started on this VR documentary, there were seven northern white rhinos left on Earth. Now there are just three.

Space

“We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination, and our good will in a vast and awesome universe.”
—President Jimmy Carter, Voyager Spacecraft Statement

SpaceTime Coordinates
Artistic prints depicting the alignment of the planets in our solar system on the day you were born — or any other day you’d like.

1000 Student Projects to the Edge of Space
A satellite carrying students' ping-pong-ball-sized science experiments to the edge of space.

The Universe in a Sphere
Hold our supercluster of 380,000 galaxies in your hand.

Mars on Earth
Documenting a dress rehearsal for a colony on Mars

The Future

“No one sends such a message on such a journey, to other worlds and beings, without a positive passion for the future. For all the possible vagaries of the message, they could be sure that we were a species endowed with hope and perseverance, at least a little intelligence, substantial generosity, and a palpable zest to make contact with the cosmos.” —Carl Sagan, Murmurs of Earth

Mathews Mazilla Time Capsule
Students at an elementary school in Austin, Texas created a time capsule for kids of the future to discover.

Investing in Futures
A deck of cards designed to help you imagine alternative global futures.

The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project
Lauren Halsey’s installation, constructed with the community in South Central Los Angeles, adopts the future-facing permanence of ancient hieroglyphs to create a visual archive of the neighborhood.

The Work and Ideas of Carl Sagan

"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.” —Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition
Forty years after it was launched into space, the Golden Record finally got a proper terrestrial release. A lot of Earthlings were excited to get their hands on a copy.

Pioneer Plaque: A Message from Earth
A meticulous recreation of the precursor to the Golden Record, launched in 1972 and 1973 aboard NASA’s Pioneer spacecraft.

Pale Blue Die: Dice That Underscore The Need For Kindness
A set of dice inspired by the Voyager 1's 1990 photograph of Earth from six billion miles away.

LightSail
The Planetary Society, now lead by Bill Nye, is realizing its founder, Carl Sagan’s vision of a spacecraft propelled by sunlight.



To take part in Projects of Earth, launch a Kickstarter project between August 20 and September 5 that creatively explores some facet of life on Earth. Sign up to receive creator updates and start building your project.

Creating a Visual Archive of South Central L.A. with Artist Lauren Halsey

Jul 14 2017

“[South Central L.A.] is a dream world. It’s beautiful. It’s powerful. It’s the most creative place I’ve ever been in the world.” —Visual artist Lauren Halsey

Through art, Lauren Halsey is working to challenge narratives of South Central L.A. Earlier this year, the she launched The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project on Kickstarter, a public art installation empowering residents of South Central L.A. to share their own stories. Once constructed, the installation will invite visitors to carve “hieroglyphs” into a series of blank panels, creating a visual archive of the neighborhood. The space will also be used to host community events — from outdoor concerts with local musicians to meetings that facilitate dialogue around the neighborhood’s rapid gentrification.

“As people are being pushed out of their context, their neighborhoods, their narratives, I think we need the platform to tell our stories,” she says of the collaborative project.

In the video above, Halsey shares how she got motivated to share her own story.

Inspired to bring a project of your own to life? Get started here.

Announcing Kickstarter Gold: Bold New Takes on Iconic Projects

Jun 20 2017

Some of the most inventive projects in Kickstarter history are back — with a twist.

3Doodler. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. Music for Cats. Chineasy. These are just a few of the iconic projects whose creators are launching new campaigns today as part of Kickstarter Gold. Now through July 31, a group of over 65 exceptional artists, designers, musicians, and makers will be back on Kickstarter, putting new spins on ideas from their past projects. Whether you’re just discovering their work or you’re a long-time fan, you’ll have the opportunity to support some of Kickstarter’s most inspired creators — and collect exciting rewards that aren’t available anywhere else.

Participating creators were specially selected for their creativity, ingenuity, and past success on Kickstarter. We’re spotlighting them because they do excellent work — and because creators who repeatedly use Kickstarter to support and sustain creative ventures are an integral part of our community's ecosystem. In fact, a third of all pledges to successful Kickstarter projects — over $1 billion since 2009 — have gone to projects from these repeat creators. 

So, spoiler alert: Kickstarter Gold creators are making some truly incredible things. Explore all the live Kickstarter Gold projects to see for yourself. You can also follow along to learn creators’ stories and what it takes to bring your best ideas to life.

Here are just a few of the Kickstarter Gold projects launching today:

3Doodler

When 3Doodler introduced the world’s first 3D-printing pen on Kickstarter in 2013, it felt a bit like (really cool) science fiction come to life. It seems rather fitting that they’re now creating special Star Trek-themed pens and project kits with which you’ll be able to doodle your own otherworldly Starship Enterprises, tricorders, or Spock ears.

 

Primo/Cubetto

Refined over the course of two Kickstarter campaigns, the Primo team’s friendly wooden robot, Cubetto, gives kids a playful, hands-on introduction to coding concepts. For Kickstarter Gold, the team is creating Cubetto Adventure Packs: maps and story books that place the boxy protagonist in imaginative scenarios and present programming challenges for kids to figure out.

 

Hal Hartley

In 2011, independent filmmaker and composer Hal Hartley launched his first Kickstarter campaign to distribute his narrative feature Meanwhile; he later returned to the platform to fund the making of Ned Rifle. Now he’s making a DVD box set of his award-winning “Henry Fool” trilogy, presented in HD for the first time. He also plans to release After The Catastrophe, an album featuring brand-new arrangements of songs he wrote for the films.

Karyn Parsons

In 2015, Karyn and her organization, Sweet Blackberry — whose mission is to share little-known stories of African-American achievement with kids — came to Kickstarter to create an animated short film about Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. Her new project, also an animated short, will tell the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to become a pilot.

 

Matthew Hoffman

In the five years prior to 2013, which is when Matthew Hoffman launched a Kickstarter campaign for the You Are Beautiful book, half a million stickers bearing his simple, powerful message had traveled around the world. Today, he and his team are back and aiming to create public installations of those three sweet words in every U.S. state.

 

Music for Cats

In 2015, David Teie launched a Kickstarter campaign for a meticulously researched, scientifically based album of music created just for cats. While the songs were made to be palatable for humans too, only one, “Lolo’s Air,” was truly made for humans and cats to share. For this new album, Teie is composing and recording eight more tracks for you and your feline friend to enjoy — together.

 

ShaoLan Hsueh

In 2013, ShaoLan Hsueh launched Chineasy — an illustrated methodology for learning Chinese — with the help of over 5,000 backers on Kickstarter. For Kickstarter Gold, she’s transforming the concepts developed in Chineasy into a tile game, bringing a delightful element of play to the language-learning journey. 

 

Timbuktu

The Timbuktu Labs team raised almost $700,000 to print Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a children’s book of stories about great women in history that has since become an international best-seller. Now, they’re back and making a sequel that will feature 100 more amazing women — and they’re working on a podcast, too.

 

Wafaa Bilal

In 2016, artist and professor Wafaa Bilal launched 168:01, an initiative to rebuild and replenish the library at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad, which was destroyed during the Invasion of the Iraq. For Kickstarter Gold, Bilal will be building upon those efforts, remodeling the library to make suitable space for books as they are replaced, and for students to read and study.

 

Zach Weinersmith

Zach Weinersmith has a long track record of successful Kickstarter projects, from single-use monocles to illustrated children's adventure books. But in 2015, the comic-maker made a completely rewritten bible (“abridged beyond the point of usefulness”) which fast became one of the most popular books he’d ever published. Clearly, the logical next step was to abridge science — all of it — into a pocket-sized book as well.

 

Today and in the coming weeks, you can look forward to over 50 more Kickstarter Gold projects from the following creators:

Amy Chu, Adam Lewis Greene of BibliothecaBeehive BooksCesar Kuriyama of 1 Second Everyday App, Copper Canyon PressCraighton Berman, CW&TDaniele FrazierDave & Calvin LaituriDavid Bonney of Atheist ShoesElly Blue, Genis Carreras of PhilographicsGryphon and Eagle Games, Hannah ShafferHans Reichstetter of Buffoonery FactoryHarald GeislerHolly M. CliftonHope Nicholson, Jeff McComsey, Jerobeam Fenderson of Oscilloscope Music, John Vanderslice of Tiny TelephoneK.lynnKaty Pyle of Ballez, Kelly AngoodKilpatrick AudioKwanza Osajyefo of BLACKLiz & Sarah Downey of Two TumbleweedsMagical MicrobesMaryam OmidiMike AmbsNicholas Palumbo & Simon George Thomas of Dachi Tea CoOru KayakPeoplePeoplePhillip David Stearns of Glitch TextilesPublic LabRicky LimaRob LoukotkaRobyn Jasko of Homesweet HomegrownRoland MillerRyan NorthSafwat SaleemScott TeplinSean Bonner of SafecastSpencer Wright & Zach Dunham of Centerline EngineeringStrand DesignSunhouseThornwillowToonhound Studios, Ursula Murray HustedUusiVlad Dragusin + Candylab ToysWalter Mason of Marble RunZan Christensen.

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Learn more about Kickstarter Gold creators via our hub of creator stories — we'll be sharing new features now through the end of July. You can also stay in the loop on all things Kickstarter Gold by subscribing to our newsletters.

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Our Messaging Tools Just Got Better

Jun 15 2017

More than 27,000 messages a day pass through Kickstarter’s messaging system. That’s a lot to keep up with, especially for active backers and creators. So we’ve rolled out something new on the Kickstarter site: a revamped messaging system that makes it easier to manage the flow.

You’ll notice that your message box has a cleaner look and some new features. A popup menu on the right lets you choose from different views of your messages — including new Spam and Archive options. And you can archive messages from here with one click.

When you’re looking at a message from a creator, you’ll now see more information about their project and your pledge on the left side. The buttons up top let you archive messages that you want to save for later, or report messages as spam.

Speaking of spam, creators have told us they get too many unsolicited pitches from marketers and other service providers. So we've added a new service that should automatically flag those messages and keep them out of your inbox. If the system doesn't catch a spam message, you can improve the filters and help everyone out by tagging it manually. You can also go to your Spam box to review messages and mark them as “not spam” if need be. 

 We’ve just made these new messaging features available to all of our users. We hope they improve backer-creator communication and make your inbox a better place to be!