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If you're looking to use crowdfunding for a project, you're probably thinking of Kickstarter as a way to get that done. There are other great options, but Kickstarter does have a lot going for it with a big audience and a well-known platform.

I recently started up a Kickstarter project for my continuous calendar design. While I'm still in the process of it all and am not yet at my goal, I wanted to document what I've gone through to even get here. Should I succeed I'll do a follow-up as well. Because sharing is caring, right?

This Instructable is a rough guide covering the basic elements about creating a project and fine-tuning it for Kickstarter. It is by no means comprehensive, but Kickstarter does have lots of excellent resources as well at their Kickstarter School.

UPDATE: Goal has been reached! Still a few days left, though.
 
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Step 1: Find a project you really want to do

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Note: If you already having a burning need to do a project you can skip this step, but it's still worth a quick look.

This first part is very important. The project you want to do should be something that you really want to do. Maybe you even feel like you need to do it. You are going to be spending a lot of time talking about, discussing, analyzing, and promoting this project. To keep doing all that and still be excited about it is key so make sure this fire is burning within you.

For me, this happened with the calendar. I printed up a test b&w version at full size at a local mom & pop printer for $5 (keywords: engineering print). It was awesome and I started filling it up with events and plans, but it was clearly something only a parent could love. The design needs color to work right. The only problem was that adding color costs at least $40. That was the mom & pop printer price ($90 at FedEx Office!), but that is on glossy and it needs to be matte or uncoated.

It was frustrating me so much that printing something like this would be so out of reach. But that's just the way it is for digital prints. At best I could've done a lower quality version for $30 each, but it wasn't what I wanted and it's hard to convince others to opt in even at that price.

So I was in a very frustrating spot of wanting to share my design with others and being completely unable to do so. It sucked. I wanted the idea out of my head and into others' homes. I very much needed to get it out there and be complete so I can move on to other projects.

Maybe that's just me. I obsess about something until it's done, it's out there. I need it to be finished because along the way other ideas are bubbling up that I want to try as well. Do you want to hear about a welding project to make people look like they're floating? How about the suspended hollow whale that is lit inside by RGB LEDs and responds colorfully to tweets? Or even a few dozen more ideas for a clock? I would like to, but first there's this business about a calendar I need to get out of the way.

So if you have an idea that for you is burning a hole in your brain I'd say you're good to go.
bertus52x112 years ago
Thanks! This is useful.
fungus amungus (author)  bertus52x112 years ago
Cool, hope it helps
Toadsoup2 years ago
I'm happy to be an early bird backer on your project. It looks like it will be super useful for me. I really like the format of this. I almost want to get one for every hobby and activity. =P

Thanks for the indestructible to go along with the project. The more I read kickstarter projects, the more off the wall ideas I get for my own projects.

Now that you're halfway there, don't stop promoting the project like a madman! I am fired up about and looking forward to getting my copy.

(Feedback on the calendar feel free to take or leave it- for the week numbers in the middle, it might improve visually if they were a little lighter in color. In my mind at least they are sharp and cut your eyes away from the dates)

I can't believe I'm excited about a calender.
fungus amungus (author)  Toadsoup2 years ago
Hah! Yes, I am working on promoting it. In fact, this is a part of promoting it. But I figured that if I was going to ask people to check out my project that I'd try and give back 10x in return.

Good point about the week numbers. There are a few changes that will need to be made to the design. I've been trying to get all of them done for an update soon. I appreciate all the feedback and will hopefully have some very cool news to share as well.
wilgubeast2 years ago
I like your article about XXARTICLETITLEXX. This is legitimately helpful information for getting started, getting noticed, and I will be excited to see XXYOURPROJECTTITLEXX get funded on Kickstarter. /fakespam
fungus amungus (author)  wilgubeast2 years ago
Thank you, Wadebot!