Kickstarter has been growing — OK, skyrocketing — since its start in 2009, raising nearly $300 million and launching 70,000 projects. With so many campaigns and so much money comes a lot of data, leading to new ways to explore, categorize, and display Kickstarter’s output. Launching into that niche today is Things We Start, a real-time, interactive, searchable data visualization map of live Kickstarters, and it brings some interesting potential for prospective campaigners and backers alike.
Great Kickstarter project (note: also a colleague related project)!
We are struck by how little we know about the beautiful art around us we pass by everyday and wanted to do something about it. The ArtAround project is about mapping the beautiful art in San Francisco, and, perhaps, change the way you understand and explore the city with a web and mobile application that lets you find, comment on, and share street and public art.
Almost 50,000 projects have sought financing on Kickstarter since the site began on April 28, 2009. About half successfully reached their fund-raising goals. Each dot represents how much a project raised by its deadline. Active projects are shown as of 5:30 p.m. Friday.
We’re really excited about this milestone. A million people is a lot — more than ten Rose Bowls! To celebrate we’d like to take a closer look at Kickstarter’s first million backers.
Hey there! We’re on a mission to make Kickstarter better every day and we’d love your participation in our most fun-filled effort yet. We’ve asked infographic maestro Nicholas Felton, of the famed Feltron Annual Report and Daytum, to kindly help us turn our data — like the stats you see on the upper right-hand side of this page — into something more fun, exciting and intuitive; not to mention sexy as hell. If you’re anything like us, infographics turn you on in a big way. We think they’re super fun, and Nicholas knows how to whip them into shape better than anyone we know. If you’re not familiar with his work definitely check out the links above — but don’t forget to come back :). Any money raised will be used to pay for Nicholas’ time and brain-power, and will allow him to buy-back a miniature jade skull he was forced to sell when he lost his job as a Burmese cartographer. Please join us in this effort to make Kickstarter even cooler, and get some fun rewards to boot. Thanks for stopping by! (Examples from Nicholas Felton’s 2007 & 2008 Annual Reports respectively)
Two years ago today on April 28, 2009, Kickstarter launched. There was no party, little fanfare. Two of the first projects were launched by us. There were blog posts here and there, but for the most part our debut flew below the radar.
Kickstarter releases a ton of stats on it’s birthday
The project Visual Budget - an Interactive Guide to the Federal Budget [kickstarter.com] is raising funds on Kickstarter in order to build a cutting-edge data visualization website which will explain all the complicated ins and outs of the US Federal Budget, showcasing interactive charts and motion graphics. The money will be spent to develop an interactive prototype, which then will be used to raise additional money from philanthropies and foundations to fund the complete website.