A one-night only ‘maker-mixer‘ Kickstarter All-Stars retrospective takes place at MINIMAL’s new expansive studio and incubation space. Not only did these 25 curated projcts exceed their funding goals on Kickstarter, they used good design and great storytelling to connect with their audience and turn their project ideas into a reality. In many cases these projects spurred the launch of sustainable businesses long after funding was completed.
MINIMAL founder Scott Wilson propelled Kickstarter to mainstream consciousness back in 2010, when he raised $1M on the platform for his TikTok+LunaTik Watch Kits. The project not only sparked new interest in wearable technology, but it shook the product design industry of its preconceived beliefs about product development.
“At MINIMAL, we fully believe in the future of crowd-funding and incubation and are vested in the evolution of these models,” says Wilson. “The Kickstarter All-Stars exhibition is a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to a handful of crowd-funded projects that truly represent the power of the independent designer/entrepreneur. With the IDSA International Conference in our backyard this year, we wanted to celebrate and highlight designers in pursuit of freedom of expression and purity of design vision.”
Kickstarter All-Stars Are: CST-01, Porthole, TidyTilt/JustMount, Pebble, Designing Obama, Vers 1Q, HiddenRadio, Zooka, More/Real Stylus, Ouya, Lumio, The Glif, TikTok+LunaTik, Cosmonaut, 10-Year Hoodie, Wabi Nabi, Tylt VU, Resketch, Kern & Burn, Pinch, LUNATIK Touch Pen, Sharpener Jar, Piccolo, Biblio, Chromatic, Hex6agon, LUNATIK Taktik, Facet.
The event takes place during the IDSA International Conference. Tunes from DJ Greg Corner,specialty cocktails from Stoli, and craft beers from River North Beer.
when> 22 August | 9p – midnight
where: MINIMAL | 939 west lake street chicago
RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org