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Wide-Open Opportunity for Product Designers
"Less a technology site, more a sociocultural movement, Kickstarter is changing how we make things, how we turn dreams into reality and make ideas come to life," says technology guru Om Malik.
The home design community has been slow to embrace Kickstarter. The projects tend to favor media-based ideas like documentary films, books and comic books as well as good old-fashioned useful inventions. This presents an opportunity for home product designers.
Why? Because Kickstarter proposals have to be approved by the owners of the site, then funded by the public. Some types of ideas have reached a saturation point, reducing the likelihood of new projects in the same category getting approved or funded. But the home design ideas are likely to have a better chance of success because there are relatively few proposed.
Here's a great idea: an alarm clock that works like a toaster (your iPhone is like the toast). You set the alarm on the phone as you normally would, insert the phone into the "toaster," and press down. When it's time to get up, the phone pops up and the alarm goes off. It's not rocket science, just an appealing and completely original idea.
Here's a wonderful idea: a coat rack with a round minicubby for putting wallet, keys, sunglasses or whatever. It keeps a person's random stuff with the coat. You may have seen this successful project here on Houzz, but it started as a Kickstarter project.
And here's a timely idea: a low-cost, environmentally friendly wall clock made of recycled chipboard.
Each of these ideas is somebody's dream made real by crowd-sourced investment. And each of them is seeking to make fresh new products that you can buy for your own home.
Kickstarter is an underappreciated resource for making home design dreams a reality. It's a great place to find truly innovative, original and beautiful items for your home. And it's an even better place to turn your home design ideas into a business.