On December 16th Scott Wilson’s Kickstarter funding campaign for the TickTok and LunaTik watch kits completed with nearly 1 million dollars raised. Never before has a crowdfunding campaign raised any where near this amount. I’m thrilled to see the pre-order funding model proven so thoroughly. Certainly Scott’s product has wider audience appeal then the model 500, but I’m feeling a little more confident in the possibility of raising the development funds I need through pre-orders.
It’s extraordinary how Scott Wilson’s experiment demonstrates the changing landscape of design. For as long as we can remember products just appeared. We knew nothing of the production process, or who the device’s authors might be. Not anymore. As Scott Wilson professes in his first project update, “I believe this is a significant milestone in product development history. And you are part of it. Part of what I consider will eventually be a common way for individuals, DIYers, small groups and aspiring entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. And you were there at the beginning.”