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2013 Kickstarter Indie Design Wrap Up

Each year, we cover the designs of a variety of products that are being brought to market independently via crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter. As 2013 comes to a close, we bring you this wrap up of all of the ones we covered this year (based on post dates) and how they turned out.

Most of these projects were successfully funded and are even available online. So, now you can get them without the usual risks associated with being a crowd-funding backer.

Have an idea for a better designed or totally new product? As these pioneers have demonstrated, going independent is a great way to bring your design to life.

 

Dice Rings: A New Spin for Games

Dice Rings (Credit: CritSuccess)

Dice Rings (Credit: CritSuccess)

Funding deadline: Dec. 22, 2012

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: US $23,000

Funding raised: US $344,069

Total backers: 7,293

Successfully manufactured: Yes

Where to get it: http://www.critsuccess.com

 

Dice Cards: Randomness for Games and More

Dice Cards (Credit: Ian Millington)

Dice Cards (Credit: Ian Millington)

Funding deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: UK £5,500

Funding raised: UK £17,612

Total backers: 956

Successfully manufactured: Yes

Where to get it: http://dicecards.com

 

X500 Retro-style Computer Case

X500 computer case

X500 computer case (Credit: Loriano Pagni)

Funding deadline: Mar. 31, 2013

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: UK £10,000

Funding raised: UK £12,188

Total backers: 61

Successfully manufactured: Yes

Where to get it: The X500 does not appear to be available online, but you can see more about it at http://www.loriano.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

 

Box Play: Green Fun for Kids (and Adults Too)

Box Play stickers

Box Play stickers (Credit: Box Play for Kids)

Funding deadline: May 8, 2013

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: US $12,000

Funding raised: US $12,176

Total backers: 138

Successfully manufactured: Yes

Where to get it: http://www.boxplayforkids.com/kids-stickers

 

Windcatcher: The Quick-Inflating Sleeping Pad

Windcatcher pad

Windcatcher pad (Credit: Windcatcher Gear)

Funding deadline: Jun. 13, 2013

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: US $50,000

Funding raised: US $149,405

Total backers: 1,472

Successfully manufactured: Yes

Where to get it: http://www.windcatchergear.com

 

The Bradley Watch

The Bradley watch

The Bradley watch (Credit: Eone)

Funding deadline: Aug. 15, 2013

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: US $40,000

Funding raised: US $594,602

Total backers: 3,861

Successfully manufactured: Yes

Where to get it: http://www.eone-time.com/shop.php

 

Aero Ti: Chopsticks with a Modern Twist

The aviation-inspired design looks ready for takeoff (Credit: Eighty Eight Industry)

The Aero Ti (Credit: Eighty Eight Industry)

Funding deadline: Oct. 5, 2013

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: US $26,000

Funding raised: US $41,214

Total backers: 358

Successfully manufactured: In progress

Where to get it: A placeholder page is current up at http://eightyeightindustry.com

 

Holy Utility Belt, Batman!

Inside the stealth utility belt (Credit: Joe Bepko)

Inside the stealth utility belt (Credit: Joe Bepko)

Funding deadline: Oct. 26, 2013

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: US $1,000

Funding raised: US $2,170

Total backers: 42

Successfully manufactured: Yes

Where to get it: http://utilitybelts.com

 

Magic Cube: A Math Lover’s Rubik’s Cube

The Magic Cube (Credit: Innovation Factory)

Funding deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Successfully funded: No

Funding goal: US $7,500

Funding raised: US $2,966

Total backers: 40

Successfully manufactured: Yes. Plastic version.

Where to get it: The plastic version was available for a time at Amazon and ThinkGeek. Find out more about the Innovation Factory at http://if-chicago.com

 

The 1215 Homage to the Quill

The quill and well (left) is the inspiration for the 1215 (Credit: Stopher Christensen)

The quill and well (left) is the inspiration for the 1215 (Credit: Stopher Christensen)

Funding deadline: Nov. 7, 2013

Successfully funded: No

Funding goal: CAD $36,800

Funding raised: CAD $20,098

Total backers: 255

Successfully manufactured: No. New design in progress for a second try with a lower funding requirement.

Where to get it: Watch the update page for news of the re-launch.

 

Billet Pen Project and Giveaway

Billet Pen styles (Credit: Billet Pens)

Billet Pen styles (Credit: Billet Pens)

Funding deadline: Dec. 15, 2013

Successfully funded: Yes

Funding goal: US $5,000

Funding raised: US $5,604

Total backers: 34

Successfully manufactured: Yes

Where to get it: http://www.billetpens.com/index.php

 

Which was your favorite indie design project this year? Did you back any or purchase afterward?

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