We've all been there with a great idea circling above our heads but not enough spare cash to make it into a tangible, and potentially profitable product or design. And that's where the beauty of the website Kickstarter can literally kick in and help you find the funders to bring your idea to life.
It's not exactly a new platform for creatives to seek funding, but for us as a studio it's become an increasingly popular subject on our group emails and we've started to contribute to some of our favourite ideas and gadgets.
Here's a quick round up of what's caught our eye of late:
Mike, our web developer found this Ostrich Pillow sleep device, which allows you to take a nap wherever you want, although you make look slightly eccentric/alien like in the process!
This ingenious little lighting device impressed Toby so much that he's forked out a hefty amount of dollars for just two light bulbs! It can sync the colour of your lights to the music you're listening to and dim and brighten to fit with your sleep patterns, all controlled by your iPhone.
For anyone who's still holding onto the magic of Polaroids and is substituting it with an Instagram addiction, this gadget will surely make it onto your wish list. Pioneered by The Impossible Project it turns your iPhone snaps into physical Polaroids without having to faff around and download them to your computer first. The lovely video also helps to get you hooked as well.
Finally, Rob started off our interest in Kickstarter with a contribution to illustrator Andy J. Miller's Nod project, which saw him bring lots of his colourful and characterful creatures from the land of Nod to the world of print. Rob even got his own Nod character from donating which you can take a look at here. It's a smaller and more humble project than some of the other gadgets we've talked about but still proof that big or small, Kickstarter is there for anyone who has an idea tucked away in need of some pocket money.