Another week, more development of the project. I’ve had the luck of being able to visit a bunch more shelters. As of now, I have been to four: Windy Kitty Cat Cafe, The Catcade, Treehouse Humane Society, and ALIVE Rescue. Each of these gave me some insight more into how the boxes live in these spaces, and I was even able to go back to Windy Kitty to see the original designs I gave them and see just how far the designs have changed already.
I’ll admit it does feel strange running a Kickstarter and developing the product alongside, because it kind of feels like a race that you’re always losing. The good thing is, that I have only placed images of the boxes as I have produced them so far—so people who are backing the project shouldn’t be surprised or disappointed when they receive their reward.
It has been difficult developing it alongside running the campaign, just because of the amount of time everything takes. Its great to be building up a community and a funded project, but that time is definitely taking time away from the development and design aspect of the project.
This coming week, I am going to try and shift some of that burden (of creating content) on to other people—I am giving one design to a blogger, and a couple of other ones to people who have backed the campaign at school. Hopefully, this will take a little of the promotion burden off of me, and I can spend the week/weekend focusing more on the design. My goal in this, is to try and produce a round of designs which limits or removes entirely the plastic rivets.