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Kickstarter Project Jam with Craighton Berman

  • Fool Proof 201 6th St SE #4 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (map)


It's an exciting time to be a creator. Making things you love—and getting them in front of people who want them—gets easier every day. New tools and shared workspaces make prototyping in your kitchen a thing of the past. Easier access to manufacturing resources has allowed first-time creators to successfully produce and fulfill their products. Combined with Kickstarter's platform for rich storytelling and a supportive community, it's possible to build an audience around your idea while raising the necessary funds to get your project off the ground. The challenge now is, what should I make? And what’s the right way to get it out of my head and into the world?

A Kickstarter Project Jam is a workshop about taking design ideas from concept to reality. This workshop—led by Chicago designer and educator Craighton Berman of Manual—will have a special focus on using Kickstarter for launching designed objects, but is open to other creative projects as well!

This Project Jam will be a mix of a "how to" for independent product development and launch as well as a share session and for peer feedback. Attendees who already have a creative project they are working on will get the feedback and direction they need to take the next step forward towards launch. (Bring any visuals or prototype/mock-ups to share!) Attendees who are not yet committed to any specific project will get a good sense of the whole process, and will get inspiration from participating in the group critique.

Participants Receive

Workshop Agenda

  • 6pm - Meet & greet
  • 6:30 - Kick off and presentation
  • 7:30 - Sharing, discussion, and shaping your project idea
  • 8:15 - Open Q&A
  • 8:30 - End of the evening



About Craighton Berman

Craighton Berman is a designer, illustrator, and creator based in Chicago. Craighton is the founder and creative director of Manual, a brand that creates designed objects for slow food & drink. He also teaches "Entrepreneurial Product Development" in the industrial design department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Craighton is passionate about independent design practice and forging new design-driven ventures! Craighton is a Kickstarter Thought Leader, and has launched seven Kickstarter campaigns.

About Kickstarter

Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.