The new art for the website has arrived. It leaves a large visual imprint, such is its sheer size, and this may well drive site visitors crazy, if they are accessing the site via a cell phone. But, it does a good job, I think, of underscoring certain truths that inhere in crowdfunding. Let the wise beware and take heed!
The artist tapped for this undertaking is a fellow by the name of Tim Rocks. You can find him on his websites located at TimRocksArt.com and TimRocksComics.blogspot.com. He’s a top notch artist, and his caricature style lends itself well to everything (I think so, anyway). I love his work, and I have been a fan for a while, now. When you get done, here, drop by his sites and check him out. If you’re in need of some artwork, honestly, you could do one whole heck of a lot worse than Tim Rocks.
Tim did a fabulous job, I think, of crafting the visuals on this art piece. I envision crowdfunding as being the equivalent of a swamp, particular for people who are new to it, and who want to become crowdfunding project creators, themselves. Make no mistake about it – many dangers await the uninitiated!
There’s plenty of companies out there that will try to take advantage of what you – the prospective crowdfunding project creator – don’t know. These companies are represented in the art piece, above, by the Shyster McShyster fellow.
While these kinds of individuals and companies do, indeed, exist (they seem to be thriving, in fact), the crowdfunding swamp contains far more dangers than just those that want to rip you off or funnel your funding away from your project to their pockets. In fact, the bulk of the dangers present in crowdfunding tend to be of the self-inflicted variety. Does your project page have crisp, clear photographs to visually entice prospective backers with? Did you even bother with a project video? Is your project page drowning prospective backers in a veritable sea of text?
Not everyone likes my style of analysis and critique. Some view it to be harsh, even rude. Yet, the real rude awakening comes when your crowdfunding project fails to meet its funding goal, and your project is left unfunded or under-funded. The whole point is to succeed – and many times, that means taking a realistic and objective view of a project that you, yourself, both created and love.
Getting more sets of eyes on a project can be helpful. At times, it can make all of the difference in the world. If you take criticism of your project page personally, though, then ultimately, you only inhibit your own ability to succeed. If you allow your feelings to get hurt, or your pride to swell up, over critique of your project or your project page, then you can effectively undermine what it is that you seek to accomplish by wearing your heart on your sleeve or by being too proud to listen to someone who is only trying to help you.
If you don’t like our approach and style, then the good news is that there’s still hope for your project, yet. There’s lots of advice out there on the Internet to be found. Feel free to knock yourself out. It’s simply a matter of tracking down the right advice from the right source.
The primary problem with that, however, is that crowdfunding project creators often find themselves in the unenviable position of being short on time. The crowdfunding clock is always ticking, it seems, and what it ultimately boils down to is that you – the project creator – have to decide for yourself how best to proceed.
All that hangs in the balance is the fate of your crowdfunding project.
Not every crowdfunding project fails – although more than a few do. In any event, it remains YOUR project to do with pretty much as you see fit. A lot about crowdfunding is little more than common sense, when you get right down to it. When the clock is kicking you in the face, and you’re up against a deadline to get your project funded, you might just find that some hard scrutiny can serve both you and your crowdfunding project well.
In any event, enjoy the art, check out Tim Rocks’ websites, and good luck and best wishes to you on a successful crowdfunding experience!