Problem: People really like MyPhoneStone but not everyone is able to pledge 99 to get one. That makes me sad. Hmmm. What to do. Roger, being a problem-solver by nature does some analysis work to solve this one. And after some effort, voila!
Is it Six Sigma style process improvement? Agile Iterative development? Genius design? Good old Yankee ingenuity? Or did I just get lucky? In any case, I have found ways to streamline the production of the MyPhoneStone, maintaining consistency that matters for function and still enabling the artistic variations from one to the next that makes it art.
I have to admit, it’s a little tricky applying Six Sigma to something like this since the concept and the name itself of Six sigma refers to elimination of all variation from one unit to the next. Obviously, that goes exactly against my premise of each one of these items being a unique work, right? Well, not completely. Since this art/product has to perform a physical function as well as offer a unique expression, it simply means that I apply Six Sigma to the function part while maintaining the freedom to explore infinite variations in ways that do not impair performance. See, kinda tricky, huh? Well, I am proud to say, I have done it and more. In addition to even braoder artistic variation, I am also exploring functional options including cord management and even a built-in charge cord option. I’ll have some photos later. Right now I’m exhausted from working the entire weekend on this and MyPhoneHenge.
In any case, what it means is that I can produce more, better, in less time. So, I am able to give these little guys away more liberally without it amounting to me becoming my own sweat shop employee. The good news for you is that I can give away a lost double what I was planning initially. Or if these were for sale outright, I’d be dropping the price by almost half.
So, all to say that I am modifying my Kickstarter gifts to make the MyPhoneStone more available at a lower pledge amount. Donating at the new 52 dollar pledge is going to result in you having your own MyPhoneStone.
Those who have already donated at the 99 level are going to have their deal sweetened by a choice of either two MyPhoneStones or one Phone stone + two t-Shirts. I really appreciate those who were early contributors and I wish to show it! The old 99 Crush level will be phased out and replaced by a new version that reflects this lower amount. Look for the changes immediately on my Kickstarter page.
PS: Many of these MyPhoneStones will sport a rendition of the BigDesign logo, honoring the event and organization that inspired this whole genre of art and prodcuts in the first place.