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Science Studio is Live!

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You guys. This thing happened. Science Studio. You know, the thing I’ve been bugging people about for over a year now? Yeah, that. You should check it out.

It’s been an incredible pleasure to build this collection. Incredible! So before I wax poetic about those pleasures here’s some boring stuff about logistics. All told we got 220 nominations. After weeding out duplicates and nominations that weren’t eligible, 120 pieces went out to the judges. When they came back to us, we ranked each piece and had to do the hard job of selecting our final collection. You can see the results on our site, and I’m really proud not just of every piece we included but also how hard it was to decide which pieces those were.

For those wondering how we set upon these final selections, I don’t have a great answer for you except to say that it was hard. Turns out, there’s a lot of really cool stuff on the internet. You probably already knew that, but I’ll just confirm for you that it’s true. We watching and listened to things over and over, we discussed (and in some cases debated) and we changed our minds more than once. But in the end, this collection is full of variety, life, excitement and creativity.

So to those who nominated work, thank you. This couldn’t exist without you. To those who created work, thank you. This couldn’t exist without you. To those who helped us judge, thank you. This couldn’t exist without you. To those who gave to our Kickstarter, thank you. This couldn’t exist without you. And to Ben and Bora, thank you. This couldn’t exist without you.

What’s next? That’s a great question, and I don’t know the answer to that one either. We want to keep bringing you great stuff. We want to expand to allow infographics and interactives into the collection. We want to create a place where people can work together, learn from one another and create future Science Studio worthy stuff. So if you’ve got ideas for us, send them along. I’m rose@thesciencestudio.org and I’d love to hear from you. And look out for our 2013 nomination form soon, because after a quick nap we’re ready to start this all over again.

 

Science Studio Kickstarter – The Recap

It’s been about a month since our Kickstarter campaign ended, and what a month it’s been. But now, Bora, Ben and I finally have some time to take a look back and see just how it all went down. So here are some statistics provided by Kickstarter, and some more information about what the heck we’re doing with all this money.

First, the statistics! 

We set out asking for $5,000 to help us cover things like prizes for the judges, and our own time. All told, 234 people backed our project and wound up handing over a grand total of $8,160, over $3,000 more than our goal. Which is, in a word, awesome, and also means that we can include video this year rather than just audio. Combined with the grant we got from NASW, we’re pretty confident that we can put something together that’s really great.

Here’s what the Kickstarter campaign looked like over time:

Okay, so, where did all you generous donors come from? Well, most of you came from Twitter. Here’s a breakdown of the top few referring sites:

So, thanks Twitter! You’re the best!

When we were talking about doing a Kickstarter, someone mentioned that we really had to make a video. Now, I’m glad we did, because 2,000 people watched it, and about 40% of you watched it all the way to the end.

Nothing was incredibly surprising here, in terms of trends. Twitter was a powerhouse, but it was also the place we promoted the most. You all love hearing our dulcet tones in the video, no surprise there. What we’d really like to say, most of all, is thank you. And you. And you. And my mom. And you too. We promise we’ll spend your money wisely and make something awesome.

Oh and if you missed out on the Kickstarter somehow, it’s not too late to give us your money! Here’s a handy dandy donate button.

 

Okay, what’s next?

The three of us are busy doing a couple of things. First, we’re building the website for Science Studio – the place where all this awesome audio and video will live. Second, we’re corralling all the swag to send to you. Third, we’re trying to spread the word about our nomination form – do you know any audio or video that’s really awesome? Nominate it!

Okay, I think that about sums it up? Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email us, or Tweet us at @science_studio.

Happy interneting everybody!

Rose, Bora and Ben