About This Client – Kickstarter Success

The designers and programmers at Kickstarter Success (K✔S) help guide motivated people like you to create successful Kickstarter campaigns. Our app uses machine learning techniques to analyze past data in order to predict the likelihood of success of your Kickstarter campaign. Kick start your campaign with an edge up on the competition. Our app gives you detailed insight into building a successful Kickstarter campaign.


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Kickstarter Success Predictor App


This project was part of my education at Lambda School, where I am a Full Stack Web-Design student. I specialize in CSS and HTML design. This was my first major Lambda project. Based on the project introduction, I wrote extensive copy for the entire project. I designed the images shown at left.

Landing / Blog Page Copy

Kickstart Your Campaign. Kick start your campaign with an edge up on the competition. Our app gives you detailed insight into building a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Get Custom Data. Our app uses machine learning techniques to analyze past data in order to predict the likelihood of success of your Kickstarter campaign.

Make Our Team  Your Team. The designers and programmers at K✔S help guide motivated people like you to create successful Kickstarter campaigns.

Drawing a blank? We Have Ideas! Kickstarter has opportunities for you in Arts, Comics & Illustration, Design & Tech, Film, Food & Craft, Games, Music, and Publishing. We have experience in each of these categories. Our experts can spark your creativity and help you save time and money on your Kickstarter campaign.

Get Our “Do It Yourself” Campaign Kit. Our “Do It Yourself” campaign kit will guide you in setting an attainable goal and designing your Kickstarter project. Learn how to build a website, create a video and social media, and ask for support without sounding like a sales rep.

Start Local. Go Global! Let us amplify your Kickstarter campaign with global reaching techniques. We’ll take your campaign around the world in 60 seconds!”


Project Demo With Audio

Kickstarter Success – Lambda School Project Demo by Shenica R. Graham

I created the above slide presentation with audio, which was my first unit project. The following is the modified video transcript.

Introduction

Have you lost time and money on a failed Kickstarter campaign? The idea of raising unlimited funds for your project is inviting. However, the pass / fail model of Kickstarter means that if your goal is not met, you lose all donations. With so much at risk, you need a campaign that is like a college genius – most likely to succeed.

Crowdfunding is a growing source for the entrepreneurial minded fundraiser. One of the crowdfunding gurus is Kickstarter. According to statista.com, about 17 million people have pledged monetary support of Kickstarter projects. However, Kickstarter reports that 11% of projects finish without ever receiving a single pledge. How can you know if a campaign is likely to fail before investing? You need an edge – a campaign success predictor. Welcome to Kickstarter Success!

The Kickstarter Problem

Before I introduce the team, let’s look at the Kickstarter problem. Sure, the idea of raising unlimited funds for your project is inviting. However, the all-or-nothing model of Kickstarter means that if your goal is not met, you lose all pledges – even if you are very close to meeting your fundraising goal. This problem was important to our team because we felt that most campaigns were failing not because of a lack of effort, but because of other factors such as viability in terms of some campaign variables that we will address.

Our Story

We are a group of Lambda school students. We decided to collaborate and develop an app that would help end failed Kickstarter campaigns. Being able to predict the likelihood of campaign success or failure before investing time, money, and other resources, gives an edge up on the Kickstarter process that would help campaign owners eliminate failure.

We used data from hundreds of thousands of Kickstarter campaigns and found trends in campaign categories, fundraising days, goals, and descriptions. We developed a success predictor app to identify projects that were likely to succeed or fail. We launched the Kickstarter Success App in October of 2020 and developed a website to allow anyone to use our app for free!

About The App

The Kickstarter Success Campaign Predictor (KS✔) App predicts the likelihood of success of your Kickstarter campaign based on campaign category, fundraising goal, description, and length in terms of how many days the campaign will run. The KS✔ app returns a campaign prediction of either “success” or “failure.” This information can be used to help determine whether a campaign is viable or not, before investing time, money, and other resources.

This app is available to anyone, free of charge. After signing up and logging in, the user’s campaign profile displays. When the user clicks the plus icon in the upper left corner of their browser window, the Campaign Prediction form displays.

About The App: How It Works

The user must first enter a campaign name, monetary goal, and length of campaign in number of days. Next, the user selects a campaign category and subcategory. Then, the user selects their country of residence. Finally, the user enters a campaign description before clicking the “Predict Success!” button. On this event, the app uses machine learning techniques to analyze past Kickstarter campaign data and compare it to the user’s submitted details. A prediction of either success or failure will be returned.

Predictions vary based on campaign category, fundraising goal, description, and length in terms of how many days the campaign will run. Now, since the other team members will tell you more about what goes on behind the scenes of the app, we are going to explore the KS✔ website.


Project Fulfillment: The How?

HTML

The Kickstarter Success marketing website is deployed to Netlify. All elements are laid out using semantic HTML. The code is properly indented with helpful comments making it easier for the next developer to read. The project layout matches choice wireframes and delivers robust content. The header and footer HMTL is shared by all pages. A call to action on the home page (Login) links to the project app.

CSS

The Kickstarter Success website includes clean CSS in an external stylesheet matching design files and uses flexbox to achieve the layout. A CSS reset is implemented before custom styles. Scalable units are used throughout the style for images and large containers. Comments are added to make to make it easier for the next developer to read. Helper classes are used to avoid repeating styles. CSS matches design files.

Responsiveness

The Kickstarter Success website is responsive at desktop, tablet, and mobile breakpoints. Due to scalable units, the site appealing between breakpoints. Media queries are added at additional breakpoints where the site may break in flow. Images are optimized for fast loading.

Accessibility

Semantic elements are used as much as possible. Alt attributes contain an appropriate image description. The contact form has added labels for each input. The “for” attribute in the label matches the id in the input. ARIA roles are added to elements where needed.

This site was created with pure CSS and HTML (no content management system). Kickstarter Success was my first major project with a build team at Lambda School, where I am currently studying to get an endorsement in Full-Stack Web Design. I am primarily a front-end developer, with CSS and HTML being my strongest skills.


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