Published on 2017-12-15

Dear Friends—

The Drip Founding Members campaign just ended and I want to thank you all for contributing. Your support and generosity have completely blown me away. I am very, very grateful.

I started this journey with an equal amount of trepidation and skepticism. In the moments before we actually launched, I seriously considered bailing. I am almost always afraid of change; I am terrified of being vulnerable and I am loath to ask anyone for support. So, you can probably imagine my level of panic contending with this emotional trifecta before I finally pressed PUBLISH.

I am really glad I did. Really glad! And that is all because of YOU. The response to this campaign thoroughly exceeded my expectations in every possible way. And, at 30 days in, we've only just begun! Frankly, when this campaign first started, I hoped we’d be able to raise enough funds to commission the transcripts of every show. That goal was reached within the first few hours of the campaign. THANK YOU for that.

I want to be super transparent about all of the financial contributions made here on Drip. Every single penny will go to the publishing of show transcripts, the launch of an amazing new annual magazine, and the Design Matters Media publishing platform I’m creating with Zachary Petit, the former editor-in-chief of Print Magazine, and Steven Heller, the most prolific design writer and critic of our time.

Most of this experience is pretty new to me, and—as many of you know—I am not particularly tech savvy. I will inevitably make mistakes and I am hopeful you will let me know when I do. At the moment, the technologists at Kickstarter are making daily improvements to the Drip back-end, and I am looking forward to being able to add more imagery to my posts (right now I have a choice between uploading an image OR an audio file) as well as provide hyperlinks to take you to the work or books or other interviews with my guests very, very soon.

This weekend I will be posting my interview with Richard Saul Wurman, the writer, inventor and founder of the TED conference, here on Drip. (The episode will launch publicly on Design Observer, iTunes and Soundcloud on Monday, December 18.) This was the most challenging interview I’ve ever conducted, and at one point during the experience I didn’t think we’d be able to finish. Ultimately, we managed to push through and I think the results are worthy of publishing. I’ll be interested to know what you think. This post will not be charged; it is a small token of my appreciation for your support.

Thank you again for joining me on this journey. I am so excited about all of the wonderful things we will be making together!