Make That Thing is a production agency for crowdfunded projects. We help artists and creators design, print, store, and ship the things they make — so you can focus on the art. We know that once your crowdfunding campaign is over, the real work has just begun. And we want to help make sure that your backers get what they pledged for in a reliable, professional, and timely manner.
To do that, we work with artists and creators who have an idea for a crowdfunded project. We help them conceptualize and figure out their project’s specs, as well as offer advice and a friendly ear to help figure out the best way to present the project to the world, including choosing backer tiers and designing stretch goals.
Once the project launches, we help promote it through our network of internet pals, and if the funding goal is met, we then swing into action, ordering the products needed, receiving them at our Massachusetts warehouse, and shipping them to backers all around the world.
Once that’s done, we place the product in our MADE THAT THING online store so anyone who missed the campaign can still buy it after the fact.
We don’t want artists to be limited in their ambitions by the fear of not having the space to receive product, or the time, workforce, or know how to ship it. That’s what we do – that’s all we do.
We’re a spinoff of TopatoCo, which has been producing and shipping merchandise for webcomics and other independent creators in some manner or another since 2003. We have two warehouses full of computers, equipment, and experienced people eager to help get your masterpiece out to the wonderful folks who pledged to your campaign.
We have UPS, FedEx, and USPS shipping capability. We have cardboard boxes and shelves and tape guns with all different kinds of tape. We have certificates and insurance and loading docks.
We have a forklift that can do donuts.
Let’s MAKE THIS THING.
We want to work with dedicated, creative people who have a product they want to crowdfund. We also work with people who recently completed a crowdfunding campaign, and who now need help getting rewards out to backers. Because each campaign involves a high amount of personal attention and attention to detail, we only take on a handful of projects at a time and only those that we think match up well with the kinds of things we know how to make – primarily comics, books, and games.
We don’t know how to make USB toasters or solar-powered flashlights, so we simply won’t take on Hardware, Design, Video Game, or Fashion projects. Other people are better at that than we are. However, if the rewards for your project are heavily weighted toward the following:
- Printed materials (books, comics, posters)
- Printed or embroidered apparel items (T-shirts, polos, neckties, aprons)
- Novelties and baubles (stickers, patches, bookmarks, foam swords)
- Other things that don’t involve inventing a new type of manufacturing apparatus
Then we might be a good fit.
(You can take a look at the things we sell at TopatoCo.com for an example of the things we make day in and day out).
These sweet gems of wonderful represent some of the coolest, most amazing things we’ve been lucky enough to help bring to fruition on behalf of amazing creators. Check ’em out!
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IS MAKE THAT THING OPEN TO PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS?
(It totally is.)
Great ideas come from everywhere, and we’re so down to hear yours. Here’s some handy info you’ll probably want before giving us a holler:
Make That Thing – Complete Services – This is the lowdown on our complete services, which include campaign management, rewards production, and fulfillment.
Make That Thing – Fulfillment – Here’s info about our fulfillment-only service, for people who’ve already run their campaign and now need help mailing a million packages?
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