3Blue1Brown

is creating videos animating math

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See new videos several days to a week before they go live, and help provide feedback to shape the final edits.

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As an added thanks for supporting future projects, you can get 50% off on anything in the 3b1b store, such as plushie pi creatures, math socks, shirts, etc.

The thought is that Patrons are already supporting the channel in one way, so we're happy to take lower-to-negative margins on any channel souvenirs you'd fancy as a token of thanks.

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Every month, I'll randomly select 5 patrons supporting at this level or above and reach out to see if they're interested in a video call.

It's nice to actually chat and nerd out with the people following the channel and to offer some direct thanks for their support, but realistically this can't happen with everyone.  So this tier is a way to make sure it regularly happens with at least a small subset.  It's certainly no guarantee, so don't support at this level if the only motivation is for such a call.

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About 3Blue1Brown

3blue1brown is a YouTube channel aimed at explaining math visually.  These lessons are funded directly by viewers, primarily through this page. If they add value to your life, consider joining as a monthly contributor. In fact, as thanks for even coming to visit this page, here’s a secret video.

Patreon contributions are also being directed towards a few ancillary projects to help expand the lessons into other forms; more updates on that front later this summer.

The custom software used to create the visualizations, a project called manim, is open-source and free for anyone to play with and adapt.  Since its inception, many others have built upon it well beyond the work done for 3blue1brown, most notably the manim community.

Sponsor-free

The videos are not sponsored, and I make sure to turn off midroll ads and bottom-of-the-screen banner ads for a better viewing experience.  The idea is simple: If people pay directly for the content, we can maintain high quality while avoiding mixed incentives, and if those payments are by choice and not by necessity, then we can ensure all lessons are freely available.

For a couple of years now, direct viewer support has been the dominant source of funding for the channel, and it's hard to overstate how liberating it is when the only factor influencing the choice of what project to pursue is whether people will find the project itself valuable.

One-time contributions

If you’re uncomfortable with monthly support, there’s also a PayPal, some crypto addresses, and a store. Just know that the Patreon page is where all supporter benefits, like early releases, are organized and published, and that monthly support is most helpful for planning future projects.

A brief pitch

If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share (with permission) a few excerpts from emails viewers have written in.

I always wanted to study engineering as a kid but at school I failed Maths badly and dropped it completely. Over my gap year I started watching your videos and you explained it all in a way that just made sense and it hooked my interest. About a year later I've started my BE and I'm loving it. A Thank you doesn't even come close to how much I appreciate your work.

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Math has always been my favorite subject, so when I got placed into a lower class than I wanted to be in in sophomore year of high school, I just felt resigned to be behind my peers forever. But your essence of calculus series saved me. You didn't just teach me calculus, you taught me to believe in myself. You gave me hope in a very dark time of my life. You taught me that I'm more than what school makes of me, that I can learn wherever and whenever… I've chased my passion for years now and my life is changed forever.

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For the longest time of my life I HATED MATH. I just couldn't do anything with it and found it incredibly boring.

Until I found your channel! Your videos inspired me so much and, well, what do you know: Now I am almost finished with my bachelors degree in mathematics!


With each of the many notes like this, I’m sure there’s a fuller story. Perhaps there was an inspiring teacher or an enthusiastic peer, and these videos were just one of many factors pushing them over to the light side. Still, to think they could play even a minor role in people’s lives like this is a tremendous motivation to keep making them.

I really do believe that visuals used well can be a powerful tool for making ideas from math which are typically seen as advanced or abstract a bit more approachable.  Sure, that means each lesson takes significantly more work, but if it helps elucidate the kind of math which mathematicians themselves get excited about, it's worth it.  It lets more people realize how we all have a little mathematician inside us trying to get out. Making these videos and the tooling behind them is what I’ve personally decided to devote myself to, and because of supporters like you that these and future projects are possible.


Consider supporting other creators too!

The nature of direct, voluntary payments for content often enables a different kind of content than would otherwise exist. There are lots of great independent creators whose work I personally enjoy, like Matt Parker, Nicky Case, Ben Eater, Tim Blais, Primer, and Wait but Why, to name just a few. I’m not saying their work wouldn’t exist at all if not for direct support but I suspect it’s much better and more plentiful for it, and I know from personal experience how liberating direct contributions can be.

If you have disposable income, think about whose work you enjoy the most, and which has had the most positive influence on your life. What the internet looks like is a direct product of the economics underpinning it, and we as consumers play into that.
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