3blue1brown is creating animated math videos
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patrons

I make videos about math, animated programmatically. I also have an affection for anthropomorphic pi creatures. This channel runs on the voluntary payments of the patrons, and for that, I cannot thank you enough.

Main things to know:
  • Pledges are per video; I shoot to produce ~2 per month.
  • You get early access to videos, e.g. any future "essence of ____"
  • Videos moving forward will be kept sponsor-free.  This is partly to keep the content just about the math, and partly because I think the patreon model creates much better incentive alignment.

If you're here, you probably have some idea of what I'm trying to do with the channel, but it never hurts to say things explicitly: The goal is present math as visually as possible, focusing on topics and intuitions that aren't commonly presented elsewhere, and showing by example how math is a creative pursuit.  Also, they're important for feeding my surprisingly ravenous pi creatures.

If you’ll indulge me in some musing here, I find Patreon, and more generally the notion of voluntary direct payments for content, a super interesting thing to be happening to the internet. Typically content is either provided for a fee (e.g. movies, college lectures), where incentives are aligned to give people highly valued experiences but there is a barrier to those experiences, or it supported through ads, which lowers the barrier to consumption but misdirects incentives towards reaching larger numbers of eyeballs, which is only indirectly associated with giving people valued experiences.  I wrote more of my thoughts on ad-based models here if you're curious.

As someone who makes videos about math, neither of those seems optimal. It’s very good for things to be free since there should be as low a barrier as possible to people having their enthusiasm for math ignited. But on the other hand, I want everything to be aligned towards crafting deeper experiences that enable people to legitimately engage with math beyond a surface level. Luckily, we somehow live in a world where the content can be free, but it still runs on a direct relationship between creator and consumer, because some people simply pay by choice.

So for that, thank you.  In return, I will do everything I can to produce content worthy of your generosity, which hopefully causes a meaningful shift in people's perception of math.  Also, I'm in pretty desperate need of hiring a full-time caretaker for the pi creatures.

All the best, and keep loving math,
-Grant
Tiers
Early access
$1 or more per Video
Get early access to future "Essence of" type series, and anything else I choose to release early.


Plus, every time a pledge is made, somewhere in the world a new pi creature is born.

Double the love, half-off the store
$2 or more per Video
You'll be helping twice as much as if you had pledged $1.  Think about that, that's 100% more pi creatures fed thanks to people like you.  


As thanks, on top of early access for videos, if you are interested in merchandise (like the plushie pi creature), you have access to 50% off pricing.

Animation previews
$4 or more per Video
For all you lovely Fouriers, while I'm working on a new video I'll give you sneak peeks of the animations I'm making. 


And of course, you get also get the early access rewards as well.

Transformed name animation
$8 or more per Video
Alright, we're in the big leagues now, beyond the scope of coffee prices (barring some of those crazy 3d foam art lattes).   In addition to previous rewards, I'll animate the text of your name in some 3b1b-style mathy way.
Description credits
$16 or more per Video
Wow, you are clearly not kidding around when it comes to supporting more videos on math for the world.  It's as if these videos are movies at a theater (note to self, feature-length pi creature saga...).

In addition to all previous rewards, I'll include your name (or rather, Patreon user name) in a wall of thanks linked in the description of the videos you support, like this.
On-screen credits
$31 or more per Video
Aha!  You thought it was powers of 2, didn't you?  Looks like someone never saw that early video I did on circle division.

For your seriousness about this project, I'll include your name on the screen at the end of all videos that you support.
Phone call
$57 or more per Video
I'll give you a personal phone call, where we can chat about math, outreach, and the future of each.  As always, this is on top of previous rewards.
$99
$99 or more per Video
During our phone call, I'll have almost twice as much gratitude.
$163
$163 or more per Video
Admittedly, at this point, I just want to round off to the final power of 2 in the sequence...
$256
$256 or more per Video
And there we are.  Incidentally, can any of you find a nice proof that this is the last power of 2 in the sequence?
I make videos about math, animated programmatically. I also have an affection for anthropomorphic pi creatures. This channel runs on the voluntary payments of the patrons, and for that, I cannot thank you enough.

Main things to know:
  • Pledges are per video; I shoot to produce ~2 per month.
  • You get early access to videos, e.g. any future "essence of ____"
  • Videos moving forward will be kept sponsor-free.  This is partly to keep the content just about the math, and partly because I think the patreon model creates much better incentive alignment.

If you're here, you probably have some idea of what I'm trying to do with the channel, but it never hurts to say things explicitly: The goal is present math as visually as possible, focusing on topics and intuitions that aren't commonly presented elsewhere, and showing by example how math is a creative pursuit.  Also, they're important for feeding my surprisingly ravenous pi creatures.

If you’ll indulge me in some musing here, I find Patreon, and more generally the notion of voluntary direct payments for content, a super interesting thing to be happening to the internet. Typically content is either provided for a fee (e.g. movies, college lectures), where incentives are aligned to give people highly valued experiences but there is a barrier to those experiences, or it supported through ads, which lowers the barrier to consumption but misdirects incentives towards reaching larger numbers of eyeballs, which is only indirectly associated with giving people valued experiences.  I wrote more of my thoughts on ad-based models here if you're curious.

As someone who makes videos about math, neither of those seems optimal. It’s very good for things to be free since there should be as low a barrier as possible to people having their enthusiasm for math ignited. But on the other hand, I want everything to be aligned towards crafting deeper experiences that enable people to legitimately engage with math beyond a surface level. Luckily, we somehow live in a world where the content can be free, but it still runs on a direct relationship between creator and consumer, because some people simply pay by choice.

So for that, thank you.  In return, I will do everything I can to produce content worthy of your generosity, which hopefully causes a meaningful shift in people's perception of math.  Also, I'm in pretty desperate need of hiring a full-time caretaker for the pi creatures.

All the best, and keep loving math,
-Grant

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Tiers
Early access
$1 or more per Video
Get early access to future "Essence of" type series, and anything else I choose to release early.


Plus, every time a pledge is made, somewhere in the world a new pi creature is born.

Double the love, half-off the store
$2 or more per Video
You'll be helping twice as much as if you had pledged $1.  Think about that, that's 100% more pi creatures fed thanks to people like you.  


As thanks, on top of early access for videos, if you are interested in merchandise (like the plushie pi creature), you have access to 50% off pricing.

Animation previews
$4 or more per Video
For all you lovely Fouriers, while I'm working on a new video I'll give you sneak peeks of the animations I'm making. 


And of course, you get also get the early access rewards as well.

Transformed name animation
$8 or more per Video
Alright, we're in the big leagues now, beyond the scope of coffee prices (barring some of those crazy 3d foam art lattes).   In addition to previous rewards, I'll animate the text of your name in some 3b1b-style mathy way.
Description credits
$16 or more per Video
Wow, you are clearly not kidding around when it comes to supporting more videos on math for the world.  It's as if these videos are movies at a theater (note to self, feature-length pi creature saga...).

In addition to all previous rewards, I'll include your name (or rather, Patreon user name) in a wall of thanks linked in the description of the videos you support, like this.
On-screen credits
$31 or more per Video
Aha!  You thought it was powers of 2, didn't you?  Looks like someone never saw that early video I did on circle division.

For your seriousness about this project, I'll include your name on the screen at the end of all videos that you support.
Phone call
$57 or more per Video
I'll give you a personal phone call, where we can chat about math, outreach, and the future of each.  As always, this is on top of previous rewards.
$99
$99 or more per Video
During our phone call, I'll have almost twice as much gratitude.
$163
$163 or more per Video
Admittedly, at this point, I just want to round off to the final power of 2 in the sequence...
$256
$256 or more per Video
And there we are.  Incidentally, can any of you find a nice proof that this is the last power of 2 in the sequence?