our building

app building software to help your capital campaign team

Institutional fundraising that occurs in board rooms and living rooms - between front line fundraisers and potential donors - stands to benefit most from mobile presentation innovation. Whether it be cutting-edge augmented reality and panoramas, the portability of an iPad with all your assets stored locally in one app, or a technical crutch for your more reluctant "askers" there is a better way - our building.

impactful tools, updated easily, navigated simply
 

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For The Development Team

One app on one iOS device. Download and present all from the same platform for the entirety of the campaign. Never worry about asking your donor for their wi-fi password, never hassle with a cloud service making a film available offline, never have to go into your on-line docs and figure out which presentation deck is the latest, never have to shuttle between apps to get to the content you want to show.

Download and store the latest materials when you can, and present when you need to - all in the same app.

For The Communications Team

One location to upload your latest case statement, film, or presentation deck and have it be distributed to the front line development team seamlessly and elegantly.

During the quiet phase when the vision is big and the materials are general, through the meat of the campaign when the opportunities are specific and the message is multifaceted, use one app to empower your development team to best pair the donor's interests to your funding needs.

For The Architectural Team

Our Building is equipped with an augmented reality feature to present architectural models and a Panorama viewer to explore the naming opportunities within. Get your client's fundraising teams cutting-edge assets to make their presentations more impactful.

Created in less than a day, you can issue a customized/updated app at every presentation milestone to expand your firm's passive engagement, foster stakeholder buy-in, and all while you help raise funds. See more.

 
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How does it work?

Our Building is an iOS app with a simple navigation structure to get to the information you want to present. Tutorial is here.

Its main power, though, lies in the system backing the content. This is a web based interface to drag and drop content you've commissioned or made (presentation decks, images, films, virtual reality nodes/panoramas, augmented reality models), to the cloud-to build your own app in minutes. Your team in the field just needs to log in on the app to download that content and they're ready for the next presentation.

A native app that's updated as easily as a website, and let's you present with the reliability of local content.

How much does it cost?

We are committed to cost effective solutions for the non-profits we serve - and will offer more nuanced account plans upon review of usage by early adopters. At present, each campaign/project subscribes to an account in order to access the upload web dashboard and download their goods.

The Basic account is 150/month and includes:
*10 GB Storage
*100 GB of downloads

Want to try it?

Install to your iPhone or iPad here, then contact us below to get a sample username, password, and augmented reality target card.

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FAQs

Q: Is Our Building available for Android devices?

A: Not at this time. We did the math and at this juncture it is more economical for our clients to buy iPads for their front line fundraisers/stakeholders, than to pay us to support multiple platforms/resolutions. We will revisit this decision periodically, but for now to keep our customer's costs down Our Building is only available for iOS devices.

Q: What is studio amd?

A: We're a 25 year old digital art studio that makes renderings, films, interactive experiences, and apps primarily for building projects.  

Q: I know you're primarily a creative firm, do I have to work with you guys?

A: You will for the augmented reality model, but otherwise not much. We hope you will, but ultimately we offer this app to provide a role that we saw lacking  - a central mobile platform that can get assets to internal stakeholders elegantly. We would appreciate you engaging us, for stuff like renderings, films or a digital site model - but we don't require using us creatively in order to use the platform. 

Q: Do I need goggles, Oculus Rift or something like Google cardboard?

A: No, our premise is that these buildings get built one conversation at a time, and those conversations sometimes happen in restaurants, airports, trains, offices, coffee shops etc. in other words in places where few would be comfortable wearing headgear, never mind having them handy. That said, the app does support panoramic VR tours in online mode that can use headgear, and we intend to add this functionality to its offline offerings in the future. Right now however we've prioritized facilitating the intimate meeting, and being able to access all the content without taking gear on/off.

Q: Can I distribute this app to my alumni/staff/wider community?

A: Technically yes, however we would strongly discourage it for a few reasons. We might make and value cool stuff, but we recognize the most important ingredient of any major "ask" is the societal need to be filled and the donor's confidence in the institution to fill it - this app is made to help further bolster that confidence, help your more reluctant "askers" and make the meetings more memorable. Asking potential donors to devote space on their devices, self tour, get fatigued on the augmented reality, and see nothing new when you show up, we believe, is counterproductive.

Q: Is it only for non-profit capital campaigns, or will you sell it to private businesses/firms as well?

A: We built it for capital campaigns, however the more we talk to architects it is apparent that the idea of issuing/updating a content rich, private app for a client team as a "leave behind" that can be subsequently edited is a very attractive idea. Presence on the client's mobile device, what better way to foster a deep understanding of your value than have the building on their phone that they can in turn show off?  See more here.

Q: I like it, but it'd be better if it was branded to my institution/campaign/firm, can I get that?

A: Yes, what you're talking about is called white-labeling, and we can do that. Reach out and let us know and we'll put together some numbers.

Q: I understand the impact of mobile presentation tools in intimate presentations - they are much richer than what you can do on a laptop - but the pieces still feel like pieces and not a story, what do you suggest?

A: Understood, to make an app that works for many is to abandon the opportunities that a specific project might suggest. Try as we might, there is no substitute for a custom app where content and the interface are conceived as unified. But, we can design and make one, in fact that's what we love to do  - just let us know, we can't wait to start!