Symbolyxs is a symbol language for communicating with internationally recognized standard symbols. I'm putting the finishing touches on the artwork for the Symbolic Frolic refrigerator magnets based on what I learned from the prototypes that are shown in the pictures.
The symbol magnets are kid friendly and cat proof. When I saw how much fun and the learning opportunities that kids have playing with the symbols, I was reinvigorated to make the final push to get these available to everyone. Printing the magnets and symbol keys has large setup costs. This means larger quantity production runs are much more economical and the insanity of getting artwork press ready is more rewarding.
I know you will get a kick out of these symbol magnets generating laughs and injecting creative thinking into your day.
The symbols are designed in a modern minimalist style giving a cosmopolitan look. Symbolyxs was inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics combined with internationally recognized standard symbol signs.
Symbolic Frolic Refrigerator Symbol Magnets
The Symbolic Frolic Expression main kit has 108 1 inch by 1 inch symbols based on international standard symbols signs and icons, having enough symbols to compose phrases. I added theme kits, each with 16 1 inch by 1 inch symbols, to expand the library of symbols in a fun humorous style. Each kit has a symbol key with meanings for the symbols.
The Symbolic Frolic theme kits include Animals, Astrology, Christmas, Cosmic, Dating, Dating Hazards, Dorm life, Driver's Ed, Grammatical Necessities 1, Grammatical Necessities 2, Home Front, Life's a Beach, Off Road, Parties, Relationships, Romance, Travel, Under the Stars, Urban Activities, In the Snow, and Work Zone.
The durable symbol refrigerator magnets are easily cleaned with soap and water.
Symbolic Communication for Education and Fun
The family friendly fridge magnets allow kids to play creating stories while learning. Kids instantly recognize these picture symbols and learn language skills while they play. The 1 inch square symbols are perfect for kids’ little hands, they can easily create stories and explain them to parents, and use favorite symbols as holders for artwork on the refrigerator.
Educators want the symbols for hands on products and games to help children learn language. Dyslexia, autism, and other learning difficulties in the traditional classroom might be due to different symbol and decoding processes. April is autism month, I’m hoping these symbols will be a tool to help those with autism and other learning difficulties, learn language in new and unique ways.
Symbolyxs helps solve the problem of kids learning language skills by using symbols instead of words. Symbolyxs helps bridge the gap for visual learners who might struggle with words, now they can begin to play with symbols developing language concepts.
Symbolyxs will especially appeal to visual learners and trendy adults who are looking for something new and unique. Laugh, create, using the symbols for composing messages, stories, and humorously phrases.
Risks and challenges
I have made Symbolic Frolic magnet kits in a prototype run working with my suppliers before. I’m making minor changes to the symbols and key artwork based on what I learned from the prototypes that are shown in the pictures. As I go thru the artwork I am making improvements for instance changing some bitmap artwork to vector artwork. All the artwork has to be proofed before printing, about 50 files, a lot of work. The refrigerator magnets product process for the production run is the same as for the prototype magnets. The product symbol keys will be improved from the samples I printed, including higher quality printing, better cardstock, improvements to the artwork, more exact cutting.
Project challenges include finalizing the artwork for printing, getting the magnets printed, getting the keys printed, properly assembling the magnet kits, and mailing. The number of each Symbolic Frolic theme kit selected by Kickstart supporters needs to be balanced so there might be limits on a particular theme kit, i.e. if every single person wants only the romance theme kit there would be an imbalance.
This process is a lot of work but the steps are known and I have done this before on prototype production runs. There is always a small risk of printing and cutting errors we try to be careful and meticulous and my suppliers are as well.
The Symbolyxs play explore t shirts artwork is being prepared and I will be working with a local t shirt printer.
Printing the magnets and keys has large setup costs. This means larger quantity production runs are much more economical and the insanity of getting artwork press ready is more rewarding.
The Kickstarter target allows a production quantity that makes Symbolic Frolic magnet kits affordable. The Kickstarter funds go to printing the symbol refrigerator magnets and symbol keys, packaging, and a little bit of coffee. The current version is a prototype they are not being sold, I have teachers who want these for their classrooms and I need help getting the production run to get magnets to them and to you!
International shipping will be about $10 more for the Expressions main kit, and $15 to $40 for the full sheets. I will update with further specifics.
The Symbolic Frolic magnet kits are all made in USA.
Symbolyxs Symbolic Frolic magnet kits schedule
April May Kickstarter project
May finalizing the artwork for printing
June Print magnets and keys
July Assemble magnet kits and mail
Symbol sheet with 460 1 inch by 1 inch symbol magnets in entirety includes Expressions & Phrase Game all 22 theme kits, 1 Symbolyxs Play Explore T-Shirt
Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
Ships within the US only
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