About this project
If designers, writers, students, musicians, artists, architects, teachers, creatives... have their specific needs, why do they have to use a generic notebook? Why do they have to adapt to notebooks instead of notebooks adapting to their type of work? What if a single reusable notebook could suit everyone's specific needs? We asked ourselves these questions, and we've come to Kickstarter with the answer: a modular notebook designed to suit you.
Apparently, it is a normal notebook, but never judge a 'notebook' by its cover. The Mixiw Notebook is an innovative notebook concept that allows you to customize its content according to your own needs. It has a new binding system in which booklets can be removed, rearranged or combined easily, quickly and conveniently depending on the situation. The notebook can carry up to 5 booklets of up to 40 pages each (200 pages in total). There are dozens of different booklets to choose from. Whether you need a planner, a diary or to-dos to better organise and be more productive; or specific papers for fountain pens, drawing or painting to express your creativity; or technical content (millimeter paper, vectors, web and app design...), the Mixiw Notebook suits you.
And what are you going to do when you run out of pages? Don’t worry, the Mixiw Notebook is refillable. Once you've filled a booklet, you'll only have to change it for a new one. Also, you can keep filled booklets in the Mixiw Album: a filing system where you can store up to 20 booklets and be able to go back to them easily.
Mixiw's quality hardcover ensures a long lifetime for a versatile and infinite notebook that changes and evolves at the same time you do.
The Mixiw Notebook covers have elastic hooks on the upper and lower part of the spine which allow you to remove and reattach the 5 booklets. The new binding system allows adaptability with a compact design. Removing a booklet is as easy as opening it from the middle and moving it up and down to separate it from the cover. Adding a booklet is equally fast and simple. You won't waste any time adapting the content to your needs like you would do with bulky ring binders. Do more with less with Mixiw, a simple, elegant and free of distractions notebook that helps increase your productivity. The hooks will securely hold the booklets so that they do not fall by accident.
Last but not least, Mixiw's new binding system allows the notebook to lay flat (180º).
The Mixiw Notebook comes with a sticky pocket. We know that not everyone use it, so we let you choose if you want to stick it on the interior cover or not. Once it’s sticked it can’t be removed.
The Mixiw Notebook has a hard cover made of high quality vinyl-coated to guarantee a long lasting life. A durable cover to store many notebook cycles.
The interior cover of Mixiw is made of fabric with a layer of Teflon®.
Both covers are nonstick to prevent stains. You won't have to worry anymore about coffee splatters.
Initially, these are the available colors: black, green and white. The covers are nonstick to prevent stains. You won't need to worry anymore about coffee splatters.
For the filled booklets you want to keep, you can use the Mixiw Album, which can hold up to 20 booklets. It’s a great way to have all your notebook stories organised and accessible. The Mixiw Album has 20 elastic bands around the spine which allow you to attach and remove booklets.
It's a simple and elegant solution to store and keep your old booklets on your bookshelf.
The booklets are staple bound.
The Mixiw Notebook offers different paper types for different needs:
- Multi purpose (90g/m2). The perfect paper for everyday uses. All the layouts are printed with this paper.
- Fountain pen friendly and illustration (~120g/m2). Ideal if you work with ink.
- Watercolor paper (~210g/m2). Ideal for watercolor painting.
All the paper we use comes from responsibly managed forests, certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). This means that the whole process from extracting the wood to the processing of the paper is done with environmentally friendly criteria that ensures forest regeneration. Also, all of our papers are acid-free.
- A reinvented notebook. Designed with the user in mind to break with the limitations of other notebooks and to give you the freedom you always wanted.
- Elegant and simple design. Beautiful compact notebook with a new binding system. More practical, easier and faster to use than other “solutions”.
- Multifunctional. Planner, journal, sketchbook, storyboard, web/app design... The Mixiw Notebook is whatever you want it to be. More than 20 rearrangeable booklet types to choose from and many more to come.
- Customise it to your needs. Rearrange and combine booklets to suit your needs at any given time.
- Refillable. Forget about throwaway notebooks. There's no need to change the whole notebook everytime it runs out of pages. Mixiw can be used over and over again.
- Quality paper. Different paper types for different needs: multi purpose, fountain pen friendly and watercolor paper. All of them long-lasting and acid-free.
- Lays flat (180º). All 5 booklets open flat for a better experience.
- Up to 200 pages (5 booklets of 40 pages each). You choose how to fill them.
- Sticky pocket. We know that not everyone wants a back pocket, so we let you stick it only if you need it.
Keepsake. Keep your filled booklets organised in the Album and look them up like a book.
- For everyone. Designed to suit everyone’s needs.
- Do more with less. Why having one notebook for each one of your needs? 5 rearrangeable booklets of your choice in one single notebook.
- Get focused. The notebook pile is over, with Mixiw you only have to focus on a single notebook for all your needs.
- Be organised. Unclutter. Forget about having a chaotic notebook with messy notes. Use each booklet for a different purpose.
- Be productive. Get things done without distractions. You can go through the booklets more quickly than loose-leafs, or use the bookmarks to go straight to a specific page.
- Be creative. Use layouts to focus on what you create.
- Cool stuff to be unlocked. Amazing and innovative Stretch Goals that focus on user experience.
- Ever evolving. We'll listen to your suggestions to constantly improve the Mixiw experience.
- Exclusive online Store for backers. After the Kickstarter campaign, the store will be available to Mixiw backers before anyone else.
We'll do that through an online store on Mixiw Notebooks website. At the end of the campaign, if it is successful, exclusive access to our online store will be granted to all the backers with a physical reward. There you will be able to select from the different reward options and to process shipment. We've decided to do it this way because it allows us to provide different benefits:
- Simplify customization. Once you access the online store you'll see all your rewards and you'll be able to select the size of your Mixiw Notebook, cover color, booklets, and size of the Mixiw Album.
- Allow you to increase rewards. Once you've selected your reward you'll be able to include more booklets and Mixiw Albums, which will have to be paid separately from this campaign, directly on the online store.
- Provide long-term service to backers. After we've sent you the rewards, the store will be online permanently to allow the acquisition of new booklets and filling systems.
We do not know yet when the online store will be accessible to the general public. We only know that it will be after we've sent each and every one of the rewards to the backers.
We think that Mixiw’s adaptability and customization solve several limitations of present notebooks and open new possibilities for everyone. But innovation has its costs. In our case, manufacturing a notebook with a new binding system that breaks industry standards isn’t a cheap task to accomplish. That’s why we need a large order of Mixiw notebooks to obtain a good price from the manufacturers.
With this in mind, we think that crowdfunding is the best way to launch the Mixiw Notebook. First of all, it gives us the opportunity to validate Mixiw and to know if there are people interested in it. Secondly, backers can help make Mixiw a reality while they are rewarded for it. Last but not least, a crowdfunding campaign is the beginning of something that we find crucial, the founding of a community formed by the people who believe a better notebook is possible.
From all the crowdfunding sites, we have chosen Kickstarter to fundraise Mixiw because it has an experienced audience in supporting innovative concepts that solve everyday problems. We want to learn from the knowledge of Kickstarter users and listen to their suggestions about Mixiw.
We strongly believe that Kickstarter will help us to connect with notebook lovers around the world to make the Mixiw Notebook a reality.
If you like this new notebook concept, help us to get to as many people as possible. And together, we can make the Mixiw Notebook a reality. Share this project through your social networks and with everybody you think might be interested in it. Every bit of help will be very useful ;)
Our dream is that you have the option to customize a notebook that evolves and adapts constantly to your needs so that you don't have to adapt to a generic notebook. We know this is a great challenge and that’s why we want it to be a long term project. We hope this campaign is not the end but the beginning of a new way of understanding notebooks.
Once we'll have sent all the Mixiw notebooks to everybody who will have participated in this campaign, our commitment is to keep the online store open for all of you. We cannot specify when exactly we'll open the store to the general public, but we do promise to provide refills to all the backers that have a Mixiw Notebook so that you'll never run out of pages.
Taking this responsibility, we want to go further than the normal notebook concept. We believe that Mixiw's binding system opens a variety of possibilities that we want to research and develop. We want Mixiw to be more than a personal adaptive tool to create, discover, share, organize, learn… We have many innovative ideas centered on what we consider to be the fundamental pilar of Mixiw, its users.
Our dream is not only to create an awesome notebook that suits everyone's needs, but to build an open project for notebook lovers. A community where you can participate and create. We want to listen to Mixiw's users to know their suggestions about new features, new layout, and even more… This is our commitment for the future: to be constantly improving the Mixiw experience, always by your side.
My name is Arnau Aloy, I am a graphic designer and a passionate lover of notebooks and organizers. I think that, despite digital tools being very useful, nothing gives you the freedom to create, capture ideas and express yourself without distractions as a paper notebook. Nonetheless, I've always thought notebooks had limitations and I had never found any that suited my ever changing needs. Most of them were designed to cover concrete uses and the very few that allowed customization of content had mechanisms with very little usability. So I always ended up using one for each of my needs. This way I had my ideas, designs, agendas... scattered around different notebooks, and that was preventing me from being more organized, productive and creative.
The search for a notebook that would adapt to my needs was for me a chimera. I thought I was the only one with this problem, but I discovered many people had the same difficulty. Some of them talked about the piles of notebooks they had accumulated over the years, most of them were not completely full and some others were not even used. I thought the image of the piles of notebooks was perfect proof of the problem many users had to find a notebook that was simple, elegant, durable and versatile.
So I decided to design myself the versatile notebook I had always wanted but never found. To do that I found inspiration on the adaptability and long life of the ring binders, and the usability and the capacity to use the double page of the book-like notebooks. A year and a half ago I designed the first Mixiw prototype with a new binding system. I showed it to many notebook users to get first impressions and opinions. One of them fell in love with it, my friend Marc Prat, who got involved in the project. Together we worked on improving the notebook and defining the Mixiw experience we wanted the users to enjoy.
After many other prototypes, when we had the definitive notebook, we believed we needed to reach as many notebook lovers as possible to be able to make the Mixiw Notebook a reality. And we thought the best way to do that was by launching a Kickstarter campaign. And so here you have it, made with the head and the heart, with you in mind. We hope you like it as much as we do and that we can go on working together in this project.
We are Arnau Aloy and Marc Prat, friends since we were little kids. We love everything related to creativity and the creative process. This is why we've always loved notebooks. We've designed the Mixiw Notebook to be a versatile tool which helps people to be more productive, organised and creative. We want to listen to your suggestions because we believe you are a fundamental pilar of this new notebook concept, and together we can make it a reality.
Arnau’s Mixiw combo: A5 with Agenda, Millimeter paper, To-do's, Blank paper, Monthly Planner
Marc’s Mixiw combo: A5 with Weekly Planner, To-do list, Dot Grid, Blank paper and Storyboard.
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge we have is the complexity of order fulfillment due to the amazing degree of customization of the notebook for each backer. We’ll commit our time to ensure that every backer receives exactly the desired notebook.
On the other hand, the production of the Mixiw Notebook is also complex because it has elements from various suppliers and it means a technical challenge for binding companies. Machinery in use nowadays does not allow for the complete automatisation of the production process of our covers and so some manual procedures must be included.
Luckily, the companies which will participate in the production of the Mixiw Notebook have shown their interest and willingness to participate in this innovative project. This way, our commitment will be that of coordinating and managing all the production steps to ensure that our notebooks are produced and shipped to our backers according to the established schedule.
Finally, the third challenge that we will face simultaneously to production is the creation of the web platform, as well as possible stretch goals related to digital environment.
We’re really excited about the Mixiw Notebook, and we’ll work hard to make you enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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