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Meet Imbue, a small creative tool that attaches to your sketchbook. It replaces rulers, t squares, triangles, and compasses on the go! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 14, 2014.

Meet Imbue, a small creative tool that attaches to your sketchbook. It replaces rulers, t squares, triangles, and compasses on the go!

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Our Story 

Our goal was to make a creative tool that was simple, elegant, functional, and easy to use. We wanted a tool that was attached to us without even knowing it was there until we needed to use it. It needs to be compact and compatible with one of the most important creative tools next to your writing utensil, your sketchbook. 

We know how quickly ideas come and go, and how creatives need to put down their ideas on paper as soon as it hits them. That's where imbue comes in to aid your creative mind to quickly draw up your idea.

We decided to rethink how people use drafting tools on the go. Imbue takes your large cumbersome drafting tools and compacts them into their most essential form. By asking numerous creatives which of their tools they used the most, helped us decide what tools we wanted to incorporate into Imbue.

Imbue is a creative tool made for creatives like yourself.  

PRO version VS. ELITE version
PRO version VS. ELITE version
Look at all the tools imbue replaces. Out with the old, in with the new!
Look at all the tools imbue replaces. Out with the old, in with the new!

Attention is in the Detail

From far away Imbue looks like a simple ruler that can make the straightest lines, but once you get closer you can see the specifically placed markings and all the details that make this the perfect tool for anything creative.

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Part 1: Attaching Imbue to your sketchbook

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Part 2: Demonstrating triangle features   

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Part 3: Demonstrating compass feature 

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Part 4: Demonstrating radius feature 

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Part 5: Demonstrating perpendicular feature

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 Part 6: Demonstrating ruler feature

compatible with these sketchbooks + any notebook with a bookmark
compatible with these sketchbooks + any notebook with a bookmark
We designed Imbue to fit perfectly in a mid sized sketchbook, and thin enough to unnoticed when carried!!
We designed Imbue to fit perfectly in a mid sized sketchbook, and thin enough to unnoticed when carried!!
Tip to keep your bookmark fray free!!
Tip to keep your bookmark fray free!!

Process

It all starts with a sketch...
It all starts with a sketch...
Prototypes
Prototypes
Color Studies + possible additional stretch goal color options!
Color Studies + possible additional stretch goal color options!
Color inspiration
Color inspiration
Final prototypes
Final prototypes
Enjoy!
Enjoy!


Made in the USA

We wanted to make sure we could get the quality our backers deserve. What better way to support local business and monitor the quality of Imbue than manufacturing in the USA. We found local machine shops and metal anodizing shops that can deliver the quality that we are proud of. Here are all the locations we will be using locally to manufacture your creative tool. 

Who we are

Graduating together in 2011 from Columbus College of Art and Design together Igor & Steve have 6 years total of real world experience in the product design field, working with multimillion dollar companies. Today they both work together at a local design firm in Columbus, OH. 

Fulfillment

We are able to start shipping your imbue creative tool as soon as late July, early August!
We are able to start shipping your imbue creative tool as soon as late July, early August!
We can't do this without you!!
We can't do this without you!!

Risks and challenges

We have done our extended research on how long each step of our process will take to get to the final Imbue creative tool. All our production will be done within a 20 mile radius minus our packaging which will be printed with Jenex graphics in Long Island city, New York & our custom debossed moleskines which will be made with Jennibick book binding in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. This will allow us to have great control on our timeline leaving little room for problems, as we can deal with the issue in person.

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FAQ

  • The material is not clear, it is made out aerospace grade aluminum and there is a clear anodized coating applied to the tool which strengthens the metal.

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  • Currently the Imbue creative tool is offered using imperial measurements (inches), however we have received requests for metric increments and we are in the process of exploring this option. If you have any interest in the metric option please message us.

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    EARLY BIRD // PRO: Receive 1 airspace grade aluminum imbue creative tool in your choice of anodized black, clear, or teal.

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    EARLY BIRD // ELITE: Receive 1 machined stainless steel imbue creative tool

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    359 backers

    PRO: Receive 1 airspace grade aluminum imbue creative tool in your choice of anodized black, clear, or teal.

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    PRO:METRIC Receive 1 aerospace grade aluminum Imbue creative tool in your choice of anodized black, clear, or teal.

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    150 backers

    ELITE: Receive 1 machined stainless steel imbue creative tool

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    Titanium: Receive 1 machined Titanium imbue creative tool

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    PRO // MOLESKIN (complete package) Receive 1 embossed imbue moleskin with 1 airspace grade aluminum imbue creative tool in your choice of anodized black, clear, or teal.

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    42 backers Limited (8 left of 50)

    PRO // METRIC // MOLESKIN (complete package) Receive 1 embossed imbue moleskin with 1 aerospace grade aluminum imbue creative tool in your choice of anodized black, clear, or teal.

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    220 backers

    SET OF 3: Have more than one moleskin no worries we have you covered. Receive 1 ELITE stainless steel imbue creative tool + 2 airspace grade aluminum imbue creative tools in your choice of anodized black, clear, or teal.

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    Titanium: Receive 1 machined Titanium imbue creative tool.

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Funding period

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