About this project
Too often, designers move straight into photoshop and attempt to perform miracles by capturing their vision in a long winded on-screen process. The problem is that if they've skipped over anything that keeps the design from solving the problem, they've wasted a lot of time just figuring out that their idea doesn't work.
Even if you've recognized the benefits of sketching UI designs, you've probably realized there is a void for a tool that allows you to do that quickly, accurately and in an organized fashion.
I've used stencils which you would have to first trace the outline of the device, and then plot points, and then connect the inner points of the screen dimensions. They also come with prefabricated UI elements that immediately put me into a standard, out-of-the-box design funk.
I found pads of paper with iPhones pre-printed on them but my notebooks quickly became a mess of paper that was hard to keep track of. I wanted a better way to quickly create iPhone outlines into my notebook and focus on my sketches.
UINK is a tool for mobile UI and UX designers that brings a hands-on craftsman spirit to digital design. It allows you to quickly and accurately map out a mobile device into your sketch book so that you can capture your vision and keep your ideas organized in one place.
UINK is a 1:1 scale representation of an iPhone 5. It prints a minimally invasive dot matrix grid, making it easy to draw straight lines for whatever interfaces you dream up. It comes with a red ink pad, which makes it easy to see pencil and black ink, even when crossing over any portion of the device in the case that you want to make a note or extend lines beyond the device.
The stamp's natural gum rubber and the foam shock absorbing pad are made in the USA. The laser etched maple wood back was grown and etched in Vermont.
With UINK, we close Photoshop and take a step back from our computers. We allow ourselves to think and dream up solutions to mobile design challenges in a quick way that stays organized in the notebook that's already part of your designer tool kit. We stamp and put pencil to paper in a tactile way that stimulates our brains. We bring a craftsman spirit to our work and elevate mobile design.
*The UINK stamp is patent pending.
Process and Goal:
I've sourced the pieces separately and plan to assemble them by hand, adhering the rubber stamp to the laser etched maple wood back, and staining each piece carefully with a small brush.
I also have plans to continue the experience of UINK craft through its packaging, and I think you'll really enjoy getting your UINK.it box in the mail.
In order to create this quality, affordable, and made-in-the-USA design tool, I have to meet my first minimum order of 100 units. There's a good amount of up front cost and money spent in R&D. Your Kickstarter funds will go towards covering the cost of R&D and government patent, as well as making the first bulk order.
Risks and challenges
This project and all of its rewards require collaboration from a lot of sources that have been carefully planned to bring a quality, effective and affordable tool to designers.
Sourcing the pieces separately and finishing them by hand will require a lot of energy toward each finished piece but UINK recognizes the worth of that time and attention to detail, both in this product and the work you create with it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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