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KernEnds are hand finished, solid wood bookends, perfect for your office or creative space. Get creative with type and kerning
KernEnds are hand finished, solid wood bookends, perfect for your office or creative space. Get creative with type and kerning
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Kerning: The adjustment of space between two characters. Most often, kerning implies a reduction, but can also mean the addition of space.

The KernEnds bookends project has been incubating in a sketchbook since mid 2009. We thought it would be an interesting concept to have typographical bookends that were practical, but visually stunning, while staying away from the existing design products already on the market.

Our goal was to design a product that was aesthetically pleasing and would fit on a bookshelf, a mantle in someone's home, or even in a boutique studio or office. By using solid woods like maple and walnut, as well as a limited edition zebrawood and ash set, we have created something visually stunning that will definitely be a conversation starter. 

In order to achieve this goal we looked at a number of typefaces to take inspiration from. After many sketches and handmade paper mockups Hoefler & Co.’s Gotham Bold was declared the winner. It is a strong typeface, while being neutral enough to compliment most interior design styles.

"Gotham is a typeface that somehow feels familiar...an honest tone that's assertive but never imposing." (source: http://www.typography.com/

Traditionally, Flooded Studios has had a focus on branding and marketing, but the KernEnds project has been a great way to delve into a brand new area of design. It is our hope that you love them as much as we do.

-joe.

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Facebook : FloodedStudiosGraphicDesign
Twitter: @FloodedStudios and @KernEnds  

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"This is going to be a designer-geek must-have" - Richard Bingham, Professor - Humber College, Toronto.

"Love the idea - very clever and nicely executed.” - Ben McEvoy, Digital Producer - Relish Interactive.

"The best reason to put down your ebook, and start buying physical books again" - Chris Hillier, Real Estate Agent and Graphic Designer.

THE BOOKENDS

Each set of bookends is a total of 14.75 inches long. (KE = 7"x3"x5", RN = 7.75"x3"x5")

Maple letters with Walnut base (from $67 CAD)

Zebrawood letters with Ash base (from $130 CAD)

Process -> Progress

THE REWARDS

To show our appreciation for your support, we're offering some great perks, including buttons, tshirts, and hoodies. 
Bonkers for Buttons
 
Kern Me On - Limited Edition Tshirt 
Screenprinted on Anvil Organic cotton shirt
 
KERN - Limited Edition Zip-Hoodie
Screenprinted on Anvil full zip fleece hoodie

ABOUT THE CREATOR

Flooded Studios is a graphic design studio based in Midland, ON, Canada. Owner, and designer, Joe Beausoleil studied Graphic Design (Advanced Diploma program) at Humber College School of Media Studies & Information Technology, in Toronto, Ontario.

Joe is better known for his branding design (Ciboulette et Cie, Tenon Education; Hong Kong, Kelly Moss Photography) and custom athletic apparel (Carter Beauford; Dave Matthews Band, ATWL Paintball League, CTS Bike Club), but wanted to venture into something a little different with the KernEnds project. 

STARTING LOCAL

We believe in supporting our local economy and because of this, these high quality bookends are all made in Canada, fifteen minutes away from our offices. 
KernEnds are machine cut, but each letter and base is individually hand sanded, finished and assembled. This means that each set is unique, and is inspected every step of the manufacturing process.

Here's what our local manufacturer has to say about KernEnds

WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?

The funds for this campaign will go towards paying for local production of the various perks, and manufacturing of the KernEnds bookends themselves. The tooling and equipment that is required can be costly, and the price of wood varies from day to day. 

After successful completion of the project, we can look into more practical methods of distribution for retail, and wholesale opportunities.

The funding will allow us to spend time to develop a more varied product line of different fonts, and woods. Additionally, we will be able to focus on development of a new website, and integrate e-commerce solutions.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

We would like to thank all the people who have been involved in helping to make this project a reality. From concept, to production, and giving general feedback, this would not have been possible without you. Thanks to RedCraft for assisting with the refinement and production of the prototypes, and to Dignitary Media for the video work. Also a big thank you to everyone who has contributed any feedback.

Find more about the designers here:
Facebook : FloodedStudiosGraphicDesign
Twitter: @FloodedStudios and @KernEnds

Risks and challenges

In preparing to set up the prototypes there were some logistical delays, which set back the pre-production by a couple weeks. Additional research and development is now underway so, when the Kickstarter is funded, these bugs will have already been squashed

For this project the main risks would be availability of wood, monitoring and setting up production equipment, and ensuring the quality of materials used is kept to a high standard.

We believe in supporting our local economy so these high quality bookends will all be made in Canada, just fifteen minutes away from our offices. This means that production and development can be closely monitored every step of the way.

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    HI $5 - You are amazing and we'd like to thank for your support. As a token of our appreciation, we will put your name on our website, and telepathically send you the ultimate high-five

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    GO POSTAL - We'll send you a postcard with a poorly kerned, hand-written thank you note, as well as put your name on our website.

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    BONKERS FOR BUTTONS - You will receive a set of our KernEnds pinback buttons, as well as the postcard and website thank you.

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    KERN ME ON - You will get yourself a limited edition KernEnds tee, as well as the Bonkers for Buttons reward, postcard and website thank you.

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    GONNA MAKE YOU SWEATER - You will get yourself a limited edition KernEnds hoodie, and we'll even send you a postcard, some buttons, and a website thank you.

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    NO NONSENSE (Early Bird) - As an early adopter, you'll be one of the first to receive the Maple/Walnut bookend sets, as well as a website thank you.

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    T-Shirt & Sweater Combo - You will get yourself a limited edition KernEnds T-Shirt AND a hoodie, so you're covered for all the seasons. We'll still even send you a postcard, some buttons, and a website thank you.

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    MAPLE + HOODIE - You will receive the Maple/Walnut bookend set, as well as a limited edition KernEnds hoodie, the Bonkers for Buttons reward, postcard and website thank you.

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    SHIRTS AND STRIPES (Early Bird) - You may have missed the early bird, but you'll still receive the Zebrawood/Ash bookend set, as well as a limited edition KernEnds tee, the Bonkers for Buttons reward, postcard and website thank you.

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    THE PERFECT PAIR - This is the ultimate package. You will receive a set of the Maple/Walnut bookends AND a set of Zebrawood/Ash bookends. Additionally we'll be sending you KernEnds tshirt, a hoodie, the Bonkers for Buttons reward, postcard and website thank you.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $758

    COMIC SANS - If you're the kind of person who likes Comic Sans, you're probably the type of person to spend $1000 on bookends.

    For sacrificing your hard earned dough, we'll send you a set of Maple/Walnut bookends in Comic Sans.

    In fact, we like you so much that you'll even receive a VERY LIMITED EDITION Comic Sans KERN ME ON tshirt.

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Funding period

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