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103
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 17 2015 3:01 PM UTC +00:00
£6,433
pledged of £20,000pledged of £20,000 goal
103
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 17 2015 3:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

USB Garage aims to bring fun and style for car lovers with engaging products that connect with automobile culture.

We are passionate and enthusiastic about design and automobiles and we aim to combine these passions into a new line of products that are functional, simple and presented to tell a story. We aim to produce them licensed, in small limited runs and with certificates of authenticity.

With your help we will make a collection of products that engage users emotionally and celebrate automobile culture with a touch of modernity.

 WE HAVE AN EMPTY GARAGE

We have an empty garage and we need your help to fill it up with great vehicles: Popular classics, modern icons, automobile rarities, two wheel classics or great commercial vehicles. They all deserve a place in our garage.

Still the most invaluable and most handy way of transporting your data. Soft and warm in the hand, travels well and stores your data with style. Perfect for personal use or as a nice gift idea for a difficult-to-buy-for person. 

Specially designed for those looking for an engaging notebook with a twist, and don't need to be told how to organise their lives. Perfect for everyday use, for a gift or, if you are a Samba owner, to compliment your wonderful van.

To compliment the notebook and add a touch of colour, we will add 2 sets of charming sticky markers. Useful for flagging something important, inspiring, or just worth noting. You will receive them in green, and more colours will be added along as we reach our stretched goals.

Rewards:

Stretched Goals:

WANT ADDITIONAL UNITS?

NOTEBOOK: ADD £13 for each additional Notebook you order

PEN DRIVE: ADD £22 for each additional Pen Drive you order

NOTEBOOK+PEN DRIVE COMBO : ADD £32 for each additional Combo Pack you order

SHIPPING CHARGES: aditional shipping charges might apply, please check FAQ for shipping charges.

From the very beginning we have intended to make simple products that tell a story and make people smile. We are seasoned designers with years of experience working on complex and serious projects. Designing something simple and fun has been a welcome breath of fresh air.

It's not rocket science to design a vinyl pen drive or a designer notebook but it's not as simple as it first appears. It requires a skilled hand and plenty of patience. During this project, we have done countless design iterations to find the sweet spot between over-stylised car miniatures and over-simplified kids toys. We have also researched every trick in the book to produce them in low volumes at reasonable cost. Finally, we have spent countless hours negotiating and building trust with some of the World's biggest car brands... and we have done this for seven different car models.

Here are some images of the design process in no particular order, from sketch to prototyping and including CAD modelling, 3D printing iterations, graphics, mould making, etc.

Our original plan was to launch a collection of five different cars. After months of negotiations with several brands, we came to the conclusion that it was both too costly and too risky to organise a coordinated launch with all five models. After careful consideration, we chose to focus only on one model and learn from the Kickstarter experience. The VW Type 2 Samba was the obvious choice, both because of its iconic value and its broader appeal. 

Our current plan is to get one Kickstarter experience under our belt, and hopefully raise enough funds to pay for new licensing deals. Our ultimate goal is to expand our collection even further with new cars and new products that are simple, useful and connect with automobile culture.

Here are some random images of the work we have already done, at different stages of the design process. Either as CAD drawings or as prototypes. With your help, we will be able to raise enough funds to pay for new  licensing fees for these cars, and give you what you want, choice.

These items will only be available on future campaigns
These items will only be available on future campaigns

Our delivery dates will be influenced by our licensing agreement. VW reserves the right to require modifications to the product and ensure they are made to their standards, and those of our backers. During this process, we have to pass a total of four product approvals before we can finally ship. We have already passed two (concept and product design approval) and we are yet to pass the final two ( pre-production samples and production quality controls). These controls are very streamlined and highly efficient and should take at most two weeks. Because design approval has already been granted we expect these to go very smoothly. 

Although our products are relatively simple to manufacture and we have already worked out the supply chain in advance, we don't take anything for granted. In our schedule we have added enough contingency time to account for any unexpected delays.

Over the next few months we plan to deliver according to the following timeline:

 WHY KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter not only provides us with a way to ensure that costs are covered before entering production, but it also provides a platform to show these products to a larger audience than we would normally have.

In our case, Kickstarter has also provided us with the tools to negotiate with some of the largest companies in the World. Getting a licensing deal with some of these companies without the "Kickstarter factor" would have been so much more difficult, if not impossible. 

We thank in advance the Kickstarter community for making this project submission possible.

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Risks and challenges

Delivering a product is a rewarding process, but it’s not one without risks and challenges. The most common obstacles we could face during completion are the factory issues ranging from defective products to delayed shipments. We could also face delays if VW requires to make some modifications to the design to ensure we meet high standards of quality.

After 15 years designing and delivery products, we have learnt prepare ourselves as best as possible for these unforeseen situations. In this case, by organising a backup supply chain and by accounting for unavoidable delays in our timeline. We do not anticipate delays beyond these. In the case these happen we will give you regular updates on the progress.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.27

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    One 220 page Notebook with two sets of Sticky Page Markers.

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    One 16GB USB VW Samba Vinyl Pendrive with two spare tires.

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Funding period

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