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By Andrew Pyza
$20,094
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

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I knew nothing about product design, so I began researching as much as I could, ordered books, read ferociously and eventually found KABK in Den Haag.They offered a part-time post-graduate industrial design program. While studying part-time, I learned how universal design is and played around with various new machinery and sketched in 3d continuously. In one class, I decided to use the idea of the pencil+ where I started building the alpha prototype.

While the school was great to stimulate me further into industrial design, it did not teach 3d software. This is where I took the next semester off to focus on 3d and started the next steps to get a digital design manufactured in the real world. I learned how to design and build the parts of the pencil+ in 3d. By using 3d printing to produce physical tests, I moved away from the wooden alpha designs.

Refinements from the alpha design were taken into consideration, and wood was abandoned due to the lack of strength of the material. Wood could not compete against metals and environmentally the design needed to be recycable - hardwoods were not the way forward. Experimentations started in metals, like aluminum and brass. Iterations and tolerance adjustments were tested. I wanted the pencil+ to last and without quality assurance from the start, it would never happen

The pencil+ was shortlisted for the Braunprize in 2015, an award that happens every 4-5 years. I was extremely honoured to be mentioned and to be able to attend the event at Braun HQ in Germany. Little did I know who would be attending the event, the legend Dieter Rams. I took the chance to talk with him while he was viewing the exhibitions. I showed him the alpha pencil+ and let him operate the prototype to see what his opinion was on the design. He did not say much, but he summarised his response in one sentence. “It is a good design.”

 

Originally I wanted the band on the pencil+ painted white like the wooden alphas, but I wanted to simplify the design, removing any additives. I decided to use only the material instead. The pencil+ was sandblasted to remove the material instead of applying paint. Now the pencil+ was full aluminium. 

 While the production of the pencil+ in metals continued, the packaging design was also being worked on. I wanted the display packaging, to be of some use to the new owners; it is not designed for you to to throw away. The packaging had to embody the same principles as the pencil+: functional, recycable and robust. The glass allowed for maximum viewing angles, while the frosting of the branding matches the sandblasted concept of using the material. The alpha packaging had a wooden base, It was early design. It never fit the glass tube that great. But I knew one thing - I loved the glass. The wood was replaced with cork in the end for a snug fit. 

This prototype was the final design change that has happened, but it made a very big difference. Instead of a band, the entire body would be brushed aluminum, this was done for a few reasons. It felt better in your hands providing better grip, nicks don’t show as quickly, and simplifying the design further. The sharpener inside remained polished allowing for the contrast between textures to be the focal point in the design. The extended slot opening allows for the excess shavings to flow out instead of jamming in the early versions.

When the unfortunate happens, your pencil+ will keep your pencil sharp, with replaceable blades. Since the pencil+ is designed to last , the blades will be able to be replaced when they become dull. The aim is to reduce waste.

Keep your pencil stubs feeling as if they were a brand new pencil. A clasp keeps your pencil secure while drawing. Returning your stub back to a comfortable size, allowing you to ultimately finish your pencils. When your pencil needs a sharpen, unclasp and sharpen - if your pencil is small enough, it allows a small eraser to be stored in the cavity.

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

I've been testing out the pencil+ throughout each iteration, making sure that there are no surprises and you get the best tool for your pencil. I have already produced 25 prototypes to ensure the up most quality in the final product and I am really happy with the end result.

I have been working as a designer and art director in Amsterdam for nearly 10 years the pencil+ represented an amazing design challenge being able to work on every aspect of the product.

I have everything lined up and ready to go with a producer to launch the first batch of the pencil+. Being a backer you will be notified every step of the way, now I am working on getting everyone able to draw wit ha pencil+.

I need your help to achieve the pledge amount of €11,000, to Kickstarter the very first production run of the pencil+, the best tool for your pencil. If the stretch goal of €20,000 is hit, an additional colorway brass will become available.

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    €80 off retail price of €240

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    Tip: Fixed shipping rate for up to 10 pencil+s, the more you order the more you save on individual shipping prices.

    INCLUDES:
    - 4x Aluminum pencil+
    - 4x HB pencil
    - 4x Magnetic cork pencil holder & display case
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    Aluminium, rose gold or gunmetal pencil+

    42% off retail price of €60.00. You will specify colorways in the survey sent out after the campaign ends.

    INCLUDES:
    - Aluminum pencil+
    - HB pencil
    - Magnetic cork pencil holder & display case
    - Etch your name into the pencil+ legacy with a permanent mention on the pencil+ website as a first backer!
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