A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What got us started:
As designers, we love our design process too much to allow them to be stored in tacky, uninspired notebooks.
That is why we designed the Architools Notebook to be a standardised, elegant solution to document entire projects.
To create this timeless design, we paired crisp white paper with natural copper, perfectly proportioned according to the Golden Ratio; a mathematical phenomenon associated with beauty that has inspired Architecture since the Parthenon in 500 B.C.
Minimalist design approach:
Our studio's design process involves sketching in a notebook, and scanning them into photoshop for post processing.
The Architools Notebook is designed with the purpose of making this process as seamless as possible, while providing a premiumexperience through the quality of our materials.
Our minimalist design approach stems from the belief that the design of the notebook should celebrate the contents that it carries, rather than distract from it.
As the number of Architools Notebooks increase, we intend for it to be viewed as a collection of projects, instead of pile notebooks.
Paper quality and design guide:
The result is an A5 sized pure white notebook, consisting of 140 sheets (280 pages) of crisp 100gsm wood-free paper, flanked by 300gsm white covers that blend in monolithically with the pages.
It also contains a monthly planner to keep track of your submission deadlines and project timelines, as well as 6 pages of ‘The Annex’, our printed guide of basic references for architecture drawings.
An exposed Smyth Sewn binding allows it to lay flat open in a perfect A4 size, perfect for seamless sketching and scanning.
No ruled or dotted pages also means that transferring your sketches to a computer will not include any unwanted dots or lines that will be troublesome to omit.
Copper functional elements:
For those on the move, we have placed a copper strip front and back to protect the corners of your notebook from blunting.
We chose copper because of the beautiful natural patina that will develop over time, which has been the inspiration for celebrated architectural facades around the world.
The dimensions of the copper protector were derived through the golden ratio, which leaves us with a perfectly proportioned design that we feel is timeless.
Pricing: Early Bird Launch Discount
For our Kickstarter Early Bird Rewards, our Architools Notebook will launch for SGD 20 (USD 15) and our Architools Copper Notebook will launch for SGD 25 (USD 19). (Future retail price will be SGD 25 and SGD 30 respectively)
Prices exclude shipping, which will be calculated at checkout. Worldwide shipping costs SGD 12 (USD 9) and domestic shipping will be SGD 3. For the bundle of 3, shipping is SGD 16 (USD 12) and SGD 4 respectively.
Please refer to: http://www.singpost.com/postage-rate for the estimated shipping times to your country. We will be using Standard Surface Mail to avoid high shipping costs but will use Registered Mail wherever available.
Our goal is to hit 500 notebook purchases from this Kickstarter Campaign in order to meet bulk pricing agreements with our manufacturing partners.
We would like to sincerely thank our backers for believing in our design philosophy and we are confident that you will love the Architools Notebook as much as we do!
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Risks and challenges
We have worked closely with our suppliers and manufacturers to create a prototype that reflects our production model.
Upon successful funding, we can expect production to be ready after 1 month from receiving funds. After which, shipping will take 1 to 2 months to reach any corner of the globe.