The Minimalist Notebook, by Architects, for Everyone. (Canceled)
Successfully funded on Kickstarter and featured on ArchDaily. Timeless design for your priceless work.
Architools was started in 2016 with the goal of elevating a designer's creative experience through minimalist design.
Inspired by the influence of the 4th dimension of time on the art of documenting your design process, Architools combines exquisite raw materials that age beautifully with premium paper designed to complement the way we work in this digital era.
Architools is committed to pricing our products reasonably to support a growing creative community and to establish a new ‘silent premium’ brand that offers an iconic yet timeless design that will last you a lifetime.
The Minimalist Notebook
Our minimalistic design approach stems from the belief that creation is about building order from chaos, which is why we design our notebooks to attain what we believe to be a truly timeless aesthetic.
We believe that we have found the perfect balance between bold minimalism and subtle sophistication to achieve a design that will always be relevant, resistant to passing trends.
With that, you can be assured that the notebook you purchase today and one that you purchase 10 years later stand identically side by side on your shelf; an enduring compilation of your work through the years.
Architools is offering 3 new sizes and a new Brass edge finishing. If you would like to purchase our previous Architools A5w and A5c, you may do so at https://architools.co, or through this campaign at a discounted price.
Product Lineup & Pricing:
The Architools Notebook now comes in both A5 & A6, with a new slim option. They are categorised as the Architools A6s, A6, A5s, & A5. S stands for Slim, and W, C, & B stand for White, Copper, and Brass respectively.
To purchase more than 1 type of notebook, simply add up the prices and increase your pledge amount accordingly. Subsequently, let us know the details of your order through the message function and we will follow up with a confirmation.
To increase your pledge amount, visit the project page and click the “Manage your pledge" button that appears next to your pledge amount and then select "Change your pledge". You can increase the pledge amount after pledging to 1 reward tier first.
The focus of the design was to combine clarity of mind and timeless aesthetic into a symbolic design that is synonymous with premium quality.
The Minimalist Notebook: Pure White
To achieve clarity of mind, we envisioned a pure, white, monolithic form. We believe that the focus should be on your priceless work, and the premium materials and functional elements should celebrate and uphold that, rather than vie for attention.
The Minimalist Notebook: Copper Patina
We were inspired by the magnificent patina of copper architectural facades, as well as the proportions of the Golden Ratio. The way it subtly glows in the light and the feel of the cold, smooth, solid metal against your fingertips lets you know that you are holding on to something truly special.
The Minimalist Notebook: Classic Brass
For those who crave something a little more exquisite, our new Classic Brass finish develops the same beautiful patina and takes on a more complementary tone compared to the more striking Copper Patina.
Architools Brass Pen
We are also introducing the new Architools Brass Pen, machined out of solid brass. Refills will be made available on our website shortly. Pens and Refills are shipped with free Airmail.
The copper strip is perfectly proportioned to the Golden Ratio; the set of mathematical proportions used by the ancient Greeks to design the Parthenon, naturally occurring in nature and associated with beauty & perfection.
The 0.4mm Copper / Brass Edge starts of with a brilliant reflective shine, before developing its beautiful patina through repeated contact with the natural oils on our fingers. It also serves to protect the edges of your notebook from blunting.
In the rapidly increasing digital world of today, it is interesting to note that the demand for analogue paper products have been increasing as well. Perhaps it is the hollowness of creating art in digital form compared to paper that lacks a certain romantic quality, and does not capture the joy and the pain expressed in human handwriting.
Learning from the way designers work, sketches and notes are often jotted down in a notebook and scanned into a digital format for post processing. We would love to say goodbye to scans ruined by lined and dotted pages that are off-coloured and disproportionally cropped. In this digital age, you should not have to have two different mediums competing against each other, but rather two that complement each other.
With this in mind, the perfect design was then to have pages that conform to international paper sizing standards, with a Smyth-sewn binding that allows the notebook to open completely flat, turning the A5-sized notebook into a perfectly flat A4-sized canvas that is easy to sketch on and scan.
An essential design guide provides commonly-used design references as well as a 12-month perpetual planner ensures that you will never lose track of a deadline. (A5, A5c and A5b come with a slightly different set of pages, visit https://architools.co for more details.)
Buttery smooth, crisp white, 100gsm paper makes writing and sketching an enlightening experience and double-330gsm covers provide a rigidity that is just right for sketching on unstable surfaces, yet not being too rigid to be uncomfortable.
As designers ourselves, we believe that the documentation of our precious design process is priceless and we only want the absolute best when it comes to storing that information.
The way the timeless minimalism of the design lasts a lifetime and the feel of exquisite materials when you take it in your hand, that is something we felt should be the entitled to all who appreciate the intimacy of putting pen to paper.
Shipping and Production Timeline
Every notebook that we send out is furnished with an informative jacket around its back cover and is individually shrink-wrapped.
For shipping, each book is wrapped in multiple layers of bubble wrap and packed into a rigid cardboard mailer, ensuring that the book reaches you in perfect condition.
All prices include Free Standard International Mail, Shipped via Singapore Post's Surface Mail Service. You may check out the shipping durations at their website here: https://www.singpost.com/postage-rate. (No tracking number provided, picture of parcel available upon request.)
Should you wish to upgrade to Singapore Post's Trackable Airmail service, you may add on the amount indicated in the table.
Some encouraging words from our happy customers:
“ I received my set of 3 copper notebooks today (much faster than I anticipated) and I wanted to tell you how absolutely gorgeous they are-- they've exceeded my high expectations. I'm thrilled you're going to have a shop up and running so I know I can order more. Thank you for following through with a truly A+ product. ” - Erin, [Superbacker]
“ G’day Architools! Got both of mine today in Australia and they survived the trip very well. They are a work of art, pun intended:) well done! ” - Marcella, [Superbacker]
Previous Campaign Featured on ArchDaily: https://www.archdaily.com/884300/this-carefully-crafted-minimalist-sketchbook-is-perfectly-designed-with-architects-in-mind
Previous Campaign Featured on WebDesignerDepot: https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2017/11/35-crowd-fund-campaigns-for-designers-this-black-friday/
Risks and challenges
Books are heavy, and with couriers charging according to weight, it is hard to give discounts for larger orders.
With that, we have included the standard shipping charges into the price, so that ordering multiple books of different variants may be as simple as adding the prices together.
Once you have added the prices together, simply increase your pledge amount accordingly and drop us a message through the messaging feature. We will then reply with a confirmation. Pledge amounts can be edited until the campaign has reached it's deadline.
For backers who would like their books delivered fast, we have also added the option of Trackable Airmail, which ships within 2 weeks and is trackable, compared to the standard surface mail that would typically take 3+ weeks and does not include a tracking feature.
To upgrade, simply add the amount specified in the pricing table, and let us know through the message function. We will then follow up with a confirmation.
In the future, we are hoping to find distributors in overseas countries, such as the USA, UK, Australia, etc, for faster and cheaper distributing in overseas countries.
If you are interested to be a distributor, or would like to enquire about bulk order pricing, please do drop us a message and we will be happy to discuss any collaboration opportunities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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