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Rainbow Pencils are made from recycled paper and let you create beautiful paper rainbows every time you sharpen them.
Rainbow Pencils are made from recycled paper and let you create beautiful paper rainbows every time you sharpen them.
Rainbow Pencils are made from recycled paper and let you create beautiful paper rainbows every time you sharpen them.
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Universal Rainbow

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Dear Rainbow starters, it's been a while!

After 2 years in development, we've just launched our brand new project on kickstarter; PLANET PINS!

Hand-painted solar system stationery
Hand-painted solar system stationery

 

 

 

 

 

  

"The Moon" - concrete push pin
"The Moon" - concrete push pin

 

 

  

There are discounted and limited reward-tiers, so please check them out before they're snapped up.

Duncan & Nozomi xx

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Rainbow Sushi

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Dear Dream Team,

I have exciting news! ... After 2 years in development, I've just released my brand new project on kickstarter, SOY SHAPE!

 

These dishes take advantage of the natural colour gradation that occurs in soy sauce at shallow depths to give the illusion of three-dimensional shapes once filled.

There are two types, impossible 'triangle' & 'cubes', and they're made in Japan!

 

There are discounted and limited reward-tiers, so please check them out before they're snapped up. Thanks for viewing, reading, sharing and pledging!

Duncan x

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full-colour half year

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Dear backer-gang,

My last update was 6 months ago, so I've rounded up a bunch of stuff I've been working on into a tidy update. Hope you like it!

Rainbow pencils remain alive and kicking two and a half years after you legends got them off the ground. Here's some of the #RainbowPencils I've been posting on instagram :

Nozomi quit her old job at the beginning of this year and is now working with me full time as studio manager. In an effort to boost our wholesale business within Japan, we exhibited at Extra Preview #12 in Tokyo :

Although we got a lot of good feedback from visitors at the show, the follow-up response (in terms of actual orders) wasn't as great as we'd hoped for. BUT, we did meet a really cool buyer from “Tsutaya Electrics Futakotamagawa” who have since put together a dedicated “Duncan Corner” in their store :

Last year I did a Pecha Kucha presentation (20 slides x 20 seconds each) where I talked about my RealBoy push pin project. It went well and the organisers were kind enough to make it international "Presentation of the Day" on their website too!

Although all of the original sets of RealBoy's have sold out, this year I found a few left-over and decided to paint and release 7 x super limited "GOLD" versions. At time of writing, there's only 2 left! ^^

In January, McDonalds Japan commissioned me to create six posts for their brand new instagram feed (@McDonaldsJapan).

It was a great achievement to collaborate with such a well known brand and to be asked to create a few 'signature' creations. The brief was very loose. The content just had to be 'creative' and relatable to the brand in some way.

I chose to produce two sets of three videos/animations which you can check out "in action" on my instagram page (@_dshott). Here's my favourite, "Hover-Thru" :

paper "props" I used for my McDonalds collaborations
paper "props" I used for my McDonalds collaborations

And finally, I've been developing a new product which I'm planning to launch on kickstarter soon. Stay tuned... ^^

Thanks for your continued support,

Duncan

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Nice Sticky Rainbow

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Dear Kickstarter Family,

In 2013 I launched Rainbow Pencils, in 2014, Sticky Page Markers. This year I have worked really hard to bring you lovely lot another kickstarter for 2015, and am happy to say it's here...

Introducing the Nice To Meet You Card Case :

check the kickstarter page to see a video of the case working in realtime!
check the kickstarter page to see a video of the case working in realtime!
the 4 types...
the 4 types...
the "orbit" animation
the "orbit" animation
   

There are limited reward tiers, so please have a look before they start to disappear!

Thanks for your continued support, and please share like crazy! ^_^

Duncan

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Instant Rainbow

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Hello everyone and thanks for continuing to follow the story of Rainbow Pencils! ^_^

First off, wanted to let you know I started using instagram late last year. Below you can see a little sample of some of the juicy rainbowness I post. If you like what you see, you're most welcome to follow me here : instagram.com/_dshott

Our first trade show!

Over the past two years, I’ve designed and produced two lines of original design products, both Rainbow Pencils (2013) and Sticky Page Markers (2014) were Kickstarted right here by you guys! Wooo!

Following their launch, our wholesale business has grown gradually and organically, and our stuff now appears in some really cool places across the globe, but we’ve never really pushed this area of the business.

In February, we decided to exhibit with "Active Creators" (as part of Tokyo Gift Show) amongst a collection of 35 other "young, active brands/designers".

It was our first proper trade show, and the first time we had our own exclusive space to exhibit from, so although it was a bit scary at first, it turned out to be super fun and has helped us to stock our products in a lot more Japanese shops.

New Product !!!

During the show, we also launched my latest design, SHOEperhero, a superhero shoehorn. His cape helps you slip your shoe's on in splendid style!

I designed this product in collaboration with Japanese company EntreX Inc. So although it's not a studio original, if you fancy one, you can pick one up at our online shop.

After-show work to do and half-mistakes to make...

I got 5 types of postcards printed for the show (see below, top right). They looked fabulous and people gladly picked them up but I ordered WAY TOO MANY for the 3-day show and still have a big, heavy box of them in the studio. I suppose that can only mean one thing... More events!

Following the show, a few customers asked us to send them a couple of copies of our catalog. Problem was, we didn't have a catalog! I'd been meaning to compose one for ages but just hadn't got round to it. So I only had one option, to power it out in just under a week. The digital copy has proved to be very useful, and the physical, printed copies (that I cut out and staple by hand) are really nice things to have. Feels like a good milestone for the studio.

On our stand, we displayed a load of single Rainbow Pencils, upright in glasses, with a glass of rainbow shavings too. One of our customers asked us to provide displays like this for their 6 stores and I said "Yeh! Yeh! No problem!" without thinking about it too much. Sharpening pencils and making rainbows is a lovely experience, but when you're doing it non-stop until the early hours of the morning it starts to lose it's appeal! ^_^

You might remember from our previous update, we launched a 3-pack type of Rainbow Pencils last year. Unfortunately a huge number of the packages arrived at the studio damaged, covered in glue and dirt. There was no way we could send them to customers like that but just binning them seemed like a waste as the pencils inside were fine and account for the majority of the cost of the product. So instead of asking our manufacturer to give us a full refund, we tried to be understanding and simply asked them to make new boxes, flat pack them and send them to us, so we could pop them up, then swap the pencils over in the studio. Anyway, I had orders (both online shop and wholesale) backed up waiting for the new packages to arrive, but when they did, they arrived printed, die-cut and creased, BUT NOT GLUED! The first message I sent to the manufacturer read simply "Oh My God."

It will come as no surprise to most people that we don't have an industrial gluing machine in our tiny studio, and we didn't have time to wait for a re-re-print either. So our only option seemed to be to go out and buy more than 100 cartridges of glue-tape and pre-fold, glue, assemble, then re-fill and re-pack nearly 5,000 packs by hand, ourselves. It took a very long time but at least we could send them out to customers knowing they were in perfect condition, plus my miffy socks helped me get through the ordeal...

On the TEEV!

As part of a feature on the (Tokyo) MoMA Design Store, Rainbow Pencils were shown on Japanese TV. Check out all our latest press coverage here.

Godzilla Stickers

My little Godzilla illustration first came about whilst designing the Tokyo pack of Sticky Page Markers. After that I decided to make them into stickers too! They're printed in Osaka, Japan and we put one in with every online shop order over £20...

Next things...

I did my first Pecha Kucha talk at MADE IN BRUNEL 2011, which you can watch here. It's a simple but strict presentation-format of 20 slides, each appearing for 20 seconds before changing automatically. The first Pecha Kucha was started in Tokyo in 2003 and now they are hosted in more than 800 cities across the globe.

I'll be doing a Pecha Kucha presentation in Tokyo on the 29th of July. It would be great to see some of you there if you can make it, otherwise look out for it online!

In more exciting news, I am really, really hoping to be able to launch my next project on kickstarter later this year. There's still loads to do and I'm not sure if I can make it in time, but I'm hoping that if I do, you'll be there to support me if you like it! ^_^

Thanks for reading as always,

Duncan x

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