Enchanted Book — the truly interactive guest book project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$6,214 pledged of $24,000 goal
backers
By Bridget McGraw
$6,214 pledged of $24,000 goal
backers

What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

4899925d2c817826403ad233ef140f5d original

Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About this project

Background

As a child, Bridget never tired of musing over her parents' wedding book—a beautiful object that took her back to another time. Its embossed ivory-colored cover, card-stock pages, and elegant black and white pictures transported her every time.

Today, every celebration has a throng of guests—armed with mobile phones shooting their own pictures and videos—who then scatter their stories into a jumble of social media (SnapChat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter and so on). The Enchanted Book captures video messages from your guests and contains them in a singular beautiful object.

Progress

The idea for an interactive guest book arose from sorting through stacks of CD-ROMs, external hard drives, and floppy disks when Bridget was searching for images of her son's first birthday party. Using a cardboard box, a littleBits Electronics CloudBit™ and a Radio Shack audio recorder she mocked up a prototype in and afternoon and showed it to anyone who would listen. 

Bridget became absorbed with the idea and she hired an inspired graphic designer and a talented artist—Olivia Lobo Goulart and Natalie Freed, respectively—to help create a prototype. Natalie, creator of The Tide Book, and Rhiannan Alpers, a book artist of the highest calibre, helped design the book's basic structure. Read more about that story on the Enchanted Book's website.

When the time came to create a functioning "alpha" prototype, Bridget called on Laura Schatzkin of Modo Web Design, who successfully coded the web app. The Enchanted Book was favorably received at a wedding reception in July. Now Bridget intends to scale up the project by creating an iPad and Android app.

The Creators

Bridget McGraw

Bridget McGraw has worked in digital media production since the early 1990s. She studied English Literature and Fine Art Photography before landing in New York University's Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP), a graduate program whose mission is "to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies." 

Her career as an educator, creative producer, editor, and project manager has spanned the non-profit, educational, and business sectors. See more at BridgetMcGraw.com or Tumblr.

Currently she works with Derick Lee, an exciting young visionary in San Leandro, CA. PilotCity is creating student technology incubators that demonstrate, prototype, and provide access to work-based learning opportunities. She also heads up the Oakland Chapter of littleBits Electronics

Olivia Lobo Goulart

Olivia Lobo Goulart, is a Graphic & UX Designer, Localization, QA & Music Specialist, working in one of the biggest tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Her portfolio speaks volumes.

Laura Schatzkin

Laura has been in the IT field for more than 20 years and working on websites for 15+. Her business, Modo Web Design, focuses on sites for non-profits and the arts. She's also a visual artist greatly influenced by the beauty of her surroundings in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 The Plan

Currently, the prototype works as a web application. Your support will enable Bridget to hire a coder to create an app that will be available in both Apple iTunes and Google Play stores. 

The long-term goal is to find an angel investor and a co-founder to create this project at scale with modular electronics physically attached to a book structure. The final product will be an elegant blending of pre-industrial bookbinding with the ease and exuberance of 21st-century technology. 

Budget

Half of the budget will go to an app developer to create a robust system to keep track of the precious greetings from your celebrations and commemorations. One quarter of the budget will enable Bridget to hire a UX Designer; this will ensure that the elegance and simplicity of the idea will be reflected in the digital user interface. The remaining quarter of the budget will be spent on materials for the books themselves and fulfilling the Kickstarter orders.

App Development — $12,000
UX Research & Design — $6,000
Bookbinding Materials — $3,000
Kickstarter Fees — $2,000
Reward Fulfillment — $1,000

Timeline

An app of this nature should take about three months to code and thoroughly test. The books and the app will be created concurrently between January and March, 2017. Adding a buffer of approximately one month, the books will ship in May, 2017.

 

Risks and challenges

Creating two native applications will require focus, rigor, and talent. ModoWebDesign, with help from an NYU-ITP colleague Joe Rosen — developer of http://gpssketch.com & http://crayovie.com — can meet this challenge.

Bridget's 20+ years in digital media have taught her (at least) one thing: projects expand. In order to combat potential scope creep, she has chosen to work with people that she knows and trusts. The project will start with a clearly defined project scoping document and the team will stick to it!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Gratitude

    You will receive my gratitude for and acknowledgement of your gift online. Which channel do you prefer? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest?

    Includes:
    • Gratitude
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $18 or more About $18

    Sticky Note Flags

    You will receive a packet of handy sticky note flags. Attach these colorful sticky notes to your books or documents.

    Includes:
    • Sticky Notes
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $54 or more About $54

    Moleskine Journal

    Capture your creative ideas in a traditional Moleskin journal imprinted with the Enchanted Book & Co. logo.

    Includes:
    • Moleskine Journal
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $126 or more About $126

    Flexible USB Hub

    You will receive a 4-port flexible USB hub. The digital age is still wired.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $324 or more About $324

    Enchanted Book (with Android tablet)

    You will receive a beautifully hand-crafted interactive guest book and access to the Enchanted Book app. for one celebration or commemoration. It will include an Android tablet and be ready to use at a wedding, graduation, art opening, funeral, or as a visitor's book in your home.

    Includes:
    • Enchanted Book (with Android tablet)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $522 or more About $522

    Enchanted Book (with iPad Mini)

    You will receive a beautifully hand-crafted interactive guest book and access to the Enchanted Book app for one celebration or commemoration. It will include an iPad Mini and be ready to use at a wedding, graduation, art opening, funeral, or as a visitor's book in your home.

    Includes:
    • Enchanted Book (with iPad Mini)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (25 days)