About this project
What people are saying about Biblio
"I think you've got one of the best pitch movies I've seen up on kickstarter yet."—T. S. Backer of the Biblio iPhone and iPad Combo.
If you're itching to stylishly transport that new iPad or maybe an iPhone or MacBook Air or Pro, check out the lovely "Biblio" handmade covers offered by George Aye and David Hull. The sweetness is in the campaign video"—Gapersblock.com
Biblio is a new line of sleeves for the urban scholar, proudly designed and made in Chicago. Inspired by long-forgotten ribbon book bags, these handmade wool felt cases protect your precious belongings while making them readily accessible at a moments notice.
When designing Biblio, we found our inspiration from a time when our modern day devices were not so modern—when books were the latest mobile technology. Hence the name Biblio. But when we noticed that our ribbon pull tab could work for many different situations, we knew we could design a range of solutions for the modern-day, urban scholar. Biblio sleeves are the first products from our insight.
Simply insert your book (or modern day equivalent) in Biblio and the ribbon pull tab gracefully retracts into the sleeve. When you're ready, simply pull on the ribbon pull tab for a smooth, quick presentation of your device.
Biblio is available in a choice of ribbon colors: lime green, canary yellow, orange orange and stealth black. The felt sleeve always remains light grey (outer layer) and white (inner layer).
Biblio is now available on Kickstarter with pre-sale pricing to help us launch the Biblio brand, with a modest target of $5000.
Your support will help us pay for setting up manufacturing of Biblio in Chicago, ensuring a local investment in quality and craftsmanship. Post Kickstarter campaign, your support will help us create an e-commerce site and web-presence to get Biblio into more people's hands. Lastly, it will help us invest in future exploration of new product launches.
Each reward tier includes $5 for shipping within the US. Backers wishing to ship to Canada and other international locations, an additional $10-15 will be requested post campaign.
Design and manufacturing details
Biblio sleeves are made from several components. The sleeve itself is made from a sandwich of two layers of 100% wool felt sourced with the outer layer from the USA (Michigan) and the inner layer from Germany. The nylon pull tab is made from a seat belt maker in the USA (Seattle). Each Biblio is hand made and machine stitched in Chicago. All design and prototyping was made in Chicago.
After many rounds of prototyping and an open dialog with our local manufacturing partner, we feel confident that this project will be completed on time and your rewards will ship promptly.
Inspired by the hundreds of projects that designers have demonstrated on Kickstarter, we decided that the best way to give back to that inspirational well was by launching a campaign ourselves.
As strong believers in first-hand experiences, we set our expectations low but our ambitions high and set out to learn what it takes turn a conversation into a product. To go from a sketch to a paper prototype, to place an order for yards of fabric, to make production drawings, and then find and work with a master craftsman who could turn our ideas into a working prototype. And then finally go through the excitement of producing a kickass video.
We learnt tons: what it was like to work together, what it takes to launch a Kickstarter campaign and how to tell a simple story about design and manufacturing. Even though this is a simple product, the whole endeavor has taken about three times longer than expected, but easily three times more fun than we thought possible.
About the designers
George Aye has designed products for over 12+ years and has been an entrepreneur since 2005 when he co-founded Hubwear, an apparel company for the urban traveler. Again with his wife in 2011, he co-founded Greater Good Studio an innovation consultancy that uses design methods to solve social problems.
David Hull is currently completing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He brings with him 5 years of experience as an industrial designer. His work can be seen at David Hull Design.
George Aye + David Hull.
Individual product photography of Biblio
Biblio for iPhone
Biblio for iPad
Biblio for MacBook Air 11" and 13", MacBook Pro 15". Shown here is a MacBook Air 13" version.
Big shout out to Craighton Berman and Scott Wilson for inspiring us with their original Kickstarter projects. Thanks for doing Kickstarter before it was cool. Also thanks to Michael Kiser and Hillary Schuster for giving us the use of their beautiful home for all the product photography. Lastly, a shout out to my wife Sara Cantor Aye and my baby Sophie (who makes a quick cameo) for your unwavering support.
Music used in the video is called, "Big Chief", by Professor Longhair.
High-definition copy of campaign video is hosted on vimeo below:
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