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.
About this project
TheDrawBag is a simple idea that came from three different, yet related things: a love for the classic backpack, a recent move in the bag industry toward the use of paper, and an obsession with writing and sketching on any available surface since high school.
I had the idea of combining these three things when I saw some simple paper backpacks on exhibit at a design expo earlier this year, but realized that no one seemed to be doing the obvious... writing on them!
So I recruited my good friend and fellow artist Pavle to join me, and together we've been able to realize the first part of this process through design, patenting, materials research, prototyping, and testing.
Now we need your help in bringing The DrawBag fully to life!
The DrawBag's exterior is made from a rugged and attractive kraft paper we selected out of many options. This paper is quite thick and strong... and though not waterproof itself, it actually is strong enough to be hand washed. My first impression when seeing and feeling our prototype was that it was a paper version of leather!
The bag's cotton straps are stitched securely to the bag's body, and are easily adjusted with a set of plastic buckles. The current version of the bag uses 25mm shoulder straps, but we will bump this up to 30mm in the final version. You can see a size comparison of this in the prototype gallery above.
The bag closes by rolling down like a paper lunch sack. This rolled section is then secured by two magnetic snaps that keep things from getting too fiddly. The snaps are nicely hidden beneath the flap, keeping the bag's attractive profile and allowing you to cover the entire surface with words or pictures.
The interior lining is made from a durable fabric, which we've tested out by carrying things in the DrawBag as heavy as laptops and books. To be honest, we've imagined the DrawBag primarily as a fun and light bag for expressing yourself, but that doesn't mean it's not capable of functioning as a proper backpack, too! This lining will have a level of waterproofing added in its final version, just to give an extra level of assurance.
Some pockets within the bag (both zippered and open) will be included in the final product to add to its functionality. You can see pictures of these in the prototype gallery.
The marker pocket is also made of durable kraft paper and is stitched into the shoulder strap. Once the campaign is funded and we contact our backers to confirm their order details, you will be able to specify whether you would like the pocket on the right or left side... no, we haven't forgotten what it's like to be left-handed in a right-handed world!
In the campaign pictures and video, we used a small magnetic snap on the pocket (which I actually attached to each bag the night before the photo and video shoot), but in the final design, we will use a simpler flap-and-loop enclosure similar to the one you can see in the prototype gallery.
Our custom marker (included) fits snugly into the pocket and will be ready anytime you need it. Currently, a first batch of samples are being made of these for quality inspection.
To support graduation week where student signatures can be collected, or at an event where connections can be made with others by physically leaving a mark, we are offering the three eye-catching printed designs for the DrawBag seen above.
But we also expected people would use the DrawBag in all kinds of unexpected ways, so we are offering a bare version to serve as a blank canvas for your imagination, too.
If you purchase 50 or more bags during this Kickstarter campaign, you can also choose to customize an original printed design to suit a unique event or purpose. Check out the details of this in the rewards sidebar to the right.
Ultimately, it's up to you how and where to use the DrawBag, and we hope you do!
Please consider partnering with us on Kickstarter as well as sharing this campaign with your friends. You'll be helping make the DrawBag both a reality and what we imagine to be an instant classic!
Risks and challenges
1) We've already tested out nearly two dozen different unbranded markers from various manufacturers before settling on the one that will be included with the DrawBag. I'm kinda picky like that!
As a further step, we will include a custom marker produced with a body color similar to the paper-brown of the bag, and printed with the DrawBag logo. You can see a mock-up of the marker in the prototype images above.
Producing this marker will simply involve a final process of quality inspection to be sure it fits in line with our vision.
2) We would be tremendously pleased with an overwhelming response from the global Kickstarter community, and if this happens, we will be busy in the following months fulfilling all orders and making sure the DrawBag and its custom markers get to our backers in a timely fashion.
The marker manufacturer can make up to 80,000 markers in one month (unlikely we will need that many!) and the total turnaround time from production order to completion of manufacture is one month.The bag manufacturer can make up to 5000 bags in one month (yes, yes, let's make that many!) and the total turnaround time from production order to completion of manufacture is two months.
For this reason, we've indicated a delivery date between October and November. In the happy event that we have more backers than we can produce DrawBags for in that timeframe, we will add adjusted delivery dates for our later backers.
Quite honestly, that would be a great challenge for us to face in our very first Kickstarter campaign!
A single DrawBag in your choice of blank (no printed design) or one of the three screen-printed designs (Draw On This Bag, Sign Me, or Write Here, Write Now). You will be able to specify your choice once the campaign is fully funded.
One DrawBag logo marker in your choice of red, black, or blue ink
If you want to order more than fifty DrawBags, you have the option of selecting any combination of blank or our three printed designs,
You can provide us with a custom, single color design in electronic format (JPG, PNG, or PDF) to print directly onto the bag.
Just multiply the number of bags you want by $25.
Example: If you would like 80 bags total, multiply 80 x $25. Your total pledge would be $2,000 ($25/bag).
You will be able to specify the individual number of blank and/or screen-printed bags you would like once the campaign is fully funded.
Custom designs must be legally reproducible without copyright infringement, and will be reviewed for content and quality with you before printing. If you have any questions or want to propose an idea to us, just contact us for more details!
Equal number of markers in any combo of red, black, or blue ink