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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 3 2014
$1,132
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
37
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 3 2014

About

A perfect medium designed for all truly washable markers, crayons and pens.

It's TYVEK from DuPont. Let's save some trees!

http://www.letterforms.org

Have Fun With Crayola Washable Markers

 
Letterforms is an environment friendly, functional and re-usable expressive medium. 100% made in USA and finished in California. You'll love the minimal design!
 
 

Why letterforms?

More than 75% of the content we scribble everyday ends up in the trash. Most of the drawings done by kids sadly ends up in the trash as it is impossible to store everything. Even though we may take a picture of their drawing using a digital device, the physical medium (paper) doesn't last for years. Students always look for papers to practice subjects like math but most of the time, the paper and the content lasts only for days. Professionals at workplace take down notes, action items, brainstorm ideas and doodle using a paper but once the content is translated to a digital device, the physical content is not required anymore. In other words, most of the content written in a notebook is for daily and short term use. More than the content, your priceless physical touch on the paper also ends up in the recycle bin. There is no perfect medium designed for washable makers and crayons.

So, why not a medium which is as simple as paper but reusable that can last for years and totally washable. So we designed a medium that supports all truly washable marker pens.

*Washable markers are available at all retails stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, Staples, Office Max and other Art stores.

The Concept

The idea is to offer re-usable expressive medium which can trigger emotions on daily basis.

I am Venkat Yuvaraj, founder of letterforms and my mission is to provide an environment friendly, functional and re-usable design based expressive medium. Engage students with a portable erasable medium that allows them to explore subjects like mathematics, biology, chemistry or writing all at their desks with their own personal and portable letterforms.

letterforms allows you to express your ideas on a re-usable medium over and over without creating any ghost effect. letterforms bridges the gap between pen/paper and digital, through a medium from TYVEK, DuPont.   It allows you to sketch your designs or notes as you normally would on a paper and then just a single spray of water makes the medium brand new again in seconds. Expressing your ideas had never been easier and cleaner until now.

Letterforms is based in California, in the SF bayarea and is committed to keeping as much of the sourcing, printing, and finishing in the US as much as possible.

Why wet-erase and why not dry-erase?

Dry erase boards are usually blank, white, costly and bulky. Even the dry erase markers manufactured specifically for dry erase boards creates the "ghost effect" ultimately reducing the quality and value of "re-use". Dry erase medium doesn't support ultra fine pens and doesn't create the natural writing effect. Dry-erase method limits the possibilities of using various other pens/markers and demands only special marker pens. The dry-erase markers cannot be used on paper and the thickness of the inks are not suited for viewing at short and close range. Dry-erase markers (at least most) has a chemical odor/fumes that are found allergic among children. Dry erase markers prevent children in having have fun as it is tough to remove the Dry erase marker stains from clothes. Due to the physical properties of dry erase sheets, the edges of sheets are usually sharp and not safe for children. The chemical odor strength of Dry-Erase Markers are pretty strong for children and students considering the breathing distance. On other hand, washable pens are always clean and environment friendly. Please read more on Health issues related to Dry Erase Markers at Problems Using Dry Erase Markers.

Our Customers

For anyone who love the simplicity of paper and pen. See what you can do with Crayola Washable Markers and other Washable marker pens.

Children

This will be a fun medium for children who love to play with washable markers and crayons. Go creative with brushes and washable marker pens without any paints.

Students

A learning tool for students to practice their math test over and over without looking for a paper. Doodle when you are get bored. Checkout how this medium can be used as sketch tool to remember academic content unconsciously and with fun. 

Business Professionals

A planning tool with the same simplicity as paper to plan your presentations. Keep it simple during your 1:1 conversations to explain workflows and business process. A brainstorming medium for your next great idea. Go green.

Creatives

If you are a sketch artist or coming up with a great product idea, a perfect medium to perform several iterations before you take your idea into a digital device. 

Parents

If you are a parent who believe drawing, sketching, doodling, designing can improve your child creativity, just throw some Crayola washable marker pens to trigger their emotions.

For more ideas please visit, www.letterforms.org/lifestyle.html

The Kit (What you get?)

Letterforms Expressive Medium Kit Includes:

  • 2 Letterforms Mediums (8.5 x 11 Inch)
  • Stabilo Point 68 Art Pens (2 QTY)
  • 8 ML Water Sprayer
  • Re-usable Wipe Cloth (8x8 Inch)
  • Magnetic Letterbox Enclosure (9x12x1 Inch)

Designed and Printed in U.S.A

  • Raw materials will be supplied from Las Vegas (Authorized distributer).
  • Printing done locally in SF Bayarea, California.
  • Machine cut done locally in SF Bayarea.
  • All shipments will be fulfilled from Fremont, California

The Kit

 
 
2 DESIGN MEDIUMS (8.5 x 11 Inch):
 
1 CLASSIC (For Washable  ColorInks)

ATARI (For Washable Black Inks)

Stabilo Pens - 68 Point
With their sturdy bullet tips and brilliant, intense color, these fiber tip pens are perfect for layout detail and sketching. The odorless water-based ink will not bleed. It also will not dissolve toner or ink of permanent markers. Pens can be left without their cap for 24 hours without drying out.

2 Stabilo Pens (Point 68)

Water Sprayer - 8 ml

 Reusable Wipe Cloth - 8 x 8 Inch

 TYVEK®from DuPont®

Delivering a rich, velvety finish that’s easy to print, with excellent drapeability and durability. It can be recycled at centers that recycle flexible high density polyethylene (HDPE) products—a meaningful advantage for today’s environment. In addition, it has low memory, which helps resist creases, curls and wrinkles. Additionally it is light weight to help reduce shipping costs, tear- and puncture-resistance, recyclability, weather-resistance and fade-resistance (from UV-curable print technology)

Tear Strength and Puncture Resistance. It's TYVEK from DuPont.

The base medium is made from Tyvek material. Tyvek is water resistant, yet breathable, virtually the strongest envelope available – offering superior protection from punctures, tears and moisture. Tyvek is known for it's incredible strength, industry-tested, durability, and versatility. Tyvek is recyclable.
 

How does it work?

1) Write

Write using the pen that comes with the kit or use any washable marker pens.

2) Spray water

Hold the spray at a distance as the medium doesn't need lot of water. Spray once. Just a little dampness should get the job done.

3) Wipe

Just wipe using the cloth which is included in the kit. No ghost effect

Sketching made easy


Thin as paper

  Smooth flow - Wet Erase Marker (Vis-A-Vis)

Solve complex problems

It may be a simple math problem or a great product idea you are trying to solve, with a simplistic and an easy to erase medium like letterforms you are always encouraged to make mistakes which is a key in solving problems. If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.  

Hello Doodlers! 

Everyone loves doodling and with letterforms medium, just with a single spray of water it is brand new again for your next doodle. It's portable so you can carry anywhere, anytime.

A study tool

Our brain can do complex calculations and can think beyond galaxies but it can also forget a phone number. Our brain is that strange. You need a medium where you can try translating keywords into shapes with your drawing, designing or doodling skills which makes it easier to remember textual content than simply highlighting or taking notes.

Learn more at http://www.letterforms.org/lifestyle.html#studytool

Practice made easy

Most of the times, your idea needs several iterations before it makes a way to your digital device. With letterforms, a blank fresh space is always available when you need it.

Let's play a game. 

Change the medium instantly from your homework session to a gameboard for a tic-tac-toe or hangman and all without looking for a paper.

Supports washable marker pens

*Crayola Washable marker pens recommended

Ink Compatibility

  • All washable Ink pens and marker pens (Some are not truly washable like Crayola even though they claim washable)
  • All washable Crayons 
  • Paper Mate Flair Pens
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens, ABT 443 (Grey shades okay)
  • Expo Vis-A-Vis Wet Erase Black Marker
  • Stabilo Point 68 Pens (This comes with the kit) 
  • Crayola Washable Marker Pens (Recommended)
  • Expo Dry Erase Washable Markers (Not that good as Crayola but black color is okay)

Please visit http://www.letterforms.org/about.html for more information.

Water Resistant

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It's Environment Friendly

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Printing

Printing will be done using a high-speed digital UV inkjet press that represents a true alternative to analog equipment. Innovative imaging technology driven by the Orion OS software platform delivers critical color accuracy and consistency your customers' demand with the productivity and digital efficiencies you need.

Fully-Loaded Production-Level, LED Printer

Delivers stunning Point-of-Purchase graphics with high image quality. Satisfies customer requests for a greener print solution. Increases up time and productivity, while decreasing maintenance costs. Drives down operating costs with decreased power consumption and lower hard costs. Reduces waste with consistent color output and simple operation. Comes with fewer parts and improved reliability standards for less errors and easier troubleshooting.


Your contribution

All your contribution will be used to fulfill the first order on the raw materials, printing and the design kit. I have squeezed myself to complete the patent process, initial design and the prototype and now I need your help for the real production. I am sure you would agree that doodling, brainstorming, sketching and expressing ideas are good for nurturing creativity and with a reusable medium, you are always encouraged to make mistakes which is a key factor for creativity.

FAQ

Can I use Dry erase or permanent markers?

No. Our mediums works like a charm with Washable Markers pens like Crayola washable markers, Stabilo, Black Paper Mate fine art pens and all other washable pens as a single drop of water would get the job done. The medium will accept any inks but the wipe cloth when wet with water will work only for washable art pens.

Why the water sprayer is so small ?

The sprayer can hold 8 ml of water which is a lot actually for a 8.5 x 11 inch area. Just a single spray onto the medium is more than enough to clean the complete sheet using the sponge and using the same dampness from the sponge you can use again to wipe the medium.

How long these pens will last ?

Stabilo Art pens are one of the finest affordable art pens which works like a charm even after 3 years of idle time. The ink itself will lasts for about 1000 meters. These pens can be used on paper as well.

Can I use other color markers ?

Even though most of the markers said to be "washable" they tend to stay even after running water. Currently, the focus is to provide a medium to express thoughts and ideas using washable black ink pens. Saturated colors behaves little different from the classic black pens. We recommend using Crayola washable marker pens and other black ink washable pens but other colors may be used depending on the manufacturer. Please send us an email so we can test on our side before you try.

READY FOR BUSINESS

Simplify your life at workplace using letterforms as there is more room now to explore ideas, sketch your meetings, presentation and workflows with a simple analog approach. Even though you may create your visuals and display them when you deliver your presentation, the act of connecting to an audience - to persuade, sell, or inform - is very much analog. Let's go green.

READY FOR EDUCATION

Sadly, most of the worksheets written by students ends up in the recycle bin as students all over the globe continue to communicate and practice in the old-fashioned way. Now with letterforms, students can practice any number of times year over year without trashing a single piece of paper and without any mess. Students of all ages can continue to learn the way they want in a much simpler way.

Know more about letterforms at http://www.letterforms.org or send an email to gatekeeper@letterforms.org

Risks and challenges

Design
The initial prototypes comes with 2 designs. There will be more designs in future based on feedbacks from users. The designs will focus on Typography and Minimalism. We just want to make sure there is a consistency of design and coating as sometime we have noticed that there is a slight variations on close observation.

Production
I'll be using a local printing company for printing who work with companies like Safeway and other big stores. If you have any questions or comments on the medium please send it to gatekeeper@letterforms.org

*Just a note that, the wipe cloth in the screenshots are smaller in size. Based on feedbacks we will be shipping a wipe cloth size of 8 Inches.

Schedule
-Jan: Kickstarter campaign
-Feb: Production/Finalize packaging
-Mar/Apr: Ship

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    More than just "Thank you". Will You Be The Lucky Winner? 2 Backers will be randomly picked once $100 reached on this Pledge. 2 lucky Backers will get a FREE Letterforms Kit. The Kit comes with 2 Stabilo Fine Art Pen, 1 8 ml Water Sprayer, 1 Re-Usable Wipe Cloth. An elegant Magnetic Letterbox included in every shipment.

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