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All-in one homemade notebook: blank pages that can be transformed into ruled or squared ones on demand.
All-in one homemade notebook: blank pages that can be transformed into ruled or squared ones on demand.
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PLAIN RULED SQUARE, VERSATILE NOTEBOOKS.

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🔩 About the product 🔩

PLAIN RULED SQUARED 

Handmade notebooks with a twist! 

Transform these notebooks blank pages into ruled or squared ones on demand, thanks to a template provided within each notebook! 

How many times have you wondered about going for blank pages, ruled or square and at the end the choice you have made did not quite fit into your work flow?

With PLAIN RULE SQUARED notebooks this problem will not exist anymore! these notebooks come with blank paper pages that can be laid over a ruled and squared printed template that will guide your writing or sketching through the blank paper. 

Front view
Front view
Back view
Back view
What's in the package
What's in the package
Internal blank pages
Internal blank pages
Ruled side.
Ruled side.
Squared side.
Squared side.

📜📜UPGRADED GRID DESIGN📜📜

These past weeks I have upgraded the grid design with visual reference to create perspective and axonometric drawings, as well as giving much clearer guidelines for you creative process.

Upgraded RULED  grid, from 4mm to 6mm spacing.
Upgraded RULED grid, from 4mm to 6mm spacing.
Upgraded SQUARED grid, from 4mm to 6mm spacing.
Upgraded SQUARED grid, from 4mm to 6mm spacing.
Early prototype showing the merge of two different representational techniques in one template!
Early prototype showing the merge of two different representational techniques in one template!

Introducing different perspective techniques, drawn by using PLAIN RULED SQUARED template:

One point perspective using the new template  design.
One point perspective using the new template design.
One and two points perspective
One and two points perspective
Three and four points perspective
Three and four points perspective

Beyond the grid and perspective, PLAIN RULED SQUARED template can be used in different ways, such as to define your new signature style, draw the logo for your brand or simply proportion your sketching:

Because a grid is a structure to free your creative expression.
Because a grid is a structure to free your creative expression.

📜📜QUALITY NOT QUANTITY📜📜

The paper which I chose to make PRQ to start with is G.F.Smith.

I have been carefully selected the paper that makes #PLAINRULEDSQUARED notebooks so special from one of my favourite producers.

#PLAINRULEDSQUARED is made by two different kind of papers. 

The cover is made with a higher weight paper, that gets extra-pressed to produce a thinner sheet with a high-resolution leather texture finishing. This elegant solution allows the cover to be resistant and light, without compromising on flexibility.

Internal pages are crafted with a strong grained paper, that is able to contain ink bleeding while having translucent properties. 


🎮 How can you use it 🎮

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🦄 Why different 🦄

*** All papers used are produce in the U.K. by a high quality paper smith***  


Product features and picture list:

1-Versatility: move from sketching to text writing to geometrical drawing in one page thanks to blank paper pages that can be easily rearranged by using the provided ruled/squared template. 

Grid snaps
Grid snaps

2-Never miss a thing: archive your work on your computer by removing staples, cover and place the pages into A4 size scanners. Suitable from domestic to office scanners (flatbed or document feeder slot).

3-Organise and never get confused again: divide your thoughts or projects into different notebooks, colour code them (thanks to a wide ranger of colours and textures - that will follow up) and carry only the one you need around with you. 

More colours and papers to come
More colours and papers to come

4-Lightweight and compact: A5 (21x15cm) portable size and light weight, will not add up too much space in your bag.

 COMPUTER AGENDA AND NOTEBOOK ON TOP PICTURE // SHOW COMPACT


💝Rewards explained:💝

-£1 // Advantage Customer

A BIG THANK YOU! Newsletter + special offers and discounts: Be the first one to know about special events and discount.

Single notebook reward
Single notebook reward

REWARD A: (Limited offer only)

-£7 // Taster pack - 1 Notebook (EARLY BIRDS ONLY)

1XA5 Cahier 60pp ink-resistant blank pages + ruled/squared template included

Shipping speed: 3 to 5 working days

Shipping fees; Uk: £4 // EU: £6 // USA: £9 


REWARD B: 

-£10 // Taster pack - 1 Notebook 

2XA5 Cahiers 60pp ink-resistant blank pages + ruled/squared template included

Shipping speed: 3 to 5 working days

Shipping fees; Uk: £4 // EU: £6 // USA: £9 

Double reward notebooks
Double reward notebooks

REWARD C: 

-£18 // Taster pack - 2 Notebooks

1XA5 Cahiers 120pp ink-resistant blank pages + ruled/squared template included

Shipping speed: 3 to 5 working days

Shipping fees; Uk: £4 // EU: £6 // USA: £9 

Triple reward notebooks
Triple reward notebooks

REWARD D: 

-£27 // Taster pack - 3 Notebooks 

3XA5 Cahiers 180pp ink-resistant blank pages + ruled/squared template included

Shipping speed: 3 to 5 working days

Shipping fees; Uk: £4 // EU: £6 // USA: £9 


When?⏰ 

 **Please note that items might be shipped and delivered before June 2019, according to production speed and postal service.

Timeline from the end of the campaign: stocking, production, quality check, shipping date and expected delivery date
Timeline from the end of the campaign: stocking, production, quality check, shipping date and expected delivery date

😓How was it born?😓 

This project was born from my need  to use a more versatile notebook that could assist better my creative thinking. I used to stuck with one paper type notebook, often too expensive and not totally suitable for the purposed I intended to use it for. 

I found myself testing and buying different notebooks, ranging from between all kinds of prices. Having tried many sizes, materials and paper, I came to the conclusion that what was really important to me was to have a double-sided notebook, light, compact, strong, ink resistant,  and easy enough to disassemble in order to be scanned  and archived. 

 PLAIN RULED SQUARED was my solution to the problem! 

👌Where is it produced? 👌 

Plain, Ruled, Squared is a fully hand made British product. Both paper and processing are done in the U.K. within train distance from my studio, so that I can personally control the quality both during production and before shipping. I work in direct contact with producers and suppliers, as we both bring our expertise together in the creation of this product. 

⚒️Tolerance and fabrication⚒️

Every notebook is hand made,  so that every mistake becomes a sign of uniqueness. Every notebook will be personally controlled by myself prior to its shipping, to check and guarantee that each product quality is suitable for retailing.

📢About the campaign:📢

This is my first Kickstarter and it is a part of Quickstarter, a format of campaigns designed by Oscar Lhermitte

Campaign criteria are:

  • Designing, prototyping and manufacturing should not take longer than 3 months. 
  • The product has to be launched on Kickstarter.
  • The campaign has to be under 30 days.
  • The funding goal has to be below £1 000.
  • The reward has to be offered under £20. 
  • The video has to be shot in 1 day with a smartphone.

Want to launch a Quickstarter too? Feel free to do so!

💣Where is the brand at:💣 

I AM READY TO GO! The main concept has been thought and tested. Paper supplier and manufactures have been already selected and found. Costs and shipping have been already calculated, and dummies have been produced to check feasibility with producer's machines and to test final quality. 

I am currently working on a second generation of products, to expand colours, formats and special editions!

💰What you will contribute to:💰 

Your contribution will help me producing the first batch of notebooks and to put an initial finance foundation for the development of a second generation of products.

So far, I have financed everything myself, and dedicated a lot of time and personal resources to the development of this small brand. I would like RULED PLAIN SQUARE to become a successful business, by reaching a stable base of sales/orders and product knowledge. This is where YOUR support is essential, to sponsor and to be my first customers and spreading the word around! 

🛫Help me to spread the word🛫

Please help me to spread the word and make it possible by telling your relatives, friends, or persons that have a similar frustration as I did!

🌲Environment🌲

All the paper used is from 100% acid-free paper and 100% recyclable and sourced from responsible forests, according to EU regulations.

Risks and challenges

😱Risk and challenges😱

I used the #quickstarter format to challenge myself and go out of my student mindset into real world production. During these month I have learnt a lot about all the factors that usually are not considered in university, such as costs and feasibility. Especially I leaned about compromising my ideas for the reality of facts. For a designer, it is never easy having to change his "ego-topistic" approach. From this project, I understood that I can learn from products and especially to give them what they need the most to come alive and become useful to people. This taught me how much it is important to always carefully consider that our ideas are never realised at the expense of the product, and that the user is always the focus of the design.
My challenge now is to develop this knowledge into a business.
The risk of this project are both related to the production, timing and value of the product.
Being a serious and responsible professional, I am aware of what is the risk of both meeting and not meeting people expectations. Considering that not everything will probably run smoothly, I set myself a realistic time to deliver the product in your hands. I worked in retail before and I know exactly how crucial a trust relationships with customers and retailers, the same I aim to achieve with my customers.
I am used to work on tight deadlines and deliver the requested parameters. I did all my best to work this product through. I also found different back-up producers that will replace the main one in case there will be any problem.
I am fully aware that this adventure it is not easy and finished yet, and especially that might not go according to the plans, and I might not meet the necessary founds to start. This will not stop me from continuing onto my path, learn from my mistakes, and evolve!
Finally, My personal satisfaction would be knowing that other persons like me share the same problem, and this solution might help them to achieve better results.

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