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David Malki ! of Wondermark and Jason Lioi of Dapper Devil are proud to bring you:

Choose one (or more) of our 8 designs, and we’ll send you a framed, ready-to-hang piece of distinctive wall art! 

 

Framed artwork made with lasers! Each piece is hand-assembled in our Los Angeles workshop. The square ones are 12×12" and the rectangular ones are 11×17" (plus the frame). You can see exactly how they’re made in our campaign video!

Ready to be your friend.
Ready to be your friend.

These lighthearted designs will brighten any room AND listen to your troubles without complaint. And because they’re made of resin laminate (assembled from cut-out shapes of different colors and textures), they’ll stay bright and colorful for at least 200 years, or so the manufacturer says. Why would they lie?

They’re friends. For your walls.

Or your desk, I suppose.
Or your desk, I suppose.

 

Why these images in particular?

Our eight available designs are adaptations of the eight Inventive Virtues, principles of creativity from Avery Wordsworth’s 1895 essay “Treatise on the Inventive Mind”.

In this largely forgotten work, Wordsworth argues that these 8 aspirational virtues should be cultivated by anyone seeking to lead a creative life.

We have chosen contemporary avatars—simple, iconic, meaningful, and classy—to symbolize each of the 8 virtues.

(It should be mentioned that David has yet to show the actual essay to Jason, or let him see the title of the book he waves around that he claims contains it. Frankly, Jason isn’t convinced that David isn’t just making the whole thing up.)

Each Wall Buddy is meant to be an encouraging reminder of one of the Inventive Virtues. But it can also have whatever meaning you give it! It's yours, do what you want with it!

Here are the 8 designs to choose from:

You have to know a lot, and retain information.
You have to know a lot, and retain information.

 

You have a desire that must be satisfied.
You have a desire that must be satisfied.

 

You have to practice and develop skills.
You have to practice and develop skills.

 

You have to think ahead, and make tactical choices.
You have to think ahead, and make tactical choices.

 *The Chessboard Buddy is fully customizable! We can make any legal OR illegal position. Just add $10.02 to your pledge amount for a custom layout. Check out this project update for full details. 

You have to mix together your skills and interests to make something uniquely yours.
You have to mix together your skills and interests to make something uniquely yours.

 

You have to construct opportunities for yourself.
You have to construct opportunities for yourself.

 

You have to adapt to what luck brings you.
You have to adapt to what luck brings you.

 

You have to generate a lot of crap.
You have to generate a lot of crap.

 

Wall Buddies will arrive at your door fully complete: framed and ready to hang on your wall. Just add a nail or specialty picture-hanging hook!

The frames shown in the pictures above are prototypes. We just bought them off the shelf to use as examples.

But your Wall Buddy will arrive in a custom-made frame, that we’re having manufactured just for this campaign

The goal amount for this campaign is the minimum order amount from our custom frame manufacturer. 

Off the shelf frames are fine, but we want our frames to be special. We’ve been in discussions with frame companies for months, going over various options, to make sure your Wall Buddy will live in a frame that’s suitably meaningful, classy, simple, and iconic.

That's great! Our EIGHT WALL BUDDIES tier is actually also, secretly, an EIGHT OR MORE tier. 

If you want to get 8, then just pledge the displayed amount for that tier.

If you want more than 8, choose that tier, and then in the “pledge amount” field, enter the total price that matches the quantity of Wall Buddies you want:

  • For every additional Wall Buddy (past 8) shipping to the US, add $40 each.
  • For every additional Wall Buddy (past 8) shipping to Canada or anywhere else in the world, add $48 each.

Once the campaign is over and we send out surveys, at that time you’ll be able to specify which specific designs you'd like for your extras.

We plan to ship these Wall Buddies by April 2018. 

After the campaign ends, we’ll send out a survey where you can select which Wall Buddy (or Buddies) you want. Once we have the totals needed for each design, we’ll get to work making them!

Each Wall Buddy is hand-assembled by an Assembly Buddy.
Each Wall Buddy is hand-assembled by an Assembly Buddy.

 

Sure! We both also make other fun things besides Wall Buddies. I know, now that you’ve seen Wall Buddies, it’s hard to imagine that there could be anything else in the world! But rest assured, there is.

David is @malki on Twitter and his website is wondermark.com.

Jason is @dapperdevilllc on Twitter and his website is dapperdevil.com.

Our video was shot by Chun Ming Huang, edited by David, and uses music by Kevin McLeod under Creative Commons BY 3.0.

Risks and challenges

We're both seasoned professionals, with collectively 20+ years of experience making our living by creating custom fun stuff for our fans & customers.

For this project, we've spent months prototyping, corresponding with suppliers, and planning out our production and fulfillment strategy. We both have a strong commitment to providing you with a high-quality and enjoyable product that is as good or better than promised.

We are relying on outside suppliers for two things to make the Wall Buddies: laminate material and frames.

The laminate is widely available in wholesale channels, so if one supplier runs out, there are other options.

We are planning on having a frame factory custom make our frames specifically for this project, but if that doesn't work out for any reason, we have local suppliers who can provide us with suitable frames off the shelf.

We've generously estimated our April delivery date to take into account expected delays around the holidays and with other projects. If this campaign is WILDLY SUCCESSFUL BEYOND ALL LOGIC, some backers will have to be the ones getting theirs last, but in that case we will likely bring on extra staff to help assemble frames faster!

In any event, our experience allows us to feel fully confident there is extremely low risk of catastrophic failure.

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