About this project
Who we are
Mirth & Co. is a small company started by bookbinder, John Bell, and designer, Shaun Fox. Mirth & Co.'s purpose is to provide products to help people engage with the finer things in life, like the ideas we conceive, the people we love, and the places we inhabit. We have chosen to start with a product that is sacred to all dreamers: the notebook. There are lots of notebooks in the world, but we feel like there is a lack of notebooks that do justice to the things held in their pages.
About our notebooks
There is something special about the things we put on paper, even things as mundane as a grocery list, but what makes a notebook special? A lot. These are the things that make our notebooks special: quality paper made with a good conscience, simple design, and a quality binding made by hand in Austin, Texas, USA. All of the paper in our notebooks is made by French Paper Company, a family-run, American paper mill that makes 100% recycled papers in a factory that is run entirely on in-house hydroelectricity. The paper industry is a dirty industry, and these guys have managed to keep their hands clean in every regard.
We kept the design simple for a reason: the things in your notebook are important to you and good design shouldn't get in the way. We sew our books by hand with linen thread. It's stronger and longer-lasting than staples or high-perforation machine sewing, and more importantly, it pre-loads your notebook with human care and integrity. Who wants their most precious musings to land in a notebook made by a machine at a startling rate in a factory (most likely in a country thousands of miles away)? We don't want that for you.
Our notebooks come in five sizes, all in blue or orange, and the three smallest sizes are available with a buckram (heavy duty book cloth) cover for more rugged users. The paper covers are letterpressed in Austin, and the buckram covers are foil-stamped in Austin. For the interior pages we offer blank and printed dot-grid. No. 3, 6, 8, and 9 notebooks have 48 pages and No. 2 notebooks have 40 pages.
What you are supporting
If you choose to help fund our project, you are essentially pre-ordering our notebooks (and some other neat things as a bonus). We will use these funds to purchase materials, some necessary tools, and the printing to produce your notebooks. We have tried to make our rewards as straightforward as possible, centered almost entirely around the notebooks themselves. The more you give to our campaign, the larger the number and variety of notebooks you will receive. Consider funding at the higher levels to receive our entire product line and notebooks to share with your friends, co-workers, and gift recipients!
About the posters
We designed two posters just for this Kickstarter campaign. They are both screenprinted in Austin on heavy French Paper stock. Make sure to specify which poster you want!
The orange poster contains 42 drawings of random people drawn by John Bell. Who are these 42 people? It doesn't matter; they are beautiful people we should try to appreciate for their humanity. This poster is 18"x24" and screenprinted on Pop-Tone paper from French.
The blue poster is for people who want to be reminded of an age-old battle cry: to make war on mediocrity. Hang it above your desk and behold as you lay waste to everything less than the best! If not, at least it will look cool. This poster is 24"x6" and screenprinted on Construction paper from French.
REWARD OPTIONS (to be defined in a survey when we're funded):
- COVER STOCK: Blue or Orange paper, or Buckram (if applicable)
- INTERIOR PAGES: Plain or Dot-grid
- POSTERS: Orange design or Blue design
Risks and challenges
As is the case with every human endeavor, there is always the possibility of some hiccups along the road. We have made our best effort to ensure that everything will go as planned within the dictated time frame. Fortunately, there are not that many moving parts in the production of our notebooks. We have every guarantee of prompt service from the vendors leading up to the actual binding (paper and printing) and have done our best to project the timeframe for construction in multiple scenarios. In the unfortunate event of a significant delay in our production schedule (a paper backorder or printing problems), we will be entirely transparent with our plan B to ensure that you receive your rewards as close to the plan A time frame as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Many people have asked about the weight of the paper in these notebooks and how they will handle various media. In choosing the paper weight of the interior pages in these books, we had to weigh a number of factors and preferences. We chose a medium weight paper that provides the best answer to the largest number of these concerns. Choosing an especially heavy paper would satisfy all media, but it would do so at the expense of the number of pages we could elegantly sew together. Choosing a thinner paper to fit even more pages would have provided a less desirable paper for more media. All this to say, our paper will serve most pens, pencils, and other media very well, but if you always use heavy markers or particularly thick-nibbed fountain pens, you may have an issue with bleed through. If this is a concern for you, take heart to know that in the future we will likely offer at least our larger notebooks with a heavier paper option if that is your thing!
Yes! In the beginning of our campaign we did not, and that is why it says "ships within the US only" under all of our rewards. Unfortunately, we cannot edit that now, but if you add $17 to your pledge, we will ship internationally. Thanks!
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