When we started this Kickstarter campaign, we had one great product. Other than that, we had no idea what we were doing. Thanks to the generous Kickstarter community, that’s all changing. Today, you can go to www.PivotCalendar.com to learn about the latest things we’re up to. We have plans for FREE PDFs, bound planners, and digital versions of Pivot Calendar. Each version will be designed for its particular medium, and all will have our patent-pending concept at their core. So, whenever you want to bypass sifting through the latest retreads of the conventional planner design and go directly to tools that are tested for real planning, go to www.PivotCalendar.com.
PURPOSE OF FUNDS: Above all, funding will serve to get Pivot Calendar in the hands of as many users as possible so we can nurture a user base indefinitely. Secondarily, there are legal and R&D bills to cover and a website to build.
DIMENSIONS: Q1, Q2, Q3 are each 17" tall and 25" wide. Q4 is 17" tall and 26.75" wide, because there is an extra week in 2015.
MATERIALS: Pivot Calendar is printed on a durable, opaque white material. The front side is laminated with a high-performance, clear, dry-erase film that accepts wet-erase and permanent marker inks. The back side is coated with a repositionable adhesive with a peel-away backing (similar to the peel-away backing of a bumper sticker).
On our smartphones and computers, we continuously manage several calendars, record copious notes, and outline plans for multiple projects. Over the years, I’ve tried most of the applications available for these purposes, and a core few are indispensable to me, but there’s one thing technology won’t permit us to do yet. We can’t go BIG. Even on large screens, we can’t comfortably see several months AND see associated details in a single view. For serious planning, we need a clear, intuitive picture of several months. We need to see THE BIG PICTURE.
One year ago, I sat down to design a solution, and I sketched out the layout for Pivot Calendar. The layout was great, but plain large-format paper seemed an impractical material for the design so the project was abandoned.
In August, I picked up the sketch again. It solved so many problems of the old calendar layout, but without the right material, there could be no product. I needed something that was easy to edit and practical to hang. In just a couple weeks I found I material I had never seen before. It had a dry/wet-erase surface that made it easy to edit, and it had a non-marking, self-adhesive backing that made it practical to hang and reposition. I couldn't believe how durable it was. I had no idea such a material existed.
From then to now, it has been a race to apply for patents, choose manufactures, print test-runs, produce a video, and launch a Kickstarter campaign in time to have calendars delivered before the start of the year. We weren’t left with much time to prepare our campaign, but we’re in this for the long-run. If we can reach our goal, we’ll have enough funds to ship out our rewards and prepare to keep printing Pivot Calendar on a quarterly basis indefinitely. This is one of the wonderful aspects of Kickstarter: connecting new ideas with backers to create sustainable tools for the future.
We hope you’ll support our campaign and help others plan the work of the world.
Risks and challenges
We have already produced two short-runs of Pivot Calendar, and our manufacturer has the capacity to scale up to anything the Kickstarter community throws at it. Barring any catastrophic equipment failure at the facility, Pivot Calendar will rollout as promised. The manufacturer has worked with these materials for decades so I do not foresee any breakdowns. The worst-case scenario would be if we were flooded with orders and the latter bulk of shipments is delayed a few weeks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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