UPDATE - STRETCH GOAL REACHED!
New pledge levels are now available that include new sticker sets with letters & numbers.
If you'd like to get hold of the new Letters & Numbers sets then check out the new reward levels.
The Sticker Project aims to bring you beautiful little stickers to help you identify all the gadgets and gizmos in your life.
These days we all have so many plugs and cables - around the home, the office, even the car. But they often all look very similar and that can be annoying.
Have you ever found yourself under your desk or behind your TV trying to work out which plug is which?
I wanted to find a solution to this problem but couldn't find anything that didn't suck. So I came up with these little round stickers with icons on for all of your stuff.
The icons are for home appliances like kettles, fridges and lights, and also gadgets like your laptop, smart phone and tablet.
This is the full set of stickers I'd like to produce with your backing.
Stretch goal - letters and number set:
Because there are different styles of plugs in different countries I've tested the stickers on all sorts of plugs so they should work on most plugs worldwide.
The stickers come together on A5 sheets and each sticker is 15 mm in diameter. They are self-adhesive, with a hard-wearing polycarbonate coating, and easy to peel off. They will be printed locally in England.
There will be two versions - one designed for black plugs and one for white plugs. The icons are opaque though, so any sticker could actually go on any coloured plug.
On each sheet there are 88 icons which should be about right for a smallish house or apartment.
A full list of the icon descriptions can be found on the Sticker Project website.
Plugs are the ideal use for the stickers, but they can also be used to identify switches, ports on a computer, cables on a hi-fi system, or whatever else you can think of.
They're perfect for office or home use, particularly if you have lots of visitors. If you have an apartment or room on Airbnb or onefinestay then the stickers could be ideal!
I've made various prototypes, but to get this project up and running, and to make these stickers a proper product, I need to raise some money to get the first print run set up. To make this viable I need to do a first run of at least 1,000 sheets.
Since I'll be using digital printing, the set-up costs for the actual printing are quite reasonable. The biggest initial expense will be to make the tooling which will kiss-cut the stickers into nice easy-to-peel circles. There will also be some cost for for the materials needed for the first print run.
I have quotes from a printing company in the UK and if I succeed on Kickstarter I can give them the go-ahead straight away. They are the only suppliers for this project so the project plan is pretty straightforward.
Other than that, I will just need to buy envelopes for shipping and arrange fulfillment.
Material: The icons are digitally printed onto self-adhesive labels with 50 micron polycarbonate overlam.
I wanted to keep things simple with the original idea, but if things go well with the campaign I'd love to do more. If there's interest from backers I would like to do a set of letters and numbers. The stickers would be the same size and round style, but offer more options for personalisation and specific identification of things.
I have plenty of other ideas for different sticker sets so who knows what will happen next if this project is successful!
I'm Rob Hallifax and I live in London where I like making things. Basically, I wanted stickers like this for myself, so the Sticker Project was born.
This is my second Kickstarter project. This was the first which, as you can see, is rather different but I learnt a lot from that campaign, had a lot of fun along the way, and met some great people.
Thanks too to all my friends and family who have given feedback so far. I must also express my appreciation to the backers from my first Kickstarter campaign who gave me the support and encouragement to make me want to do it all again!
High-res images and press info can be found on The Sticker Project website here.
Risks and challenges
This is a relatively straightforward project. Shipping these beautifully flat products is going to be a delight compared with my previous Kickstarter project!
I don't see any major technical risks, just the usual things about the stability of suppliers. I have chosen a local supplier in the UK so that makes it all easier.
In the worst case, if I lost the supplier for some reason, I believe that a backup supplier could be found relatively easily as the product is not particularly complex.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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