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Unique, eco-friendly sketchbooks for people who believe in drawing.
Unique, eco-friendly sketchbooks for people who believe in drawing.
Unique, eco-friendly sketchbooks for people who believe in drawing.
1,175 backers pledged $52,668 to help bring this project to life.

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Missed the Kickstarter? Now accepting pre-orders here: rskt.ch/presketch

"...inspiring, layered and high quality crafted sketch books." - Forbes
"A sketchbook comprised of random, high-quality reused paper…" - Jason Fried
"Important!" - Harper Reed
"I've got one and it's all I've been using for weeks." - Max Temkin
"Every few pages, discover something new." - Nick D.

Resketch isn't the same old, boring sketchbook you're used to. The mission is simple...

  • Provide a new take on the fundamental building block of creative thinking: a sketchbook that fosters creativity and discovery via a diverse selection of paper types, and simple yet thought-provoking Creative Prompts.
  • Acquire interesting, high-quality reused paper from a variety of non-new sources that would otherwise be destined for a landfill or recycling center
  • Post-Kickstarter, find innovative ways to get Resketch books to people who need them most.

The Resketch books I'll make for this Kickstarter are 7 x 9-inch, between 85-100 pages, and coil-bound with a thick chipboard cover and back.

If this Kickstarter project is successful, I'll know this idea is viable, and I'll be able to produce 1000 total books: 700 standard Resketch books for the $25 backer level, and 300 special-edition Resketch books described below at the $50 level (that includes domestic shipping for each level, by the way).

The funds will be used to find awesome, forgotten paper sitting in warehouses, offices, and recycling bins that is otherwise perfect to use, cutting and sorting equipment, letterpress-print the covers, gather the various components, pay for the production of the final Resketch books, and, of course, pay the artists involved. Oh, and the dreaded postage. Funds cover that, too, which is about $6500 for 1000 books!

If we can hit $50,000, I will provide something new and entirely free-of-charge that speaks to the spirit of Resketch: Access to all of the Creative Prompts!

Open-ended, straight-forward, and incredibly fun...
Open-ended, straight-forward, and incredibly fun...

If we hit this total, ALL previous backers (if you chose an award) will receive a separate, coil-bond volume of the Creative Prompts! That’s all 100 Prompts -- 25 from each of the 4 categories, available in a volume. Normally about 10 of these would be inside each Resketch book, randomly inserted, different from one book to the next. However, this way you can experience ALL of them in one place. Note: Your Resketch book will still have random prompts inside, too.

Keep in mind: This is for Kickstarter ONLY and I’ll never release them like this again.

I hope you like this stretch offer, and if so, please continue to spread the word about Resketch. The higher we go, the more I’d love to do with prompts, interesting paper stock, the expansion of the educational components of Resketch, and much more.

Special-edition artist covers

UPDATE! There have been a number of requests for a new level now that the original Artist Cover level has been depleted. However, those early backers are awesome and special, so I don’t want to make them feel bad. In fact, I want to make them feel GOOD! I think this is a good solution, though I welcome your feedback.

The new $65 Backer Level consists of the following:

  • Laser-engraved covers from new artists! It’s not printed per say, but it’s essentially “one-color” and looks super awesome (check the example photo below for the look and feel of it)
  • The artists? Art Baltazar, Andrew Bell, Chris Ryniak, Mig Reyes, and myself
  • 30 of each cover will be printed, signed and numbered by the artists, so 150 of these are available.
LASERS!
LASERS!

"Huh? More expensive?" you ask. It's true. Two things: The early backers are awesome. You're awesome, too, but they get something special for being earlier than you. Kickstarter, am I right? Second, laser-engraving like this takes FOREVER, especially on a 7 x 9-inch cover.

STRETCH-ISH THING BELOW...

This is the cool part – NEW BACK cover design – designed by myself, inspired by Resketch. This new back cover will be printed and on ALL special-edition Resketch books (so that includes the $50 level automatically). Sorry, not the regular-edition, folks.

Finally, I also added a couple of Resketch book packs. These packs are for the regular edition, not the special edition. Now you can get either a 3- or 5-pack of Resketch books if you want a few, or have a smaller educational group you need them for. Hope this makes it easier for everyone! Thanks again for your support!

While the standard Resketch book is a thing of beauty, I didn't want it to end there. Especially for this Kickstarter, I've enlisted the help of some amazing artists from around the US and Chicago to create art for a limited-edition series of Resketch book covers (30 of each cover, signed and numbered – so 300 total) at the $50 level, all lovingly screen-printed by Jay Ryan and the friendly folks at The Bird Machine. The artists...

Sorry, this level is all gone...
Sorry, this level is all gone...

NORTH AMERICA:

CHICAGO:

Keep in mind these are first-come, first-served. It's a bit tricky since that's not built into Kickstarter, but we'll keep you updated as the project progresses, and promise to come up with a sensible solution. Backers: We'll be in touch about your artist cover choice.


The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Resketch books are made of a bunch of different kinds of interesting paper, each of which providing a different experience. One page is standard white copy paper, the next is thick, textured, gray paper, then sticker paper. Then an odd pattern, or a piece of a map, all interspersed with Prompts. From one page to the next, and from one book to the next, it's never the same experience. This sense of discovery is exactly what I love about it.

Reused paper sourced from a variety of places in Chicago.
Reused paper sourced from a variety of places in Chicago.

Everything will then be put together in a 7 by 9-inch format, and spiral bound with an eco-friendly, black, plastic spiral coil. The binding is on the side, so the book will sit nicely on your shelf once filled. The spiral binding also has an added benefit: The Resketch book will sit nice and flat as you work on it.

Source, collate, trim, punch, and coil-bind. Repeat...
Source, collate, trim, punch, and coil-bind. Repeat...

Note: the final regular-edition book covers will be letterpress-printed.

Creativity is the answer

Finding inspiration isn't always easy. In fact, it can be downright elusive. Resketch isn't going to solve all of your creative blocks, but it may just help get things moving. Whether it's the fun Creative Prompts or simply the variety of paper types, I want Resketch books to act as a springboard for your ideas.

The numbered Creative Prompts are randomly inserted every so often – around 10 per book – and are meant to inspire subtly, nudge you visually, or at least make you laugh. They're either printed on reused paper on hand or on 100% post-consumer waste, eco-friendly paper using vegetable-based ink. Since they're randomly inserted, you'll likely get a different set of Prompts with each Resketch book. Collect them all!

Just a few of the Creative Prompts...
Just a few of the Creative Prompts...

They'll be printed in a light-to-medium gray so you can draw on top of them with ease, or, if you don't feel like a prompt, use the page however you'd like. It's entirely up to you!

The prompts are broken up into four categories: Building Character gives you a character or characters of some sort to interact with. Visually-minded gives you some visual cue to draw from. Wordplay is just that – how do words help you creatively? And finally Inside Out asks working artists, designers and creative people how they think about creativity, what helps them, what they use, etc. Think of this section as inspirational quotes, except relevant and not at all cheesy.

Eco-friendly by nature

I'm not an ardent environmentalist, but we now live in a time when thinking about issues of reusing and recycling isn't an exception to our daily life, it's the rule. As such, I wanted to make sure Resketch isn't adding to waste by using new paper stock – especially in the already crowded sketchbook space.

  • Paper: Reused, interesting, otherwise wasted
  • Paperboard: Recycled, 100% post-consumer waste, hearty so it'll last
  • Eco-coil™: Recycled, 100% post-consumer waste. Yes, it's plastic, but it's more durable, and can be recycled again.
  • Creative Prompts: Printed on 100% recycled or reused paper using vegetable-based inks

And that's it. I believe in drawing, I believe in Resketch, and I hope you do, too. If you're into it, please back it and tell a friend. Thanks for reading!

Let's turn reused paper into something awesome.
Let's turn reused paper into something awesome.

Acknowledgements

With any project that involves so many facets, it absolutely takes a village. Without artists creating the special covers and the people listed below, this project wouldn't even be on Kickstarter, let alone on its way to (hopefully!) being funded...

First and foremost Max Temkin who is my hero, my incredibly supportive wife Jen Brody, Marianne Fairbanks, Beth Wiedner, Kenzo ShibataRay WohlFaiz RaziBen SpencerTom Cassell, Jack Burnett,  Meghann Maves, Nick DisabatoElise ZelechowskiCraig M. ClarkCraighton Berman, Jay Ryan, Aly Bosetti, Robbie Q. TelferJake ElsterBen HeinsMark SiederChristen Carter & the Busy Beaver TeamJames Zespy, Tim Merello, Ken Dunn, and many others.

Photos by Products on White

Music by Owen from the album Ghost Town. Used with permission.

Dedicated to my brother Mike Smith, 1960 - 2013. My mentor, my friend. I miss you.

Risks and challenges

I've been developing Resketch for the last 5 years, so I don't expect any significant setbacks now that things are officially under way. However, these books involve many components and a fair deal of production to get exactly right (sourcing reused paper, collating, cutting, printing, binding, etc). As such, I want to be smart about how this will all play out. That said, potential risks and challenges are as follows:

OVER-FUNDED = SOURCING ISSUES
If the project is significantly over-funded, there is a chance of slight delays in sourcing additional reused paper stock. Since I already have significant amount of paper on hand, and am establishing partnerships / accruing more all of the time, I don't foresee this is a big issue. We almost have enough paper to handle the initial run of books for our goal (700 regular books + 300 artist books). If we go above and beyond our funding goal, of course, that means more and more books. In short, this would be a good problem to have, and easily solved.

PRODUCTION DELAYS
I've already started working with an amazing company here in Chicago to put the Resketch books together, but there are a lot of steps that go into Resketch to get it right. As such, there's always the possibility of delays related to physically making the books (especially if the project is over-funded).

ARTIST COVER PRINTING DELAYS
The special edition books will be screen-printed by the one and only Bird Machine. While I expect no delays whatsoever, delays could happen if there was some sort of snag with printing, or one of the artists had some sort of unforeseeable delay in getting us final art. Should this happen, I would do my absolute best to quickly figure out a solution, but this is a remote challenge.

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FAQ

  • Yeah, probably should've explained that better! That's my Pocket Pork Dumpling character I designed under the Shawnimals brand. It's adorably delicious... though sadly not real food. You can view it and its friends here:

    http://shop.shawnimals.com/collections/blind-box-toys/products/pocket-pork-dumpling-series-1

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  • Yes! Simply add an *additional* $20 to your $25 backer level, and we'll make sure you get an additional book. Note: It's $20 instead of $25 since postage is included in the base level, and an extra Resketch book will not increase postage dramatically.

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  • Monday, May 27th! It will be a link to a form, on which you'll enter your name and email associated with your pledge, along with your top three choices for a cover, in order of preference. Why three? I wanted to avoid a LOOOONG list of backer levels for individual artists, and thought it would be simpler this way. I hope that's the case! Most of all, I want you to be happy. You turned this dream into a reality, and then into something incredibly bigger than that. Thank you! More soon...

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  • Yes, definitely. But not right away. Our goal is to make sure every backer gets his/her Resketch book, and then after that, we'll make them available online at http://Resketch.org

    And who knows what other awesome stuff we'll now be able to do. If you're interested, join the newsletter at the site, and we'll keep you posted as to when books are available post-Kickstarter.

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    You'll receive a 7 by 9-inch, blank Resketch book and thank you note, all made from reused paper. US Domestic postage included via USPS Priority Mail. International requires additional postage.

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    You'll receive a 7 by 9-inch special edition Resketch book signed and numbered by an artist listed in the project description, printed with one of 10 different artist covers (30 of each available, so 300 total). NOTE: You'll choose your desired artist via a survey. US Domestic postage included via USPS Priority Mail. International requires additional postage.

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    *** NEW LEVEL ALERT! LASERS! *** You'll receive a 7 by 9-inch special edition Resketch book signed and numbered by an artist newly-listed in the project description, laser-engraved with one of 5 different artist covers (30 of each available, so 150 total) AND the new back cover designed by Shawn Smith of Shawnimals. NOTE: You'll choose your desired artist via a survey. US Domestic postage included via USPS Priority Mail. International requires additional postage.

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    *** 3-PACK *** Need a pack of standard Resketch books for a group or class? You'll receive 3 units - 7 by 9-inch, blank Resketch books and a thank you note, all made from reused paper. US Domestic postage included via USPS Priority Mail. International requires additional postage.

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    *** 5-PACK *** Need a pack of standard Resketch books for a group or class? You'll receive 5 units - 7 by 9-inch, blank Resketch books and a thank you note, all made from reused paper. US Domestic postage included via USPS Priority Mail. International requires additional postage.

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    Need a pack of Resketch books for a group or class? You'll receive 10 units - 7 by 9-inch, blank Resketch books and a thank you note, all made from reused paper. US Domestic postage included via USPS Priority Mail. International requires additional postage.

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    A Resketch workshop! I'll fly anywhere in the in the United States and put on a full day workshop (up to 8 hours) for you and 19 others. That means you'll get 20 Resketch books as well. This covers all expenses for my trip, plus the books. You'll learn about my creative process with Shawnimals, drawing, and much more.

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