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The Message Board: Your Personalized Chalkboard

Personalized magnetic chalkboards with your choice of colors, image and message. Design them as you like! Use your own photos!

The Message Board: Your Personalized Chalkboard

Personalized magnetic chalkboards with your choice of colors, image and message. Design them as you like! Use your own photos!

$158
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 6 2014 5:41 AM UTC +00:00

About

  • Proudly American Made:  Handmade craftmanship in every Message Board.
  • Quality Materials and Build: Only locally sourced, high quality components are used in crafting.
  • Highly Functional:  Lightweight, very simple to set up and move.  Magnetic surface allows you to easily attach notes to the board.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing:  Makes an instant impression in any space.
  • Easy to Clean and Reuse:  Clean-up takes only seconds - all you need is water.  Wipe with a soft cloth or sponge.  Surface material is water resistant so printed text and images will not run.
  • Versatile - many possible uses:  Be creative - use it anywhere!
  • Best of All:  Personalized just for YOU!  You design it, we make it.*

*Final design is permanent once submitted. 

Thanks for visiting our project!  In appreciation of your Kickstarter pledge, Our listed pre-order prices are offered at up to 60% savings and with FREE shipping

Sample printed bordering and text with handwritten messages added after.  Mark special occasions like Anniversaries and Weddings.  This was our first Message Board to be gifted to someone.
Sample printed bordering and text with handwritten messages added after. Mark special occasions like Anniversaries and Weddings. This was our first Message Board to be gifted to someone.

The Story:  Why a Message Board?

The idea came when the design studio where I intern had to dispose of another whiteboard because years of writing had left too many smear marks and distorted marker colors we could never erase. Eww.  Thinking back to college, the most commonly used resource was the classic chalkboard, which stored the most important and relevant information scribbled out by the professor.  Chalk and Surface have been working together since our ancestors dwelt in caves, writing on the walls with a sharp rock. Greek philosophers like Plato wrote down their seminal ideas on slates. Pubs since their inception advertised the day's specials outside their business. The concept itself hasn't changed for centuries, but surely there must be a method to modernize the chalkboard, make it more contemporary? There has to be a way to improve upon something timeless.   And we have created it.  Introducing the Message Board:

In any dining area, residential or commercial.
In any dining area, residential or commercial.

How will I use the Message Board?

Well, that's entirely up to you.  Perhaps a Message Board with the company logo mounted outside your shop.

The Message Board in use at retail business.
The Message Board in use at retail business.

 How about one in the office with your child’s baby photo as the background? 

Why use a small photo frame on your desk?  A baby photo Message Board shows your child and performs a functional role in your space.
Why use a small photo frame on your desk? A baby photo Message Board shows your child and performs a functional role in your space.

Imagine posting your Message Board near the front door, notifying every family member of the schedule for that day before you head out.   

The Message Board in use at home.
The Message Board in use at home.

The possible combinations of colors, artwork and uses are truly endless, made even more amazing by your choice of magnets – that's right, our product is magnetic. This feature is used so often at the studio that we have even created handmade, recycled Cork magnets to combine with the Message Board! 

Whole lotta Cork Magnets to be.  Let's just say we thoroughly enjoyed this part!
Whole lotta Cork Magnets to be. Let's just say we thoroughly enjoyed this part!

So feel free to easily attach important photos, notes, tickets, receipts, takeout menus, coupons, report cards, rough drafts, vouchers, letters, pamphlets – whatever you feel like!  Mark it up.  Hang the Message Board up and take it down in seconds. You can also save space and combine messages by pinning them on top of the Cork Magnets!  Keep related documents together.

Pin messages on top of other messages without removing the original.
Pin messages on top of other messages without removing the original.

It's elegantly simple and clean.

Product Details:

Our full range of rich colors.
Our full range of rich colors.
Example of our largest Kickstarter offering.
Example of our largest Kickstarter offering.

Our Message Boards are not only tailored specifically for each person, but this type of chalkboard is actually completely unseen in the market today.  Compared to other standard chalkboards available, our handmade product is superior.  A standard chalkboard has to have a black background and cannot have an image or graphic embedded onto the board – we think you should have more choice.  Using a special surface material and finished with coating, our products are heat treated to ensure durability, easy maintenance, and water resistance.  The printed text, graphics and images will never run or stain.  Message Boards are completely compatible with "wet" chalkboard pens, chalk pencils, and traditional "dry" chalk.

Personalize your favorite quotes to make them come alive.
Personalize your favorite quotes to make them come alive.
Only an example, but imagine the possibilities...
Only an example, but imagine the possibilities...

A standard feature of our Message Boards that others on the market today don’t offer, include a proprietary Safety Hanger making it easy to hang and secure.  Attach with the Safety Hanger, then move it left or move it right - doesn't matter.

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The Safety Hanger creates a level “free standing” chalkboard that looks similar to fine artwork hung on the wall, creating its own accents and shadows as the light hits the surface;  Writing tool turned into a showpiece conversation starter.

Remember that the Message Board is magnetic, which is possible because the material is stretched over a lightweight and durable metal, allowing magnets of all types to stick to the board!  As a thank you for being a part of our launch, any pledge rewards with the Message Board(s) will include our Safety Hangers, the handmade, recycled Cork Magnets as well as the Certificate of Appreciation.

Our Certificates are printed on acid-free matboard using environmentally friendly ink toner.
Our Certificates are printed on acid-free matboard using environmentally friendly ink toner.

Our Team:

Collaborating with my partners Steve Moon and Paul Sohn, we figured by combining my creative passion with their cumulative 60+ years of highly-sought-after expertise in photo labs, custom framing, marketing & research, fine arts, product and graphic design, we could successfully launch a simple yet fun spin on a classic and proven product.  Through the support of Kickstarter and hard work, I am absolutely confident that order fulfillment can be completed provided successful crowdfunding.  Since our company is going to focus exclusively on chalkboard products, we will soon be launching other new items related to the Message Board.

Given our team's artistic experience in the art framing and design fields, our new company already has the vision, logistics, knowledge and industry network in place to grow rapidly and begin constructing your Message Boards immediately.  We are already beyond the "proof-of-concept" phase and have finished testing the prototypes.  The funds generated from pledges will be spent to cover labor, costs of production and materials.  Thank you for pledging.

Risks and challenges

The demand may surge higher than our current manufacturing capabilities. We are confident though that our production can keep up with changes in demand. Our product will soon be patented, which is costly but necessary. Also, to minimize the costs of goods, and maximize savings passed onto our pledges, we will initially need to buy “in bulk” – bigger quantity means higher costs up front but better savings to all. We are already well set up in our current facility, but after a successful launch, we would like to move to a larger location with more storage and work space, dedicated to producing our Message Boards. Customization equals more and more materials to move and store. Relocating would also allow us to hire more people in the local community and make it easier to manufacture, process orders, pack and quickly ship out the finished rewards. After moving to our new facility, the Message Boards will be ready for delivery sooner and reach your doorstep even faster. Post-launch, we will open a dedicated E-Commerce storefront website to accommodate and streamline all future orders. There are challenges, but your pledges and feedback will be of great help to us. Thank you for your pledge! Stay tuned for more news.

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    One 11" x 13" (28cm X 33cm) chalkboard, literally one of the first off the presses. It can be in YOUR choice of color with a custom graphic or image designed as you wish.

    You will also receive the special Certificate of Appreciation with your name on a high-quality matboard media, recognizing your contribution to our project on Kickstarter. As one of the first pledges, you will also receive a handmade Cork Magnet and a Safety Hanger.

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    One 11" x 23" (28cm X 58cm) chalkboard in your choice of color and custom graphic or image designed as you wish. Reward includes the Certificate of Appreciation, the Cork Magnet, and Safety Hanger.

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    One 16" x 24" (40cm X 61cm) chalkboard in your choice of color and custom graphic or image designed as you wish. Reward includes the Certificate of Appreciation, the Cork Magnet, and Safety Hanger.

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    One 20" x 26" (50cm X 66cm) chalkboard in your choice of color and custom graphic or image designed as you wish. Reward includes the Certificate of Appreciation, the Cork Magnet, and Safety Hanger.

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    TWO 16" x 24" (40cm X 61cm) chalkboards in your choice of color and custom graphic or image designed as you wish. Reward includes the Certificate of Appreciation, Cork Magnets (x2), and Safety Hangers (x2).

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    Mix 5 chalkboards of ANY size up to 20" x 26" (50cm X 66cm) in your choice of color and custom graphic or image, designed as you wish. Reward includes the Certificate of Appreciation, Cork Magnets (x5), and Safety Hangers (x5).

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