A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
New Reward Tier - Become a Defender
To help reach our stretch goal, we’ve added a new reward tier: Defenders of Democracy. Here’s how it works: with your $15 donation, we will send one copy of the Constitution to a school or library in the United States. We are looking for 500 Defenders right now to meet our goal of donating 1,000 copies.
Any contribution helps. If you can’t afford $15, send a dollar. If you can afford more, your generosity will make a real difference, helping students and everyday people all across America reconnect with the words, ideas and intentions of the original rulebook that guided the founding of our country. Remember: an informed electorate is the most powerful safeguard against disorder.
Our campaign ends on July 29th so don’t hesitate.
If you’ve already contributed, thank you again. We really appreciate your support. Please continue to share with your friends (#ForThePeople) and help us send out as many copies as possible!
Help shine a light on American democracy!
They say democracy dies in darkness. We’re living through bitterly divisive times, but despite increasingly fractious and polarized partisan faultlines, there is one thing we can all agree on: the Constitution isn’t fake news. In fact, at 230-years-old, it’s not even new. But despite the way politicians toss around the Constitution and selectively cite amendments for partisan purposes, the ideas contained in this seminal document remain widely unknown.
So we set out to change that.
One of the best ways to help support democracy is by making sure that more people actually understand what the Constitution says. We redesigned it to be easier to read, giving it a fresh new look in the hopes of starting more conversations based on the foundation of this incredibly important document. Help us put the power of democracy in the hands of the people by sending 1,000 copies of our redesigned U.S. Constitution to schools and libraries!
Become Part of Something Big
We've started a movement. Apathy is out. Growing numbers of people are passionate about this project. So far the response has been terrific. We’ve already met our initial goal, but please contribute now to help us meet our stretch goal of $15,000, so we can send 1,000 copies of our newly redesigned Constitution across the country!
We will put every cent of profit from this project back into helping to return the U.S. Constitution to the people. Your contribution can help spark countless new conversations based on the bedrock principles of our democracy. It feels good to do good. And the more you donate, the more copies we will be able to print and distribute.
When our campaign ends on July 29th, we will prepare and print all rewards and aim to ship them by September 17th, the date the Constitution was signed in 1787.
Why a Redesign?
By redesigning how the Constitution looks and is organized, we aim to make this historic document more aesthetically pleasing, exciting to leaf through and easy to read. Our design concept and system works to deliver the Constitution’s content in a more interesting and digestible way than typical versions. Great design can elevate messages both simple and complex, and we feel it’s long past due that the Constitution receives such a creative treatment.
We used an original, unaltered transcript of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Amendments 11-27 from the National Archives, without any interpretations or commentary – meaning the document’s content has not been changed in any way.
We have designed our book to include three different-sized sections which will be bound together in the finished book. The smallest, outermost section contains the Constitution's Preamble. The mid-sized, innermost section contains the Bill of Rights and Amendments 11-27. The largest section is sandwiched between the two and contains the bulk of the Constitution's text – Articles 1-7.
The book will be Riso printed using soy-based ink on pink paper. Risograph printers were commonly used in schools and government offices in the 1990s as a cost-effective alternative to offset printing. Unlike photocopiers or laser printers, which use heat to fix ink to paper, Risographs use a rotating drum with wet ink, which passes through a negative to apply an image on paper.
We will be working with a small print studio to produce each book. Depending on the number of backers, the binding will be saddle-stitched with staples or machine-sewn with thread. Stay tuned for updates!
When you choose a reward that includes a book, we will print an additional copy to send to a school, library or educational center on your behalf. Stay tuned for updates on how the destinations will be chosen!
ThoughtMatter is a creative branding and design studio with an artful perspective. We focus on projects with purpose and work worth doing. We are endlessly intrigued by what can be possible when designers refuse to divorce their core beliefs from their craft. And we believe that design has never been more important to foster change. Through projects like these, we hope to champion that message and do some social good.
Risks and challenges
Some aspects of production have yet to be finalized because they will be affected by the level of support we receive. We are dedicated to creating the highest quality product possible for our backers.
The binding of the books will be determined based on the quantity of books printed. The options are a traditional staple saddle stitch binding or a more premium stitched binding with blue thread. We will evaluate the economy of scale throughout the campaign and will be posting updates on our production plan.
The logistics of where and how we will be donating the books will also be determined based on the quantity of books printed. We will be posting updates on our plans for donating copies of the book throughout the campaign.