Record Props Is A Simple Way To Display Vinyl Records
Share music and give props to your favorite albums and musicians by displaying them in style. Record Props give vinyl listeners the ability to prop albums upright on a tabletop, or the option to pair a vinyl record with its album cover on the wall like a piece of art. All while maintaining the ability to easily switch out records and continue playing your favorite music.
Shipping in limited quantities for Christmas 2016!
We did it — Now Shipping Internationally!!!
Holy Smokes We Effing Did It!!! I can hardly believe a dream from nearly two years ago has come true today. Thank you to everyone who believed in this idea and helped make Record Props become a reality.
Original One-Of-A-Kind Artwork on Vinyl by Street Artists ACK! and ANNAVY – NOW AVAILABLE!
Four original artworks by Street Artists ACK! and Annavy are available now through the end of the campaign to the first four lucky Kickstarter pledges! Specify your choice of pledge for one of two 12" Vinyl Records or one of two 7" Vinyl Records, each pictured below.
Display vinyl records on a table top or mount them on a wall. Whether you just want to see whats Now Playing, or you're looking to pay tribute to your collection, Record Props lets you display your Vinyl in a few creative ways.
Record Props are designed to make your albums appear as if they're "floating" on the wall. Use the included mounting bracket to hang your vinyl records and let Record Props take a back seat while your favorite albums enter the spotlight.
Ready to listen to a record that is currently on display? Simply take if off the wall, put in on the player, and let the album cover remain up on display to see what's Now Playing.
Don't have wall space or prefer to display your album on a flat surface? Put a record on the player and prop up the cover on any flat surface to share whats Now Playing.
Have several albums worth sharing? Combine your favorites using multiple Record Props with any size records to create an infinite number of ways to show off your collection give props to the artists.
The optional Record Props wall mount requires just one screw which makes it quick to install and easy to ensure your albums are level and straight. And don't worry, we're including the screw, washer and wall anchor in every pack.
Easily switch between displaying single record album covers or thicker, gatefold album covers for even more versatility. Just turn your Record Prop 180 degrees and snap back into the wall mount to switch between two different album cover widths.
SHIPPING IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
550 Record Props will be produced and shipped in time for Christmas 2016. Who's ready?!
Each pack includes everything you need to prop! To install on the wall, all you need is a screwdriver, and you can use a drill to make the process even easier. Less than ten minutes is all you need. For full installation details, visit www.RecordProps.com/install
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Tim DeSilva (that's me) has a formal education in art and design, and as a founder of a brand development agency, has led a professional career in consulting, speaking and building on passions in brand development, user-centered design, marketing strategy, and team building.
Since launching Culture Pilot in 2003, Tim has had the opportunity to consult organizations on branding, growth and technology strategies across a wide range of industries. Adept at pulling together teams of passionate people, he helps create, manage and execute strategic plans for companies looking to launch, grow or establish their presence in the market. Tim also consults on cloud-based tools for communication and project management to help small business operations scale more efficiently. He’s a pretty optimistic guy, and typically doesn't speak in third person.
Tim is currently focused on launching this new product design for Record Props here on Kickstarter. It takes up a lot of his time but he's excited to bring it all to life alongside some very talented folks who are helping in the process. For full details, visit www.RecordProps.com
PROJECT HISTORY & TIMELINE
May 2015: Proof of Concept
This project started in March 2015 with the purpose of solving a challenge. As a vinyl record listener and someone who likes to share music with friends, I wanted a way to prop up an album that I was currently listening to. I also like to display recent albums on my wall above the turntables and wanted a quick and easy way to access, play and switch out the records that were on display; something that would allow me to grab one off the wall and quickly put it on the platter. Nothing out there seemed to accomplish this, and one day the idea came to mind. I started prototyping out of cardboard.
June 2015: Refining The Design
As weeks passed, I started thinking through the design and began building higher fidelity prototypes out of cardboard until I was ready to begin testing at higher fidelity. Thanks to our friends at Post Studio Projects in Houston I took the artwork to the laser cutter. The summer was spent refining the design and improving functionality.
One of the challenges I faced was a way to make a single piece that could serve as both the tabletop stand AND the wall mount. I also wanted an easy way to attach it to the wall without the need for multiple screws or holes in the wall. After struggling and testing for weeks to keep the design as simple as possible, and consulting with some amazing friends and collaborators, it became apparent that it would make more sense to create this as a multi-piece unit that assembled together to allow for all of the functionality I was looking for in this design.
Laser cutting is an amazing tool. It allows for two-dimensional designs to be cut and etched out of various materials. In order to create my prototypes, I designed in 2D, using multiple layers that could be stacked up and cemented together to form a three dimensional piece. I chose acrylic as my medium for the early prototypes which was an affordable material that allowed for the vast amount of tests and iterations necessary to improve the design.
July 2015: The First Fully Functional Prototype
At last, I arrived at the first prototype, mounted to the wall, working as intended. I had to keep improving.
August 2015: Continual IterationI continued iterating and producing hundreds of acrylic pieces to test the slight variances of the design. Eventually, I got as far as I could get using the laser cutter.
September 2015: 3D Printing and Branding Begin
From here, I moved to 3D printing in order to create a higher fidelity version of the prototype with a more refined design. A huge thanks goes out to Super Solid 3D in Houston, who I was recommended to for guiding me through the initial 3D printing process as we continued to tweak and improve on the design further.
By this time, I had already begun thinking of how to brand this product. My background is in design, branding and helping startups realize their ideas, so it didn’t take long for the identity to surface. The name Record Props was officially born and the logo and packaging were soon to follow.
It was also at this point I began considering injection molding as a way to produce larger quantities, but the cost to get started proved to be much more costly than I anticipated. Producing molds, even for prototypes is very expensive. After another month of research and discussions with potential manufacturers, I hit a wall and nearly gave up on producing this design to sell. I was happy I had created a design that worked for my own personal use, so I took a break and considered this project indefinitely stalled.
April 2016 – Present: Rebirth To Completion
Months passed by, and in April 2016 some wonderful friends encouraged me to start re-thinking production methods. I was introduced to Open Factory in Houston who helped me produce the prototypes at an even higher resolution using alternative 3D printing methods. The project kicked back into full gear as we began tweaking and improving once again. With additional help from Thinktank Design to further refine the designs and 3D models, three months later in July 2016, we produced the completed Version 1 of Record Props.
I finally felt ready to share this product with the world and Kickstarter felt like the best way to get this idea out to the public. I called upon some talented colleagues at The Story Hive and Blue Lemon Photo to help me film my story and bring Record Props into the limelight. After scripting and producing the video and photography, we were moving full speed ahead, preparing for launch. I sent the first versions of Record Props to a few dozen friends and beta testers, and immediately began testing and putting fulfillment processes. The Record Props website launched and all systems were being put into place.
Today I’m excited to announce the Kickstarter is officially launched! And no matter if the campaign is successful or not, I’m so grateful for the learning experience and the incredible help I received along the way. I’m proud to have completed my first product design to share with friends, and I look forward to the next.
If the Kickstarter is successful and I find that there are other people looking for a similar solution to display their vinyl records, I plan to begin shipping outside the United States in early 2017. We'll also continue researching ways to improve the design further, as well as working on alternate methods of production that allow us to enhance and add to the choice of materials, while lowering the cost to make Record Props more accessible in the future. I’m also designing modifications and new versions of the product that will display other types of media.
Stay tuned, and thank you for all your support!
Risks and challenges
We are already producing this product and continuing to test it in depth during this campaign. We are conservatively producing only 550 to make sure we have no issues shipping in time for Christmas. If there is enough interest on Kickstarter, we’ll begin producing 1000 a month comfortably, to begin shipping in January. We may even get crazy and ship some early!
If Kickstarter proves there is much more interest in Record Props than we’d initially hoped for, we’ll be working with our injection molding partners to bring the next version of this product to life in early 2017. We’re already prepared for this route and initial tests are underway.
All in all, the only fear we have is that you like this product more than we ever imagined. We will continue producing a conservative number products until we can ensure a higher rate of production in a timely fashion.
Since we deal with communication as a profession, we’ll be right here updating our backers during every step of the way, during and after the campaign ends. It’s what we’d expect as backers ourselves, and well… it’s what we do!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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