HOW IT ALL STARTED
Like most artists, when I have an idea for something I just want to write it down or draw it out as quickly as possible so I don’t forget. The problem is, often times when I want to sketch something out I find myself hesitating because I’m reluctant make neat and orderly pages look messy and unorganized.
Sometimes I just want to doodle, sometimes I want to do mockups for websites, and other times I want to sketch up iPhone apps or just write down ideas. Sure, there are preprinted template notebooks out there with grids, dots and lines, but all the printed lines and grids distract me and make it difficult to get my idea down exactly as I envision it.
Preprinted lines and on-page templates in most notebooks inhibit my freedom and my creativity. I would use a blank sketchbook for my creative drawings but it lacks the precision I need for daily use.
Bottom line is this: I just love blank page paper but I also like having guidelines. What if I can just take the qualities that I need from both worlds and get rid of everything else?
Problems with traditional notebooks:
- Ringed notebooks easily become crooked
- Inconsistent sizes
- Paper falls off, lack durability
- Stuck with only one style
- Round corners and punched holes make for messy pages
Introducing SketchyNotebook, a notebook that allows you to put on paper any idea quickly and in an organized, neat way. If you’re like me, you’ll love the flexibility and freedom this book brings. It consists of three things: notebook, templates and bookmark ruler. SketchyNotebook is the only way to quickly jot down all sorts of ideas, regardless of format, industry or design. One book to rule them all.
By working closely with the factory, we came up with a unique binding which allows you to easily and beautifully tear off the paper without having the other half of the pages fall out.
Unlike traditional template guidelines, the grid we designed is so much easier and efficient because it gets rid of all the unnecessary lines and preformatting. Inspired by the Hermann Grid, accompanied by uniquely designed templates makes using SketchyNotebook easy to see the guidelines you need by having them lay underneath the paper. Then simply remove the template and let your creativity flow. Mix and match your templates for a design experience like no other!
- Easy to clean
By working closely with professionals in different industries we've come up with six different templates and 12 unique designs. We're hoping that this will be an ongoing project with more templates to come so that SketchyNotebook can help every type of professional feel truly inspired.
To actually make a project isn't easy on KickStarter. I get carried away with social media and friend's constant updates! By including a bright green bookmark, we're hoping that it will constantly remind you to finish your project and focus on what's important just by glancing at it. It has definitely helped me stay focused as I worked on developing SketchyNotebook.
Making this project has been a dream come true for me, I really hope that this will help you in your future projects and with your work like it has for me. Let's dream big! Thank you so much for checking out my project and your support is greatly appreciated!
My long-term vision is to create a community where designers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs and creative spirits can work together to make inspirational templates for your needs and ideas; a notebook that evolves along with the demands of its users.
With the support and help of artists around the world I hope this book grows into something bigger than a single book. SketchyNotebook is a notebook designed by the people, for the people and with people's dreams in mind. Let's work together to make a SketchyNotebook that turns dreams into reality across the wold!!!
Our official site: www.SketchyNotebook.com
Paper & Ink Test
Paper Tear Test
Risks and challenges
Everything is about the right balance. It took a lot of time to get the right paper where thick enough to write on but thin enough to see through the template. Balance between the right proportion of each template and the usage. We actually have designed dozens and dozens of templates, since each template is designed specifically for some profession, it is crucial for us to design the truly useful template for each of them!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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