Introducing the Hatch Notebook
Hatch Notebook is a tool that makes it easier to take your ideas from concept to reality, or “Hatch” them. It's a simple, 3-step system to generate and evaluate ideas, keep them organized, and then design and plan them.
The Hatch notebook will help you find an idea that you’re passionate about and then take action on it.
Hatching ideas requires a blend of creativity and practicality, inspiration and perseverance. Hatch is a place for both—it has enough structure to guide you, but also the flexibility to allow for all different types of people to use it for their creative endeavors.
Organize all your ideas in one place
If you're like us, your ideas end up in all different places—blank notebooks, dry erase board, napkins—you know how it goes. Without an organized system, it's hard to know which ideas are good, or how excited you are about a particular idea.
With the Hatch notebook, you’ll be able to see all your ideas at a glance and decide which ones you’re excited about.
We’ve found that having one place for all our ideas helps generate more ideas, and make connections between them.
Hatch will also help you stay motivated and committed throughout the process of bringing an idea to life.
How does it work?
There are 3 steps in the Hatch process.
STEP 1: Conceive
First, you list your ideas by category to create an unorthodox table of contents as you enter page numbers. As you fill in the excitement & difficulty levels of each idea, you’ll be able to see which ones might be worth pursuing at a glance.
There are also blank dot grid pages that you can use to brainstorm and mindmap to generate new ideas. And, we’ve included some tips & suggestions for how to get the ideas flowing in the back of the notebook (just in case you get stuck!)
STEP 2: Incubate
Next, evaluate and define your ideas by answering some questions. This will help you figure out which ones you’re most passionate about (and most viable) and want to Hatch.
STEP 3: Hatch
Here, you'll fill out your project specs and an action plan that will keep you moving forward. Then you can use the blank pages to sketch, take notes, code, write, or anything else that's part of your process. Dream big, be creative, and have fun!
How many pages in each section?
- 4 pages to list and categorize your ideas
- 16 blank dot grid pages to brainstorm ideas
- 14 spreads with questions to help you evaluate your ideas to decide which ones to pursue
- 5 project sub-sections to design, develop and plan your ideas; 18 pages each, with 1 page for specifications and action plan and the others blank for your sketches and notes
Guidelines, tips & resources
- 10 pages of guidelines, tips & resources at the back, to guide you if you need it, while being unobtrusive if you don't
We're still finishing the content for the Guidelines, tips & resources section, and are open to suggestions for what you'd like to see!
Available in Slate Grey or Midnight Blue
Because we reached our $30k Stretch Goal, we've added a midnight blue cover color option! Backers will get to choose from the 2 colors via the survey at the end of the campaign. You'll be able to split your pledge between the two color options if you'd like.
Why a paper notebook?
Just the act of writing down an idea on paper makes it more real and gives it value in a way that digital format does not. There's so much digital media these days that it it feels fleeting, less permanent. When we make a note on our phones we often completely forget it's there.
We find that when you write all your ideas down in one place where you can see them all together, you start to have more ideas and draw connections between them. The key to having great ideas is having a lot of ideas, so all ideas—even the bad ones—serve a purpose. This is harder to do in digital format because it's not as easy to flip through and see things. Also for us, it's more fun to sketch and draw on paper. And you can look back at your notebook for years to see what your thinking was at that time.
Our goal of $15,000 will fund an initial run of notebooks, and the money will be used solely to produce and deliver Hatch Notebooks. We’re excited to launch another product on Kickstarter. There’s a sense of community around bringing a project to life that’s unique to this platform.
We hope you like Hatch, and we’d love to hear your thoughts! The layout isn't set in stone, and we may make changes based on your feedback.
For more about us, see Our Bio
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We believe that ideas can come from anywhere, that no idea is too big or too small, and that ideas can change the world. We’re very excited about what we’ve created and even more excited about helping people develop their ideas and find something that’s meaningful to them. We want to create a community around launching ideas, and we want everyone to be a part of it, whether they’re able to donate to the project or not.
That’s why we’ve decided to share the digital version for free.
All you have to do is:
1: Share our project on any social media platform with the #hatchnotebook hashtag
2: Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with a screenshot or a link of where you shared it, and we’ll send you a PDF at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
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Our Inspiration & Process
We came up with this idea about a year ago, and started using a basic version to organize our own ideas. We quickly found that having one place for all our ideas helped us generate more ideas and make connections that we wouldn’t have otherwise. Also, we found that just the act of writing down an idea made it more real and helped us stay committed.
Over the past year, we've created and used several prototypes, sought feedback from different types of makers, and continually refined and revised the concept. We’ve learned so much about book binding and printing. It's come quite a long way from the initial spark, and we've enjoyed the process.
How did we get from Foodie Dice to Hatch? On the surface, these two products might seem unrelated, but at their core they both inspire creativity and a sense of adventure, and that's our ultimate goal.
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Thank you so much for your support! We can't wait to see what you'll "Hatch"!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge with any physical product is manufacturing. We spent a lot of time learning about printing and binding, and sought quotes from several printers. From those, we selected one that we’re excited to partner with. They’re in the United States, have been in business for over 100 years, and they do beautiful work.
We also learned a lot with our previous campaigns, Foodie Dice and Mixology Dice (which we delivered on time), and we have the infrastructure already in place to easily ship rewards.
If our campaign is funded, we‘ll dedicate ourselves to delivering a quality product, and we’ll be transparent if challenges do arise. We want the Hatch Notebook in your hands, helping you bring your ideas to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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