While researching standard A paper sizes for my latest Spaces for Ideas designs, I stumbled upon this great little site that contains this really clear and awesome diagram of how all the A paper sizes (A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 etc.) relate to each other and how they came to be.

A Series Paper Sizes Defined

The A series paper sizes are defined in ISO 216 by the following requirements:

* The length divided by the width is 1.4142

* The A0 size has an area of 1 square meter.

* Each subsequent size A(n) is defined as A(n-1) cut in half parallel to its shorter sides.

* The standard length and width of each size is rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Not really industrial design related, but useful information nonetheless as I can’t remember the number of times I had figure out the paper sizes when setting up or sending drawings to the plotter. Don’t forget to copy the image or print it out and stick it somewhere convenient.

Via: Papersizes.org.

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Stop the press!

Remember our last discussion on the Spaces for Ideas Brand? I had originally planned for the logo to be sophisticatedly debossed on the front of the cover. Unfortunately due to the limitations of the debossing tool, the process is unable to accommodate the subtle design of the Spaces for Ideas logo.

However I still wanted the logo to be there for two reasons, branding and usability. The logo is an important visual indicator of opening orientation of the sketchbook and thus central to the design of the sketchbook. Therefore I had no choice but to pay a little more and go for a silkscreen printing process.

The images here show samples from my recent Press Check, a production milestone where I approve the logo’s print quality, color and finish. Furthermore, due to my decision of going with the silkscreen process, I had to spend another round refining this logo. The logo’s width (65mm) was balanced against that of the sketchbook, while still maintaining readability and a sophisticated feel. I also decided on a Pantone O21C Orange color as it creates a really nice subtle optical illusion on the recycled craft paper cover.

I’m actually quite happy with the final result, as the silkscreen process also complimented the design intent of the logo.

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Just in case you don’t happen to know what all this fuss is about, check out the background story on how I came up with this design and got it realized:

1) Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning

2) Spaces for Ideas: The First Prototype

3) Spaces for Ideas: The Brand

4) Spaces for Ideas: The Final Prototype

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Friends, the time has finally come! After spending a number of weeks finalizing the Spaces for Ideas Sketchbook, I can now confidently be in a position to take pre-orders!

Let’s sum up the Spaces for Ideas Sketchbook in my usual favorite way, as a nice succinct marketing tagline?

The Spaces for Ideas Sketchbook: Designed for people not afraid of big ideas!

Specifically, the key points are:

Who should buy it:
1) Creative people not afraid of producing and managing big ideas!
2) Team players looking for a platform for brainstorming with other people.
3) Ardent sketchers tired of pages that seem to run out of space.
4) Mobile nomads seeking affordable and portable sketchbook solutions.
5) Organized people looking for simple solutions for design documentation.

Who is this not for:
1) Creatives who have to sketch on small tables like those found in airplanes. Still a possible solution, as you can sketch on the folded A6 pages.
2) People who are allergic to creases.
3) Designers who have phobias of large empty pages.
4) People who can’t give up their boring standard sketchbooks for a paradigm-changing product!

One of the most challenging parts of this project was having to work out the costing and pricing strategies. I wanted to keep the prices as affordable as possible. However as my initial manufacturing quantities are not high (I’m funding this 100% out of pocket!) these prices are the best I can do at this time. Hopefully in future I can substantially increase the sales volumes and bring the prices down even more!

That being said, I would like to offer you each sketchbook at USD $15. As I much prefer to move volumes, I would encourage you to purchase a set of 5 sketchbooks at USD $60 instead. 5 Sketchbooks at $12 each is a 20% discount I’m giving you as a thank you for not having me queue at the post office for too long!

However to celebrate this momentous occasion and also get this show off to a flying start, I’m going to offer an additional 15% pre-order only discount! This means each sketchbook now costs $12.75 and $51 for 5! This special pre-order discount will last until Sunday 11 April 2010, 11.59pm, when we will have the official launch and all the pre-orders shipped!

The Pre-Order discount is over as this product has launched! Get your sketchbook at the Spaces for Ideas Store now!

Just in case you don’t happen to know what all this fuss is about, check out the background story on how I came up with this design and got it realized:

1) Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning

2) Spaces for Ideas: The First Prototype

3) Spaces for Ideas: The Brand

4) Spaces for Ideas: The Final Prototype

This product has launched! Get your sketchbook at the Spaces for Ideas Store now!

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iPhone and 15cm Ruler for sizing!

If you have not already, do check out the earlier posts first as they will give you a greater insight on how this design came to be.

1) Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning

2) Spaces for Ideas: The First Prototype

3) Spaces for Ideas: The Brand

So here it is, the final prototype for my Spaces for Ideas expandable sketchbook. Actually this prototype has been in my care for the last 2-3 weeks, however I had delayed releasing it to all of you as I wanted to finalize the brand and get the design protection registration going. As both are finally in place, I like to now introduce this sketchbook to all of you!

I would say this prototype is about 95% there. The only difference between this prototype and the final product are two things. Firstly the spine will be in the same material as the pages and secondly the Spaces for Ideas logo will be quietly debossed on to the front cover. The rest of it, i.e. the size and how it unfolds is accurately depicted in the images after the jump.

Edit: I’ve decided against the white spine as it looks unfinished, and debossing does not work with the logo. The logo needs to be silk-screened.

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I plan to produce two versions. One is an A6 sized book (on the top) that expands into an A3 page. The other is an A5 sized book that expands into a good-sized A2 page. I will eventually produce both versions, but due to budget constraints I can only start with one. That’s where I need your help; I need to know which size resonates with you the most?

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Let’s take a look in detail with the A6 version that expands into an A3 page. The A6 version sits nice and tight in my hand. Both A6 and A5 versions has 5 pages folded into a form fitting package.

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I did not like the inside texture of the cover, so I’ve asked the supplier to line the inside in the same material as the page. Due to the construction, the inside lining extends and becomes part of the spine’s material as well.

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There you go, expanded into its full A3 glory!

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As you can see from the first page, the hump that was a problem in the previous prototype is now resolved, by reducing the total number of folded pages from 20 to 5. This also allows me to product a cheaper solution that you can buy in bulk. This creates a situation where you can dedicate each expandable sketchbook to a project.

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The 2nd page expanded and unfolded, between the 1st and 3rd folded pages.

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As you can see the A5 version is a little bigger, but it is still a tight 5 page (folded) package.

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Here it is unfolded into its full A2 glory. This is great for creative people looking to do large mind maps, brainstorming in groups, and generally not afraid of big ideas!

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So lets look at how the both sizes compare? The A5 to A2 version sits above the A6 to A3 version. I’ve brought back my iPhone and 15 cm ruler to give this comparison exercise a sense of scale.

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Just in case you are interested, each sketchbook will be shipped in a sturdy and bubble padded envelope.

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Right, so what do you guys think? Which one will you likely go for? I await your feedback and comments with baited breath!

The next step after this is I will finalize the production volume, costing numbers and hopefully start taking pre-orders! I hope you are as excited as I am to bring this “baby” into the world.

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