Thank you to everyone that did contribute, Unfortunately Googly was not able to achieve greatness this time.
So what's it all about? (the stubby version)
My name is Remo Wakeford and from a very young age I’ve taken great pleasure in being creative. This project is part of that creativity and has subsequently become somewhat of an obsession with me.
I’ve been a Graphic Designer for about 8 years and 4 years ago I obtained a degree in Industrial Design. During my student days, the Googly Egg Timer concept popped into my head and has never gone away, now the time has come to develop it further.
It's time that Googly joins other kitchen friends and becomes a range, a range of fun loving and brilliantly inspiring accessories for your kitchen! Accessories like egg cups, salad spoons, bottle openers, ice trays and even dry food containers. Whether you have kids or not, the Googly Egg Timer will find a place in your heart and your home.
The reason I've come here is to make the Googly timer concept a reality.
That’s where you come in!
I would just love to see Googly on store shelves and know that people are enjoying his happy face in their homes. Help me bring his cuteness into your life by contributing what you can to his birth.
What Googly needs to exist!
I've been approached by an investor who is very keen on the Googly concept BUT they have requested that I generate more than a single item, rather a range of kitchen accessories like the ones I mentioned above. The reasoning is that an entire range of products will be more acceptable to the market.
So, in order for Googly to exist, I need to be able to develop and make prototypes of his friends and family (as I think of them) as an integrated group of products. This requires financial resources that I don’t have available, for example, Googly himself cost €300.00 to prototype, that’s without any finishing, polishing or painting.
So, in order to make another 4 buddies it's going to take at least €1200.00 before finishing, add the finishing and I estimate a total cost of about €3500.00.
A portion of the funds will go towards a prototyping budget, paying for the parts, the time and the finishing of each of the buddies, while the balance will go towards the exciting rewards that you, as a special founder member of the Googly club, will get.
What being part of the Googly club means!
Being in the Googly club is an exclusive accomplishment reserved for those of you that really want to brighten up your lives!
At each level of investment in the Googly project you get different club perks all of which are truly awesome. Although to be fair, those that give more will receive a bit more “awesomeness”.
When you contribute €5.00 you become a copper member of the Googly Club which entitles you to a special mention in the “Googly Founding Fathers” page on the soon to be Googly website.
When you contribute €15.00 you become a bronze member of the Googly Club which entitles you to a special mention in the “Googly Founding Fathers” page on the website and not only that, you will receive a postcard of the Googly Signed by me, the original designer.
When you contribute €50.00 you become a silver member of the Googly Club which entitles you to a special mention in the “Googly Founding Fathers” page on the website, a postcard of the Googly Signed by me, the original designer and along with that awesomeness you also get a limited edition Googly keyring made using the latest rapid prototyping techniques and hand finished by me the designer.
When you contribute €100.00 you become a gold member of the Googly Club which entitles you to a special mention in the “Googly Founding Fathers” page on the website and that's not all!!!! You also get a limited edition book featuring all the original sketches and concept development artwork, signed by me, the original designer.
When you contribute €500.00 you become a platinum member of the Googly Club which entitles you to a special mention in the “Googly Founding Fathers” page on the website and along with your addition to the list of awesome people, Googly will cross your palm with a limited edition stainless steel keyring made by using some of the latest rapid prototyping techniques. But wait there's more! With this investment comes an exclusive and once in a lifetime opportunity to get your hands on a prototype Googly, in its packaging and supplied with a certificate of authenticity! This googly is hand finished by me the original designer.
If you're as passionate as me about this project and you contribute €1000.00 or more, you become a diamond member of the Googly Club and to separate you from everyone else you not only get your hands on a prototype Googly but you get to choose whether you want the standard purple and green Googly or the more classic black and red version which also comes in its packaging with a certificate of authenticity! This googly is hand finished by me the original designer. And you also get to add a signed copy of the limited edition book featuring all the original sketches and concept development artwork as well as the limited edition stainless steel keyring to add to your collection of awesome things.
So what happens if Googly doesn't make it?
If Googly doesn't make it?! well lets hope that doesn't happen! But if it does I'll do what I can to give what's been promised. After that I'll just have to go back to polishing shoes on the streets of Dublin to generate some extra cash, so that Googly can be born.
This project is something that is not only close to my heart but something I believe will help generate a new accessory company with a fresh flavor that has a similar design philosophy to Alessi, the post-modern, high design, Italian kitchen utensil company. Not only that but a design firm that can give back to society by generating affordable, fun and functional designer products.
Other Ways You Can Help!
If you can't contribute right now thats ok, just make sure you tell your friends, family, colleagues, aquaintances, ex's, teachers, lecturers, local police, the post office and literally anyone you can about this project. I've included a little card below that you can print out and give to people so that they can check it out. Also Indiegogo has many sharing tools that you can use to let your social network buddies find out about the awesome Googly.
Oh and before I sign off, Googly thanks you! from the bottom of his soon to be real heart!
Lead designer and daddy of Googly