Loughborough Alumni


12 Apr 2017

Alumnus launches a Kickstarter campaign to fund the manufacture of new sketching products

James Stephenson has recently developed a new product, SketchMate, a board designed to hold paper without the need for clips, tape or pins.

SketchMate is currently a patent pending board and the first of its kind. Paper has a natural positive static charge and the rubber board is negatively charged, providing the attraction between the two surfaces.

James credits the inspiration for his idea to his time at Loughborough University. Studying alongside many creative students, he witnessed an endless amount of sketchbooks being used on hard desks, and wanted to create a softer, portable alternative.

The Kickstarter campaign for SketchMate will begin soon, with the aim of raising £15,000. The team aim to upscale from low volume manufacturing to be able to invest in quality systems and an extended range of SketchMate products.

James graduated from Loughborough University in 2013 with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology.

Find out more about SketchMate's Kickstarter campaign online.

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