Smile Vial Project
The Smile Vial is a tiny magnetic vase for flowers and small plants. It’s designed to sow smiles starting with your own. For every one bought, we will also give one away to someone in need. Please subscribe to our mailing list below and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop when we’re ready to launch.
Check out our official project video below to learn more about the Smile Vial. Thanks everyone for your continued support.
It Is All About Smiles
Smile Vial is all about creating smiles, starting with your very own. There are many different ways this tiny vase can help you tweak your way to making a smile a permanent feature of your face.
Use Smile Vial with Any Cut Flowers
As science continues to show us, nature has an incredibly positive impact on our well being. Making a conscious effort to look for and celebrate all the little beautiful things around you is a simple and sustainable behavior that leads to a greater sense of gratitude. Making it a regular part of your life can have a profound effect.
There is never enough time, or so it seems, so the Smile Vial was designed to require the least amount of effort. One or two small flowers at a time is all it requires. They’re easy to find even for the most concrete bound urbanites. If you’re more of a grower than a shower like me, small succulents or tillandsia plants are the way to go. They grow well in the Smile Vial and are easy to keep alive. It is all beautifully simple.
Grow Low Maintenance Succulents
The Smile Vial will also allow you to celebrate what’s important in your life in two different ways. Spell it out in bold on the supplied note insert or go all out and make a statement using the art board. Reminding yourself of a positive affirmation or goal is empowering and tends to make us happier so it is definitely worth a shot.
Celebrate the Important Stuff with the Art Board
The art board is a simple rectangular piece of powder coated metal. There are countless original arrangements you can create using photos, laminates, fabrics, or various other materials you can stick to it. Trying to showcase a few different ways to use the art board was one of the most enjoyable parts of this project so far. I highly recommend it because it will keep your inner-maker in creative bliss for hours.
Share The Love
Lastly, the smile Vial is about the net benefit, not profit. My inner idealist was always more motivated by social impact rather than a financial one. The Smile Vial was intended to be shared so profit was never the main objective. For the price of a nice greeting card, it is easy to share it with friends and loved ones. Additionally, every Smile Vial purchased will get one into the hands of a stranger in need. The details of the Buy One, Give One initiative are described down below.
In summary, the Smile Vial project is all about sowing smiles and making people happier by:
Smile Vial Features
Smile Vial is designed to last. The vial will be made of polypropylene so it won’t break if you drop it. It will be available in a variety of colors starting with frosted clear, graphite, and magenta as shown below. The top holder will be made using a soft elastomer to make it nicer to hold and to prevent it from slipping. A neodymium (aka rare earth) magnet, encased in the holder, will secure the Smile Vial to any ferromagnetic metal surface, including some stainless steels. The note insert is a thin polymer film. It will be supplied blank so you can write on it with any marker and reuse it for as long as you want.
Smile Vial in Graphite, Frosted, or Magenta
The art board is a plain 5 x 7 inch anti-corrosion coated metal surface. It comes with a magnetic strip so you can stick it to other metal surfaces such as your fridge. You can also hang it just about anywhere you’d like using readily available fasteners. Lastly, it conveniently fits standard photo frames so you can match it to your existing décor.
Create Stunning Timelapse Videos
Anyone wishing to make a beautiful floral statement or create mesmerizing time lapse videos may want to consider the Smile Vial Art Frame which combines all of the elements described above.
Smile Vial Set
The Smile Vial Set comes with three vials of the same color. You’ll be able to choose one of three colors (frosted, graphite, magenta) but you don’t have to decide now. Final details can be made once you receive the backer survey at the end of the campaign.
Smile Vial Art Board Kit
The Smile Vial Art Board Kit includes the Smile Vial Set, as well as, the Art Board and magnet strip. Original wallpapers will also be included for free to all backers.
Smile Vial Art Frame Kit
The Smile Vial Art Frame Kit includes the Smile Vial Set, an Art Board, photo frame, photo matte, and Art Board laminate.
Smile Vial Wallpaper Gallery Examples
The Smile Vial Wallpaper Gallery will be available to all backers who support this project, free of charge. The gallery will feature many unique designs and backgrounds you can download and use in your own original Art Board creations.
Smile Vial Journey
The Smile Vial project started much like many other projects I led through my industrial design practice. Somewhere along the way however, the idea behind the product grew beyond the product itself. The transition was sparked by a post I came across on Reddit that discussed a website which took trolling to a whole new level by enabling people to send glitter bombs to others. Admittedly, although I thought the idea was clever, the fact so many people embraced it left me a little bummed so I decided to do something different. I wanted the Smile Vial to make someone’s day instead of ruining it. It was roughly at that point the simple product I was working on took on a whole new meaning.
Glimpse at the Making of the Smile Vial
Buy One Give One Initiative
The Buy One Give One initiative is not about charity. The Smile Vial initiative is simply about having compassion for ourselves and others. With every purchase of a Smile Vial we will give one to someone in need.
Getting a little flower in a Smile Vial is not going to provide anyone with a warm meal. What it is going to do is simply show the recipient that someone cares about them. Kindness matters and sometimes even the simplest of random acts of kindness can have a profound effect, far beyond that which was intended.
Here are just some of the examples of people whose day you could make:
- The elderly;
- Victims of abuse;
- New immigrants or refugees;
- Various volunteers and community leaders;
- Random strangers just like you.
In time, I want the Smile Vial project to have a global reach but I can’t do it alone. If you’d like to get involved or know of an organization or group of people that would benefit from this project please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. Let’s make this happen together.
Become Part of the Solution
Developing a product is not easy and imparting change is even harder. The support of an awesome community like Kickstarter can make things happen and I sincerely hope to count on yours.
Your support will be used to fund the creation of production tooling (molds and fixtures). Your input and contribution will also help to determine other critical production aspects such as initial product volume, color and accessory preferences. Removing the guess work and creating exactly what you want will save a lot of valuable time and money.
I have the vision, know how, passion and determination to make awesome things happen through the Smile Vial project. Your support is the last piece of the puzzle needed to realize that vision and bring it all to life.
While product design and development never fail to get me up in the morning, none of this would be possible without the support of my friends, family, mentors, and my trusted and very patient assistant. Unlike my pockets, my gratitude runs deep! Uttara and Tiffany, thank you for all your help. You are the best!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges are minimal. I designed and successfully developed over 50 products. I have also successfully developed a product with the support of 431 Kickstarter backers once before so I know what to expect in terms of final shipping and delivery.
The design is finished and prototypes have been created and tested to ensure everything works well. The design has also been reviewed by the mold maker and manufacturer to ensure everything adheres to production requirements.
Once the project is successfully funded, production of the molds will be started. Finished molds will then be tested with a small pilot run to make sure everything works as intended. Consequent first article inspection will make sure the products conform to strict quality standards. Once corrections and improvements, if any, are completed final production will get the green light. The fun will start shortly thereafter.
The Smile Vial is an awesome little product on a mighty mission and I cannot wait to get it into your hands. Please support the Smile Vial project and let’s start cultivating some smiles!