This App 3D Prints Handwritten Letters for You
Remember back to those times when you would jump with excitement at the sound of AOL’s “You’ve got mail” notification? Now that email and texting have taken over, we can hardly remember when we last received a handwritten letter. But they might be making a comeback, and ironically, it’s with the help of technology.
The folks from Bond gave a Makerbot a pen and the knowledge of a calligrapher, and the results were beautiful. Using the Bond app, just type your message, select the type of handwriting and stationary you want and give the address you want your letter to be sent to. Oh, and every envelope will be sealed with wax. Because if you’re going to go with an old-school handwritten letter, you might as well seal it traditionally too.
If you want more of a personalized touch to your letters, you’re going to have to pay more for the Bond bots to learn your handwriting, but for things like wedding thank you letters or fancy invitations, it’s so worth it. The robots aren’t just programmed with algorithms of how to write all letters of the alphabet perfectly. Instead, Bond’s design team concentrated heavily on the pen strokes that people make naturally. So even though a robot could be programmed to write a perfect letter G with one stroke, Bond’s bots imitate the natural lifts, marks and motions that humans make. We find it beyond crazy how Bond was able to give a human feel to these bots.
If you want to send out a handwritten letter using Bond, check out their website for the different package deals. You can send one right now for the price of a cup of coffee. Does this mean penpals are going to make a comeback too? We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Do you still prefer to write your letters and send them through snail mail, or are you a hardcore email fan? Tell us your thoughts about Bond in the comments!
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.