Schema tools are reliable, reusable, and, like, really beautiful. We got sick of buying packs and packs of post-it notes and downloading multiple software trials just to try to stay organized. Look, if you've used post-it notes to accomplish a project, you'll get it... but with us, your desk won't look like that scene in A Beautiful Mind.
Schema is the only physical and sustainable toolkit designed for organizing ideas and managing projects. We're still a few months away from launching, but this project has been a testament to the tool.
Most people are familiar with some type of project management framework or software, and at their core they're based around the same idea -- to break down large goals into actionable items and really simple tasks. For work, you'll find a lot of these workflows are mostly used on the computer (where you spend most of your day), but here at Schema, we believe the tools that organize your thoughts should be disconnected from the ones that clutter them. At home, you're either going back to the computer or to post-it notes. And with a background in design, post-it notes eventually drove us a little crazy.
Our goal is really simple: we want to help you achieve your goals.
Armon Jahanshahi with love and support from friends and family: Eric Ludwig, Sierra Allen, Parmis Taraghi, and Xavi Izquierdo.
We thought it was a strange concept when we realized that the best way to market our final product was to be really transparent about our process. At the moment, we have four project management software subscriptions, endless rounds of post-it notes, and an entire encyclopedia of project management frameworks which will soon be published on our website under the name Schemapedia.
We wanted to create a physical item to replace the software we were using at our offices. It felt so much more productive and collaborative to stand with our team and discuss points rather than seeing tasks pop up and move around on our screens. With brainstorming sessions starting with post-it notes and client meetings ending with post-it notes, we realized that having a simple tool that both looked good and functioned simply would not only benefit us, but all sorts of teams and individuals.
The process started simply. Hand prototyped cardboard mockups, taping magnets to the back, and trying to figure out a shape that both looked and felt good. Rendering after rendering, Schema finally started to take shape. The final tile, with its honeycomb structure, embedded magnets, recycled rubber backing, and magnetic dock for easy storage, came a long way from its cardboard beginnings.
And we're sustainable! We did some research, and we know toilet paper is a bigger problem than post-it notes, but we don't really have a solution for the former. Maybe next project. We wanted to make something that is reusable and reliable.
The whole system is modular, so you will be able to purchase additional packs of tiles, or smaller starter packs to fit whatever size project whether its for home organization or a large team project. We're in our manufacturing prototyping phase right now, but everything will be made in the USA using the most sustainable methods and materials possible.