Tree Origin - Bookmark

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Tree Origin - Bookmark by bpormentilla Feb 3, 2012
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This is a concept that I came up with when I wanted to design my own bookmark. I'm an avid reader and resorted to using Post-It notes to bookmark my novels and textbooks. After a while I realized that it was a very practical approach, but not at all aesthetically pleasing to the eye. So given my innate desire to design and create, I knew that the only sensible thing to do was to design my own product, one that could not be purchased at a bookstore or ordered online. I wanted authenticity.

It had to be functional yet elegant, simple yet creative. And after some initial design sketches, I finally came up with the Tree Origins bookmark. As seen in the item picture, it is designed to resemble a tree in an abstract way. Although seemingly organic in its shape, the geometry is actually quite symmetrical. The disparate nature of its design is what makes the idea work.

I produce this bookmark using a flexible and resilient high-gloss PVC plastic material.The flexible property enables it to easily 'squeeze' pages together to produce a firm hold.

If you like the design, please spread the love =)


Be careful to not bend the tree branches since they tend to be quite thin.

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Your design is so beautiful and absolutely what I want as a bookmark.

Thank you AkibaRoy! Glad you like it, enjoy =)

links are broken? I cannot download them...

I posted a link down in the comments. \/ \/ \/

I'm not exactly sure why my files keep disappearing =(

But there should be a link at the bottom of the page directing you to the file (thanks QuantumConcepts)

the links aren't working for me

Not again! Try my link in the reply a few comments below.

bpormentilla: NP, got it and printed it. I like it :)

And btw, I have made this Thing public on http://Kickstarter.comKickstarter.com. Please support my project so I can generate enough funds to produce this bookmark in high-gloss plastic, glazed ceramic, stainless steel and gold-plated steel!

Here is the link:


Applerust and Relentless: My apologies for the missing file, I deleted the old file and uploaded this new one (Tree Thin). It should be several thousandths thinner than the original version, which should make it easier to use as a bookmark. But in the event that it is too thin, I have also included the original (Tree Thick) file. Enjoy =)

And thank you QuantumConcepts for the link!

I'd like to print this but the file is 0 bytes. I assume the file was deleted?

Hey Applerust - we've chatted in the IRC channel (Jorsch). Try my link in the reply to the comment below to get the STL for this Thing.

I think something has gone amiss with your stl file. I'd love to print one out but when you click on it it sends you to an error page trying ot get to http://amazon.comamazon.com. Wierd.

The files are hosted with Amazon Web Services so that explains that. Why it's not working? Don't know! Try here for now: https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=4817eaf499afe674https://skydrive.live.com/redi...

@QuantumConcepts: Thanks for the positive feedback! I actually 3D-print mine as well using PVC material (I find that it comes out really well in high gloss black material). Stay tuned for more! And awesome designs yourself :)

The one you show here has a really nice translucent look. I'll have to look into printing with PVC.

Thanks, I'm learning. 8-)

I made one! I assume you laser cut yours but I printed the design on my 3D printer. I used PLA so it may not endure a log of abuse, but it came out pretty well. I love the design!