Designing Joto (Sketches: Barney Mason)

Prototyping Joto: Where are we at?

As you may know, for the past year we’ve been working on our new product Joto — an Etch A Sketch for the digital age” that enables you to send drawings to your walls.

Joto takes requests, sketching everything from works of art to love notes, to-do lists to puzzles. Via a phone, tablet or computer, it connects ink and canvas to the limitless possibilities of the internet.

After months of hard work, last week we were finally able to share a video of our prototype up and running:


How did we get here? From the design to reality, we’ve compiled in this blogpost a few sneak peeks of the design process and prototype production:

(Sketches: Barney Mason)

First up, generating toolpaths…

Using a Formlabs to 3D print the plastic components…

CNC machining the case of our prototype…

Making a mess…

And milling the brackets that will hold Joto onto the museum’s wall…

Once all the pieces were done, then came the spray painting session…

Deconstructed Joto (Images: Barney Mason)

With all the pieces put together, our prototype was looking better than ever.

Finally, we tested Joto to make sure it was ready to “perform” for its adoring audience, then packed it for shipping.

Testing our prototype with a design by Ben Illustrator

Impressions, doubts…? You can now join the Joto community Slack channel and get answer to your questions in real-time.

Would like to see more sneak peeks of the process? Click here to see the installation of our prototype at the Design Museum…


Carmen Domingo (Those, Communications Manager)
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