Co-founder of Lumi here. You might know us from Inkodye, the photo-sensitive fabric dyes. We're expanding to help you print on all kinds of surfaces, including paper, wood, metal, plastic, glass, etc.
We had a lot of fun designing this site around SVG and React. Let me know what you think. We're still missing some photography and product details, but I can fill in if you have any questions!
Wow the site is just super beautiful and easy to use. Great job!
However the price is kinda concerning. Now I have never ordered a custom silkscreen, but I have purchased wooden rubber stamps, and custom cut vinyl before and your prices are about twice, and in some cases three times more expensive than what I pay now, and thats with me emailing my svg files.
I guess I'm curious what your company is doing to justify that price. Is it for the convenience of uploading my files and not having to deal with proofing? Are your products superior in specific ways (ie the wooden stamps are made out of a specific type of wood) ?
Hopefully my comments don't come across as "bashing" I'm just curious.
Interesting! We've priced things fairly aggressively based on what these things cost here in Los Angeles, but I would be curious to chat more with you about this. Can you email me directly at email@example.com? I would love to hear what you're expecting to pay for these different categories.
And yes, as we add the detail pages for each category you'll have a better reference point on where these prices come from. Our goal is definitely to save you time on proofing/quoting. It's also worth mentioning that at this early stage our focus is on quality and speed, but there is still quite a bit of craftsmanship and manual labor involved.
Neat! You guys were on Shark Tank right? I thought it was cool though I personally don't personalize shirts/fabrics. It's awesome to see you guys expanding beyond that.
Yes. We got our start via Kickstarter, developing a photo printing process called Inkodye. The new site is all about expanding into vector-based designs and surfaces other than fabric. We're really excited about it :)
Stephan, big fan of Lumi here--been a fan for a while.
I understand that "Inkodye" is just one product by the company Lumi. And now you've introduced another product to Lumi's line, this custom rubber stamp service. Seems like a cool product.
However, I'm a little confused at the online positioning of these two products. Let me explain. To me, if I were to go to Lumi.com, I would expect to see the company's story and a full range of the various products and services that are on offer (Inkodye, Rubber Stamps, etc.). And if I were to go to Lumi's online store, I would expect to be able to purchase all of those very same products. I would also expect a correlation / co-branding to exist between the various products and their company.
As it is now, Lumi.com appears to be exclusively about these new rubber stamps with little-to-no mention of Lumi's other (main) service, Inkodye. And the reverse is also true. When going to store.lumi.co, the user is only shown Inkodye products with no mention of Lumi's other product, these custom rubber stamps.
Maybe there is a reason for keeping the two items on separate sites, but I would expect (as a user) to, at least, know which site belongs to which product. In my head, having a Lumi.com site set up as "home base" for all information about the company's history and their various products would make the most sense. From there, you would easily be able to cross link to Inkodye.com (for all Inkodye products) and to, say, LumiStamps.com (for all products related to Lumi's custom stamp service).
I guess what I'm trying to say, in short, is that having all Inkodye product information reside at store.lumi.co and the rubber stamps service at Lumi.com is very confusing. It would be nice to see more product vs. company discernment.
I would also say that this rubber stamp site seems to be branded AS if it IS Lumi. To me, this seems a bit off. I would assume that even having something like LumiStamps (or a different name, entirely) could work as a better sub-brand to the Lumi parent brand.
That all being said, the new site looks great. The look and feel of this site is certainly within the Lumi brand, which I love. I'm sure Lumi is a company that is going places. Keep up the wonderful work and offering amazing products.
You are 100% correct. We mentioned the issue in the postscript to our announcement, but I admit I would have liked the transition to be smoother.
Firstly, we're moving from lumi.co to our newly acquired lumi.com domain, and dealing with all the re-routing and SEO complexities that entails. Secondly, we are moving Inkodye to its own site, which will be at inkodye.com.
Our goal for the new site was to create an unbelievably fast way to order custom printing products. For that reason we started from scratch, building it with all the newest/best web technologies (e.g. React, SVG). We didn't want to be held back by the limitations of our previous web stack.
We're just two people on the dev team, but we wanted everyone to start playing with our new stuff as soon as possible. Give us a couple weeks to clarify our various offerings :)
No worries! Just trying to help out. Regardless, your products (and brand) are wonderful. I look forward to the forward progression of the various products and their online presence and integration with the Lumi brand.
Again, awesome work, Stephan. And thanks for filling me in!
I could really only get the simplest designs to look decent, which is a shame cause I'd love to get some stamps.. Can I ask, do you really need to trace files that are already in vector formats?
Hey Mikael thanks for the feedback. We're still perfecting the import process. Our goal is to make it possible for your design to be made across a wide variety of manufacturing techniques. Have you looked at the formatting guidelines? You may need to make some minor tweaks or expand your artwork: http://www.lumi.com/guide
Neat idea. Once my new logo is done, I'm definitely getting something.
Awesome site and service idea!
Any plans for self re-inking, less messy stamps? I'd be all over that like stickers on a trello board :-D
Thanks Spencer! You should join our early-access group. We're definitely discussing self-inking as an idea ;)