We just premiered a brand new trailer for CHEATIN' at NY Comic-Con! Please click on the link below to check it out and share on Facebook and Twitter!
If you're in the NYC area, stop by booth 2944. I'll be there tomorrow and all weekend signing books and DVDs!
From feed-back from several people I have updated the maps and they are now available online. The main changes requested was to show the separate parts of stations at Canary Wharf and West Hamstead. The other request was to include more walking interchanges. All of the interchanges included on the map are oyster "out of station interchanges" which means if you leave one and arrive at the next in a certain time (often 20 for the ones shown) it counts as a single journey on your oystercard. More Details on this can be found here.
I have included symbols under the name of every station with some level of disabled access to show the level of access available. The circles are empty if there is no step free access. They are half filled if there is step free access to the platform but not to the train. They are full if there is step free access to the platform and onto the train. If the circles are joined then there is step free access between the lines. Often only in one direction.
The Oyster special zones for Tramlink and Emirates airline are noted next to the respective lines. I think this is neater than forcing more zone outlines particularly as so many stations are in several zones but I would be interested in what you think.
I am in the process of converting these images so i can include them on the website and will send out another update when this is available.
After making a few tweaks, I sent the poster off for quick proof to a local shop. It's always a great experience to see the result in it's near final form — how all the pieces fit together and work as a whole.
It should be noted that the colors shown here are approximate since the proof was produced via inkjet using a CMYK color model. The final prints will be silk screened using three solid colors (Red, Blue, Grey) and will have a richness, fidelity and sharpness that simply cannot be achieved with the CMYK process.
Speaking of printing, I just booked press time at Vahalla Studios in Kansas City, KS for early/mid November. After speaking with the folks there regarding another project, they alerted me that they have been very busy — advance press reservations are already into November. Waiting for the Kickstater campaign to end would mean pushing back the shipping well into December, if not later. So I've taken the plunge, put down a deposit and locked in the print run. This means I will be able to honor early December shipping and get these to you in time for the holidays.
If you're not familiar with Vahalla Studios, they do amazing work. They are true to their art and craft and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to embrace their talents for this project. I want to personally acknowledge Melissa, Dan and Dustin for their generous time and assistance as this project has evolved over the past few months.
Hope you all enjoy the post season and best of luck to your team.
Hi All --
As the editing process continues I have a few quick updates. Namely - we are not alone! There are many kindred spirits out there who *get* it. Who are writing and creating -- who feel this pull towards adventure, see beauty in unlikely places and they're spreading the word!
Joan Almon at The Alliance for Childhood has just released a booklet: Adventure: The Value of Risk in Children's Play. It includes all the facts and figures you're grasping for when defending risk and play in your community - and it's only $12.95! Inside you'll recognize several photos of The Land. The more adults that take an interest in self-directed play, playwork and risk... the smilier my smile gets. So check it out.
Audio from the film is included in this incredible new installation in New York. If you're in the area check out Empire Drive In -- it re-uses disposable artifacts from consumer culture for creative and playful gains AKA your can watch movies from the back seat of a junked out Mustang!
During the day audio excerpts from the film will be broadcast through the the once booming, now busted car speakers via low-power radio. I'm thrilled to participate in this whimsical project that breaths new life into forgotten objects.
Special thanks to the curator of said audio, the talented and inspiring (and backer of this film!) Ann Heppermann for including us. Now go, go, go if you can and enjoy!
Also have you read this article? Indeed, we are not alone.
Play on, everyone!
I can't believe that I forgot to mention this...
Of course this isn't what I'd envisioned the final displays of this project to be like: If we hit the secondary goal, I'd imagined completely taking over a digital highway billboard and rotating groups of 3 or 4 portraits through it, so that it would be a lot less cluttered while still conveying a sense of diversity. But right now, let's just focus on getting the shoots funded... if we can pull that off, maybe we can approach a sponsor or apply for a grant for the billboard component.
Also, the great folks at CFEVA are the ones who organize the annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.
I'll be participating by opening my space at The Cedar Works on Oct 19 & 20; you're welcome to stop by for a visit regardless of what happens with this project.
22 hours to go...
Hello from + POOL world!!! We've been hard at work finishing the last bit of fabrication and packaging for your tiles, as well as preparing for our next round of testing, but wanted to slow down for a second to give everybody a massive update!
OK, the TILES! These heavy beauties will be shipping in two weeks. The lead times on ordering, fabrication and production was a bit more than we anticipated, but we have to say: they're absolutely beautiful. Jason Lefton and his team at Big Secret in Richmond, VA did an incredible job.
FYI: for those of you that pledged group tiles, you should have your Certificates of Authenticity and First Dips passes already in hand! If you haven't received them, please notify us ASAP.
The past 2 months have been non-stop designing and engineering Float Lab, and we're learning a ton. Thanks to all your support, we're not only able to build Float Lab but push the engineering of the project to a completely new level.
In addition to our partners at Arup, we're honored to welcome the incredible guys at Persak & Wurmfeld, a team of naval architects based in Brooklyn, and Mackworth, an innovative company specializing in filtration textiles and systems.
And thanks to the momentum from all of your support, we've also been able to push the testing even further than we had originally planned. It'll take a little more time but will give us and the city a much better understanding of how best to clean and swim in the rivers. We've expanded the testing to two phases: DATA and FILTRATION.
The DATA phase, which is launching in late November this year, will be one of the most extensive water quality tests ever done in New York rivers. We're super stoked on this. Starting in November and lasting for an entire year, we'll be testing every necessary water quality parameter needed to make the FILTRATION phase as efficient as possible. We're also teaming up with an awesome initiative called the River Project on Pier 26 to help make that happen. And most excitingly, we're working on a way to bring that data to the public in an easy to understand and educational way. For better or worse, everybody will know what's in these rivers.
The FILTRATION phase, launching in January 2014, will be testing the complete combination of filtration membranes inside a prototype of + POOL's actual structure. It's launching in January so we can not only test for a longer time, but we can capture data and learning from how the FILTRATION behaves during all seasons. It'll basically be what we wanted to originally do with Float Lab, but way more awesome, and way closer to the final + POOL design.
Whew. That was a lot. Are ya still reading??? Nice. OK, stay tuned over the next few weeks, especially on Facebook and Twitter, cause we'll be sharing tons of process updates on what's happening over here.
We'd also like to formally introduce you to two new team members over here at + POOL:
Michelle Thayer is amazing graphic designer and all around serious task master, helping with all things tiles.
Wes LeForce, who's helping lead the charge on all architectural and engineering development of + POOL. He's a sharp dude and was part of the original filtration testing at Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011.
This project is happening because of you, and you did it Tile By Tile. We can't thank you enough for your support and your patience. Building a project at this scale is super intense, and without your belief in it, and us, it just wouldn't be possible.
Archie, Jeff, Dong, Wes, Michelle + POOL
Just a short update. First we have posted the screened poster to our site for pre-orders. Second, we wanted to post the Star Trek Enterprise reference for Iowa. Lastly we wanted to mention that we will be sending the surveys to you all once we have final art on each reference that will make it to the final map. So don’t worry that we have yet to do that.
In order to ensure the book will be in your hands for christmas we had to make a judgement call and set in motion the ordering of a hardcover proof. Today the paperwork was signed. All backers are now being upgraded to hardcover.
For lack of precise number: I'm going to announce a retroactive stretch goal of $11,111. Congrats.
The words "thank you" doesn't do justice to how grateful we are for everyone's support.
One more thing...
Announcing the two 18x12" posters available in the $60 T-SHIRT CANNON and $89 ERWIN HOBBES EVERYTHING pledge levels.