I had originally been planning the big "Final ordering instructions and production/shipping announcement" update this weekend. I even took time off work to finish this up. Unfortunately, I got slammed with another brutal cold and spent most of the time hacking and sneezing. It's my second cold this year, I guess that's my double-life taking it's toll...
So I'm not QUITE ready to take the final orders and ship. But I have made a lot of progress, and for now, I can bombard you with lots of pictures. I'm working on the intended maps you selected from the survey and they are looking great! I'm now in the process of painting & photographing at least one of each city/size that you selected in the survey, and organizing them on the website: http://www.jstormurbanmaps.com/
There are a lot of steps involved (cutting, chiseling, cleaning, sanding, priming, drying, sanding again, painting, packaging, etc). I have already cut most of the intended maps - some of which you can see sitting on my workbench below. So when you get the email with the final ordering instructions, turn-around will be very fast.
You will also be welcome to change your order at that time. Backers who got multiple maps (based on your backing amount) can select those combinations (since the survey only did one). If you only got one map, you can change city/color in the final ordering. If you don't change anything, or just the color, your map will ship just as fast as the final coat of paint cures (a few days). What's important to me is that you get the right city & color and have the chance to see a picture of the city in that size before you decide.
If you don't respond to the final ordering after some period of time (TBD), I'll send you whatever you had picked in the survey and choose for you if you had multiple maps.
Again, full details on final ordering to follow soon. Don't worry about all that for now. This is just an intermediate update. If you still have questions after the Final Ordering Instructions email, please let me know then.
OK, now its time for some PICTURES!
(For some reason, all the pictures go at the end of the post. The bullets below are the descriptions for the successive pictures)
- Here's a bunch of the 14's in the drying rack after being primed:
- A few of the painted Niners from the survey:
New options preview (and cities not yet posted on the website)
Based on the survey, nearly 40% of the backers are in the Bay Area. Several backers have requested other cities as well. So I've added several new options that are not on the website yet. You can vote for the pipeline or add a new request at:
Here's a preview of what will be available for the final order (not painted yet):
- Palo Alto:
- FiDi, Russian Hill, Piers (Quadrant 1)
- Presidio (Quadrant 2)
- Tel Aviv:
- Tokyo (The whole bay, almost to Chiba):
- Tokyo (Roughly around the Yamanote line):
- Work in Progress:
- Me - In my stylin' paint suit after a long day of sanding and painting!
That's all for now stay tuned!
And thank you once again for your support (and patience)
I'm posting UPDATE #7 in a few minutes, but I'm just moving UPDATE #6 over from the comment tab/page. There is a 'Comment' tab where everyone can post, and also an 'Update' tab with updates on which people can comment....
I posted the last Update in the comment section, so just cleaning up:
CreatorJustin Smithon April 8
Progress is definitely happening – keep that space open! Most of the designs are done and on their 1st or 2nd iteration. The second machine is working very well and reliable, although it is a smaller capacity & speed. It’s great to be able to focus on the maps and less on technical trouble-shooting. Now I’m streamlining & refining the sanding and chiseling process, painting and coatings, and packaging. I’m hesitant to put down an exact shipping date, but we are getting close :-)
As usual, there have been several little obstacles that make the project move slower than ideal scenario, but fortunately no more major blows to the project like the original lemon-laser. Recent challenges are things like: attempted break-in at the shop and lost 2 weekends working on security lights/system, down one weekend with a bad cold, a busy “day-job” period (and travel) that cut into evenings for Kickstarter work, clogging paint-sprayer and minor tool problems, etc.. But as I always say: Eventually this project will run out of problems to throw at me – and then you’ll get some really awesome maps!
I’m also working on the new website and all the back-end stuff so that making your final-final choices will be very clear – especially for those of you who got multiple maps of different sizes, colors, etc. I will also be adding a few new designs/variations/neighborhoods to add to the original 42 city options.
Feel free to check out the new site: www.kickstartermaps.com
Lots of pictures, but sorry about the picture quality and glare from my construction lights. I usually work on this from like 10pm to 2am so there’s no natural, diffuse light. I’m adding more cities and picture all the time, so check periodically to see progress on your city.
Constructive comments and suggestions are always welcome. But keep in mind that this is still a work in progress so if you have question about where exactly your code is or some other detail, please don’t panic. It’s probably something I’m currently working on, and if the question still exists when I’m finished I’ll be sure to get it answered or fixed. (Again, you will receive an email with the code and instructions soon. If you do nothing after a certain amount of time, I’ll send you the map you indicated in the survey).
Speaking of suggestions – one backer watched the video from the last update and emailed with a solution to the balancing issue. I’ve tested it out and it is by far the best way. YOU ROCK!!! Bonus maps for that backer. A crowd funding backer suggested a solution to a problem which improved the product on a Kickstarter project. That’s crowd-sourcing at it’s best right there! Awesome!
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iPhone cover -- These cool mahogany iPhone skins just peel-and-stick onto the back of your phone. Available for all cities listed. Add $2 for international shippingEstimated delivery:
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Coasters – Whether you want just one for your desk or a whole set for your coffee bar, these transparent urban coasters will protect your surfaces with a subtle city image. Add $11 for international ShippingEstimated delivery:
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6”x6” – Jazz up your cubicle or arrange a few of these in a small space in your home. Add $20 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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9”x9” - Jazz up your cubicle or arrange a few of these in a (slightly larger) space in your home. Add $30 for international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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14”x14” – These work great as a standalone single city in a medium wall space, or as a 2x2 matrix in a larger space. Add 35 for international shippingEstimated delivery:
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New Coaster Set! Pick any 8 cities (from the list) and get the coaster set in a box with your favorite city on the cover! The texture is on the top, so you won't get that annoying effect where your glass sticks to the coaster when you pick it up. Also, if each city is different, just remeber which coaster your glass is on and avoid those cocktail party mix-ups.Estimated delivery:
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22”x22” – Create an impact on a space like a large entrance, a hallway or an office wall. Add 60 for international shippingEstimated delivery:
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35”X35” – This is the largest shippable map available as indicated on the main page. Not available for international shipping (see main page for updates)Estimated delivery:
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46”x 46” – Innovative way to fill a boardroom, business lobby or a large space in a San Francisco Home. Currently available for San Francisco only. There will be a few options for delivery or pickup within the city. Also, 46” backers will be invited to an event at the mystery workshop location in the city where they can meet a few other backers, see a very interesting side of the city, and pick up their maps. Add $100 for scooter delivery within the city like in the video! Add $200 for 25 customized tags (character limit applies)Estimated delivery:
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The 8-footer: “The Waterfront At Nine” – Eight feet and over 1,300 cuts of pure San Francisco Waterfront. This reward is available to backers within a 45-minute walk from Pacific Heights. This first backer will receive the original, delivered by me personally within the month of August 2012.Estimated delivery:
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