We didn't make the funding target, but I remain touched by the depth and breadth of support I got, from friends and strangers alike.
I just want to thank all my backers one last time for their pledges, help in publicizing the project and general support of all sorts. A fair number of you even increased your pledges, sometimes dramatically, in the waning days and hours of the countdown.
I'm going to take a break and figure out what's next. Perhaps I will back-burner Cristoforo. Perhaps I will try again with a few significant tweaks? I don't know yet. I will let you know as soon as I sort it out.
Not wanting to be spammy, but I noticed today that the update notices that get emailed out to you all do not show you the graphics that I have included with each one! Is that crazy, or what? So uou need to come to the Kickstarter web site and view the update there to see the graphics, often showing the letters I have been working on, etcetera.
So the good news is that as we close in on having just 48 hours left to fund Cristoforo, there has been a surge of activity. People have increased their existing pledges, or come in with new ones in large sizes. (I'm looking at you, Ms. $250—you know I would have given you the tutorial time for free because you're a friend, but I do appreciate the support!)
The bad news is that even if the current trend were to continue, we'd probably close at 60%, maybe 70% of the target, which still means... nothing happens, no money. Your credit cards are not charged. So although I am hoping for a miracle, I am not expecting it. Still, you never know! Feel free to spread the word.
What will I do if the Kickstarter fails? I don’t know. Most likely take a break, but maybe do it anyway, or maybe try Kickstarter again with some major change in approach. How would I feel about it? Sad, but I have some relief at the prospect of not having any pressure to get the typeface done. I'm also bummed at the prospect of disappointing the amazing candidates who want to be summer interns for me. Several of them even currently teach typography at the college or university level, which blows me away. I was kind of expecting most of my candidates to be people working on a BFA who had their summer free.
Finally, I want to do something special for all my would-be backers, even if the campaign fails. Also, I want to be able to get in touch if I come up with a different/better way of re-launching Cristoforo. So if you want to drop me a line with your email address, that would be cool.
Thank you all for your support. I really, truly appreciate it, no matter how it turns out!
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COMPUTER DESKTOP WALLPAPERS! We'll have three designs: Victoriana theme; type design theme featuring a tribute to original type designer Hermann Ihlenburg; H.P. Lovecraft / Cthulhu horror theme. Use one or all! PLUS, you'll get exclusive backer-only updates on the project.Estimated delivery:
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+ THREE LETTERPRESS POSTCARDS: I'll mail you a set of three letterpress printed postcards (one in each of the three themes mentioned above). Postcards will be printed letterpress using the Cristoforo fonts! And you get listed on the web site as one of my fabulous backers! PLUS, get the desktop wallpapers and get backer-only updates. ADD $2 for outside the USA.Estimated delivery:
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THE FINAL FONTS—ALL DIGITAL PACKAGE. Full fonts, at less than the retail price! Get the final versions of both Cristoforo and Cristoforo Italic. You'll also get a working version of Cristoforo upright within a month of the project being funded, and a working version of the italic by the end of September (I think!). PLUS the desktop wallpapers, backer listing and backer-only updates! (But see below if you want the postcards as well.)Estimated delivery:
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FONTS + POSTCARDS. The fonts, PLUS the letterpress postcards, the desktop wallpapers, backer listing, and backer-only updates. ADD $2 for outside the USA.Estimated delivery:
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+ T-SHIRT: a special Cristoforo silk-screened cotton T-shirt, printed in two colors, and good quality, in your choice of sizes. NOTE: Add $5 for shipping to Canada/Mexico, and $10 for anywhere further abroad. Add $25 for each additional T-shirt, and $3 for each T-shirt that needs to be XXL or larger. PLUS you'll get the final fonts, the desktop wallpapers, the postcards, backer listing and backer-only updates!Estimated delivery:
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+ POSTER: a two-color 18" x 24" poster, showing off Cristoforo! The poster will be printed on archival quality acid-free paper as a limited edition of 100. PLUS you'll get the the final fonts, the T-shirt, the postcards, backer listing and backer-only updates! NOTE: Add $10 for shipping to Canada or Mexico, and $20 for anywhere further from the USA. Add $25 for each additional poster or $25 for each additional T-shirt. Add $3 for each shirt that is XXL or larger.Estimated delivery:
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+ OVERSEER OF THE PROJECT! You'll get periodic updates with current versions of the fonts as I work on them throughout the project, plus the chance to give feedback on any aspect of the project. This is the reward to take if you want to get me to promise to add Esperanto support, or Norse runes, or something. :) PLUS the final fonts, the poster, the t-shirt, the postcards, backer listing and backer-only updates. NOTE: Shipping outside USA and extra items costs as described above.Estimated delivery:
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AN HOUR OF TYPE TRAINING. You get up to an hour of training by Skype (or in person, see below) critiquing your type design or giving you training on any aspect of typography and type design that interests you, and I have expertise in. NOTE: Add $40 per additional half hour. Can be split into two sessions, or more if you pay for more time. PLUS the final fonts, the poster, the T-shirt, the postcards, backer listing and backer-only updates. NOTE: Shipping outside USA and extra items costs as described above. Can be done in person if you can meet me in Portland, or at a conference I'm attending, time permitting. From June to October I currently expect to visit Dallas, Barcelona, possibly Paris, Milwaukee, Chicago, San Francisco, and Hong Kong.Estimated delivery:
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+ A CUSTOM HARDCOVER BOOK with the title digitally foil-printed on the cover USING CRISTOFORO! I will take a PDF with 8.5 x 11 pages, of your choice, and print it on sturdy acid-free 11x17 pages two up. This will allow me to create hand-sewn signatures. I will then hand-bind it as a hardcover—in bonded leather! PLUS you get the fonts, the postcards, the T-shirt and the poster, backer listing, and backer-only updates. NOTES: This is for a single book of up to 200 pages; add $1 per two pages beyond that. This reward is limited to books where we can get the permission of the copyright holder. Please either add the cost of licensing the book as a PDF, or provide proof that you have such a license already along with the PDF. Feel free to contact me for more details. Shipping outside USA and extra items costs as described above.Estimated delivery:
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+ CUSTOM TWO-DAY (or longer!) WORKSHOP just for you! ADD $800 for each additional day up to five. I'll teach you anything you want to learn about type design and typography that I know. You'll enjoy my wife's wonderful cooking, and absorb fonty goodness until your brain explodes! Learn anything from outline construction to spacing and kerning, or how to use multiple master technology to design an extended family of fonts all at once! Or anything else I can teach. Includes two meals a day, for up to two people. Date subject to mutual agreement, some time between project funding and the end of January. Does not include your travel costs to get to Portland, Oregon. You may also opt to have me come to you if you can cover my travel costs and expenses. Possibility of staying at our home if hotel cost is an issue. Email me to discuss this one! :) PLUS the final fonts, the poster, the t-shirt, the postcards, backer listing and backer-only updates. NOTE: Shipping outside USA and extra items costs as described above... unless you pick up. :)Estimated delivery:
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