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We are producing a limited run of hand-printed maps showing all 12 crossings of the Willamette River in Portland, OR.
We are producing a limited run of hand-printed maps showing all 12 crossings of the Willamette River in Portland, OR.
144 backers pledged $4,556 to help bring this project to life.

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St Johns Bridge
St Johns Bridge

Portland has some of the most beautiful and mechanically fascinating bridges of any city in the US. In 2012 we created a bridge map that captured the spatial relationship of these bridges and their bold profiles unlike any other Portland bridge poster.

Now, we need to update that map. Portland is building a 12th bridge across the Willamette. Tilikum Crossing will open in 2015. To celebrate we are creating a special run of beautiful, hand-made maps for everyone who loves Portland and its bridges.

A test print of early design progress for the new map. Example doesn't include the street grid or title.
A test print of early design progress for the new map. Example doesn't include the street grid or title.

We will be as open about the process as possible, and make the resulting map freely available in digital form. This Kickstarter project will fund the update and redesign of the current map, as well as the ink, paper, letterpress plates, and time needed to create the hand printed maps.

REWARDS

  • The Original Map
  • The New Map
  • The T-Shirt
  • Letterpress/Screen Printed Bridge Cards (Individual or set of 4)
  • Letterpress/Screen Printed Bridge Maps
  • Custom Color Letterpress/Screen Printed Bridge Maps
  • The Entire Collection

1. The Original Map

The original map may be short one bridge, but it is still quite nice.

Original Bridge Map
Original Bridge Map

2. The New Map 

The new map will be redesigned with updated colors, text, and, of course, the new bridge.

Detail of test print without street grid or title. Letterpress maps will be printed on this 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper.
Detail of test print without street grid or title. Letterpress maps will be printed on this 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper.
 

3. The T-Shirt

Put the Willamette river right on your torso. The shirt shows all 12 bridges, and the Willamette River. Here is an early mock up.

4. Individual Bridge Cards

The individual bridge cards will show each bridge with a small locator map, and measure approximately 4" x 11". We will make four unique cards of bridges that have special architectural, engineering, or local significance.

Test print of an early version of the bridge cards.
Test print of an early version of the bridge cards.

5. Screen and Letterpress Maps

The combination screen/letterpress prints of the new map will be wonderful. We are really looking forward to the personal and tactile feeling that the manual printing methods will bring to the maps. You can get the standard map with the street grid, etc. Or you can get the "naked" version with only the simple river screen print and bridge sketch letterpress.

These images are shown to describe the process, and do not represent final design or color choices.
These images are shown to describe the process, and do not represent final design or color choices.
An early test print for the screen/letterpress design. This example does not include the street grid or title.
An early test print for the screen/letterpress design. This example does not include the street grid or title.

6. Screen and Letterpress Maps - Your Way

We are really excited about this next unique reward. We are letting you pick the color! You can pick your favorite color from the panoply of pantones that exist in this world. Your color will be screen printed as the map base and street grid, and the bridges will be pressed on top. We will only produce 15 of these unique prints for this Kickstarter campaign.

Something else you want? Don't hesitate to ask. This project was created to celebrate Portland, and the bridges that connect it, so please let us know what you think!

Thanks To:

Christopher Adams: Printing partner for the project. Artist, and all around helpful fellow.

Ron Sparks: For editing tape of me yammering on about the map and bridges and turning it into a nice video for this project.

Darrell Fuhriman, For providing the base vector artwork for the newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing.

Onuinu, For the music in the video.

Risks and challenges

We are confident we will be able to produce the maps in a timely fashion. However, this is a small operation. So if something happens to me or my printing partner, it will slow down the process. We are mitigating this risk by giving ourselves plenty of time to produce and print these maps.

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    THE ORIGINAL - The original vintage 'Bridges: Portland's Willamette River' map!

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    EARLY BACKER - The all new 'Bridges: Portland's Willamette River' map. Stamped Kickstarter edition. Printed on an offset printer with recycled paper and sustainable inks.

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    THE MAP - The all new 'Bridges: Portland's Willamette River' map. Stamped Kickstarter edition. Printed on an offset printer with recycled paper and sustainable inks.

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    THE T-SHIRT - The shirt has the naked print, just the bridges and river. It will look much like the image in the description, with the addition of a title.

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    LETTERPRESS BRIDGE CARDS: HAWTHORNE BRIDGE.
    The oldest vertical lift bridge in the US. Each card is screen printed with a small locator map, then letterpress printed with the bridge.

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    LETTERPRESS BRIDGE CARDS: ST JOHNS BRIDGE.
    Portland's most elegant bridge. Each card is screen printed with a small locator map, then letterpress printed with the bridge.

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    LETTERPRESS BRIDGE CARDS: TILIKUM CROSSING.
    Portland's newest bridge! Each card is screen printed with a small locator map, then letterpress printed with the bridge.

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    LETTERPRESS BRIDGE CARDS: STEEL BRIDGE. The only double-deck vertical lift bridge in the world. Each card is screen printed with a small locator map, then letterpress printed with the bridge.

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    LETTERPRESS MAP - The Early Backer Letterpress Bridge Map. This limited run letterpress edition will be printed by hand on the 1908 letterpress machine.

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    LETTERPRESS MAP - 2nd run letterpress edition printed by hand on the 1908 letterpress machine.

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    NAKED LETTERPRESS - This print will just show the river, title, and bridges. No street grid or other background graphics, just clean and simple.

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    LETTERPRESS BRIDGE CARDS: COMPLETE SET. All four bridge cards; St Johns, Steel, Hawthorne, and Tilikum. Each card is screen printed with a small locator map, then letterpress printed with the bridge.

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    YOUR WAY! - A Letterpress Bridge Map screen printed in the color of your choice with the black bridge overlay. Printed just for you! We are happy to consult on your color choice.

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    YAY BRIDGES AND MAPS - The "I am a bridge and map fanatic" reward: The old offset print map, the new offset print map, the t-shirt, the complete set of 4 individual bridge cards, and the 'your way' personal color print. Wow, that is a lot of bridges.

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