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This project was successfully funded on February 4, 2014.

Help us fund a limited edition print run of the first chapter of Visualising The Beatles, out in 2014/15, plus limited edition prints

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UPDATE: Stretch goals added, as well as two new rewards!
Scroll down to below the A3 prints to see the stretch goals and what we'll do if they're achieved. Thanks to everyone who's pledged so far!

UPDATE #2: Press features and new hand-drawn reward!
We're getting some great press, and you'll now find our project featured on Gizmodo, The Washington Post, Fast Company and Kickstarter's 'Projects We Love'. We've also added a brand new reward, where you can get your hands on the original hand-drawn concepts for the Please Please Me chapter (signed).

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Visualising The Beatles: The Book

Visualising The Beatles takes the career of the world’s most famous British musical export and presents the key information using an entirely visual approach.

Capitalising on the growing popularity of bespoke data visualisation and the ever-increasing global interest in infographics, Visualising The Beatles combines the most popular band on Earth with the most appealing form of data dissemination.

The book aims to tell the story of The Beatles’ musical progression, as well as their cultural impact, framed using their 13 core releases; from Please Please Me through to Let It Be.

For each release we will look at the musical structure of the album (song lengths, time signatures, key signatures, lyrical format), the performance (instruments used, who played which instrument, who sung which songs) and reception (number of single releases, album chart positions, single chart positions). We will also visualise each album using our own unique format of graphical representation of music. We will also look at some more esoteric elements from The Beatles’ career, from their changing hair styles to their increasing levels of self-reference in their music.

For updates after the Kickstarter project is finished, visit the official Visualising The Beatles website (currently under construction). You can also join us on Facebook.

Chapter One: Please Please Me

To help promote the release of Visualising The Beatles, which is out in 2014/15, we are creating a limited edition, bound book of the first chapter; Please Please Me. 

This chapter gives a taste of the rest of the book, and visualises a wealth of information about The Beatles' famous first album, including track lengths, single releases and reception, lyrical content, authorship and collaboration, instrumentation and a whole lot more. It also contains a unique waveform graphic of each song from the album.

Examples

Below are just a couple of examples from the book mock-up, of course the actual printed chapter will contain many more pages!

As requested by some of our backers, here's a larger picture of one of the pages from the limited edition chapter (concept page):

 The Kickstarter Project

This Kickstarter project is to raise funds for the printing and binding of the limited edition Please Please Me chapter, which will be produced in a run of 500, and we'll never print any more. 

In addition to the standalone Please Please Me book, we will also be producing four limited edition prints of four selected song waveforms; Anna (Go To Him), Misery, I Saw Her Standing There and Chains. Each print will be hand-signed and numbered, and in limited edition runs of 50 per print (and we'll never be printing any more). 

The money raised will go towards printing, binding, materials and postage of the rewards, as well as additional design and layout costs. We will be using very high quality paper for the prints and the book, and it will be bound in the highest quality way possible. We will also be producing one-off packaging for each of the rewards, which will require printing and assembly. 

The prints

We're producing four limited edition prints, and we've produced some mock-ups of what the prints will look like once you've framed and hung them: 

From left to right, the prints above are Misery, Chains, I Saw Her Standing There (Sold Out) and Anna (Go To Him)

Quotes & Features

"Gorgeous infographics ... a fun, well laid out look at the data behind some of the catchiest and most influential songs ever written" - Gizmodo

"For Beatles superfans and data geeks, this book is a dream" - Column Five Media, authors of Visual Storytelling 

"Puts The Beatles back on the charts ... for any Beatles fan there's a lot to like" - Fast Company

"A gorgeous product ... I can't wait to get my hands on one of these copies!" - Tiny Light Bulbs (Project of the Day)

"What happens when data nerds consume a music album" - Kickstarter (Staff Pick and featured on Kickstarter's Projects We Love)

Rewards

We've created a series of rewards, including copies of the bound chapter, copies of the finished book and limited edition prints - take a look on the right and see which one suits you if you'd like to support the project. 

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STRETCH GOALS
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As we've now reached our initial funding target, we've added some stretch goals. Here's what we'll do if we reach the following amounts: 

£6K: We'll get the Please Please Me chapter and the waveforms printed to a higher quality - this means a heavier paper weight, improved printing options and generally a better final product.

£7K: We'll up the size of the limited edition chapter to A4 (currently planned to be printed between A4 and A5), and add a slightly heavier weight to the front and back covers. 

£8K: We'll add a signed certificate of authenticity to all limited edition pledges. Whether you're receiving a print, the limited edition chapter, all four prints or a signed chapter, we'll throw in a high quality printed certificate of authenticity, which will be hand signed by the authors. 

£10K: FREE postcard reward for all pledges of £15 and over (not including P&P). So if you've bought a copy of the chapter, or any pledge above that, you'll receive the five postcards completely free. 

£12K: FREE A3 print of Love Me Do for all pledges of £20 and over (not including P&P). This print isn't limited to a certain number, but we'll only print as many as needed for the Kickstarter campaign and we'll never do any more (please note the print isn't signed). 

£15K: If we reach this level of funding we'll do all of the above, as well as giving EVERY pledger (regardless of whether it's £1 or £500) a free set of Visualising The Beatles stickers and a hand-signed thank you note. We'll also give a free mystery, non-limited A3 print to all pledges of £20 and over (not including P&P) and add exclusive online content to the Visualising The Beatles website (with the URL only being sent out to Kickstarter backers). We'll also make a thank you video, which will include footage of us signing and packing your rewards!

Got something you'd like to see in our stretch goals? We're always happy to hear from our backers, so feel free to email me with suggestions - no promises, but it can't hurt to send through ideas!

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New Rewards!

As demand has been so strong, we've decided to add two brand new rewards, and so our current backers don't miss out, we'll be giving these away free to selected pledge levels if we reach our higher stretch goals!

The first of our new rewards is an A3 waveform print of Love Me Do. This print isn't signed and isn't limited to a certain number like the other four - we'll print as many as we need to for the Kickstarter rewards. Once these are printed though, we'll never do any more: 

We've also added a set of five postcards to the rewards, which will again be limited to the number we need to print for the Kickstarter campaign:

These postcards will be standard UK size, and won't be signed (mainly so you could use them if you wanted to). 

About the Authors

The book is researched, written and visualised by John Pring BA (hons) BA (hons) and Rob Thomas BA (hons), directors of renowned content creation agency Designbysoap Ltd. 

John is a data visualisation and content creation expert, who spends his days working on infographics and other content for some of the biggest brands on earth. He is also starting as a teacher of data design at New York University (NYU) in Spring 2014. 

Rob is an infographic specialist and expert in all things design, including graphic design, product design and even lighting design. He has worked with a wealth of major national and international brands and spends his days creating beautiful visualisations for the world's biggest companies. 

Between them, John and Rob have produced infographics and data visualisations for the likes of Google, AOL, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Ford, The European Commission, the NHS, Hard Rock, Yoko Ono, PayPal, Orange, Telefonica, O2, Nissan, Jeep and hundreds of others - they even helped promote Brad Pitt's World War Z with a bespoke infographic. 

Risks and challenges

The major challenge is getting everything printed and distributed on time, as all the graphics for the Please Please Me chapter are complete. However we're not overly concerned about being able to stick to our working schedule, as we work with a superb printing company and both the authors have a phenomenal amount of experience in delivering quality designs and products to strict deadlines. The real challenge lies with the full Visualising The Beatles publication, out in 2014/15 - we're currently in discussions with several high profile literary agents, so it's all about finding the right publisher to ensure we get an international release.

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Rewards

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    A big thank you and that warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping out a stranger.

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    An official thank you note on the Visualising The Beatles website, which will be up and running in early 2014.

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    I Saw Her Standing There print:
    A limited edition A3 print of the waveform for I Saw Her Standing There. Print will be hand-signed and numbered, and only 50 will ever be made.

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    Anna (Go To Him) print:
    A limited edition A3 print of the waveform for Anna (Go To Him). Print will be hand-signed and numbered, and only 50 will ever be made.

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    Chains print:
    A limited edition A3 print of the waveform for Chains. Print will be hand-signed and numbered, and only 50 will ever be made.

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    Misery print:
    A limited edition A3 print of the waveform for Misery. Print will be hand-signed and numbered, and only 50 will ever be made.

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    The set of five Visualising The Beatles postcards. We'll print as many as we need to for the Kickstarter campaign, and then never print any more!

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    The Love Me Do A3 print. We'll print as many as we need to for the Kickstarter campaign, and then never print any more!

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    31 backers Limited (219 left of 250)

    A copy of the bound Please Please Me chapter, which will be produced in a limited run of 500, and we will never print any more of them. Plus the £5 reward.

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    A signed copy of the bound Please Please Me chapter, which will be produced in a limited edition run of 500, and we will never print any more of them. Only 50 signed copies will be available. Plus the £5 reward

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    A signed copy of the bound Please Please Me chapter, which will be produced in a limited edition run of 500, and we will never print any more of them. Only 50 signed copies will be available. You will also get a printed thank you in the limited edition book! Plus the £5 reward

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    All four waveform prints: Got plenty of wall space? Get all four prints for a lower price - all four will be hand-numbered and signed, in a limited edition run of 50 (per print).

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    122 backers Limited (28 left of 150)

    A copy of the bound, limited edition Please Please Me Chapter, plus a copy of the full Visualising The Beatles book (out in 2014/15). The Please Please Me Chapter will be dispatched in March/April 2014 and the full book will be sent as soon as it's available. You also get the £5 reward

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    A signed copy of the bound Please Please Me chapter, which will be produced in a limited edition run of 500, and we will never print any more of them. Only 50 signed copies will be available. You will also get a copy of the full Visualising The Beatles book once it's available (2014/15). Plus the £5 reward.

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    Three copies of the bound Please Please Me chapter (for those who want extra copies for gifts), which will be produced in a limited run of 500, and we will never print any more of them. Plus the £5 reward.

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    A copy of the bound, limited edition Please Please Me Chapter, plus a copy of the full Visualising The Beatles book (out in 2014/15). The Please Please Me Chapter will be dispatched in March/April 2014 and the full book will be sent as soon as it's available. Also includes the Misery print. You also get the £5 reward

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    A copy of the bound, limited edition Please Please Me Chapter, plus a copy of the full Visualising The Beatles book (out in 2014/15). The Please Please Me Chapter will be dispatched in March/April 2014 and the full book will be sent as soon as it's available. You also get the £5 reward and the A3 Misery Print

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    A copy of the bound, limited edition Please Please Me Chapter, plus a copy of the full Visualising The Beatles book (out in 2014/15). The Please Please Me Chapter will be dispatched in March/April 2014 and the full book will be sent as soon as it's available. You also get the Love Me Do A3 print, plus the £5 reward

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    A limited edition, hand-signed print of the bound Please Please Me chapter. The book will be produced in a limited edition run of 500, and the signed versions will be limited to 50. PLUS all four waveform prints, each of which will be hand-numbered and signed, in a limited edition run of 50 (per print). Plus the £5 reward and a printed thank you in the limited edition book.

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    A signed copy of the bound limited edition chapter (limited edition run of 500, only 50 signed copies), plus a copy of the full Visualising The Beatles book once it's available, plus a print of your choice from the limited edition prints! Plus the £5 reward.

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    The Love Me Do A3 print, plus the Anna, Chains and Misery signed prints, plus the signed, limited edition Please Please Me chapter. You also get the Visualising The Beatles postcards, and the £5 reward!

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    A limited edition, hand-signed print of the bound Please Please Me chapter. The book will be produced in a limited edition run of 500, and the signed versions will be limited to 50. PLUS all four waveform prints, each of which will be hand-numbered and signed, in a limited edition run of 50 (per print). Plus a copy of the full Visualising nThe Beatles book once it's available, likely to be 2014/15. Plus the £5 reward and a printed thank you in the limited edition book.

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    A HAND-DRAWN, signed page of concept art from the authors. This will relate to one page from the book, and there are only ten available (your selection will be randomly chosen). Plus the limited edition print of the bound Please Please Me Chapter, and a copy of the full Visualising The Beatles book once it's available, likely to be 2014/15. Plus the A3 Love Me Do print, the £5 reward and a printed thank you in the limited edition book.

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    The Business Promotion Reward: Get your business name mentioned as a thank you in the front of the limited edition Please Please Me book, plus a personal thank you in the thanks section at the back of the book. You also get a copy of the bound chapter, a copy of the full Visualising The Beatles book with a hand-written thank you and a permanent banner advertisement on the Visualising The Beatles website (due to go live in Q1 2014). You also get the £5 reward, plus the book authors will be available for you to discuss future projects with anytime via phone or email.

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