About this project
LOVE. Some say it's a many splendored thing. Others will tell you that all you need is love. And everybody loves somebody sometime. But love is also strange. It can be a battlefield. Some would even say it bites. Especially when it's tainted.
For centuries poets, philosophers, princes and peasants have penned peans on the topic of love. But none of that can compare to the love stories told in modern popular music. Entire relationships are neatly summed up in two minutes and thirty seconds.
My name is Patrick King. I'm a graphic designer, educator and painter living in New York city. I'm very excited to present my first Kickstarter campaign featuring my Love Story posters. They're tales told in song, a mix tape in ink on paper featuring hits from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s, woven into a complex typographic puzzle.
Each of the four posters tells a love story, from hopeful beginning through falling in love, expressing its passion, the appearance of trouble and doubt, the inevitable breakup and its lonely aftermath. Told entirely via song titles from each decade. These aren't just a random selection of titles, each one was carefully chosen for its ability to further the narrative in an evocative and often humorous fashion.
I had a lot of fun making these and hope that you like them. Whether you're a music lover or just a lover of love, these will look great on the walls of your home or office.
Hundreds of hours went into designing each of these posters. Researching the charts from each decade, reviewing lyrics to ensure the song's title reflected its story, laying out the typographic patchwork and carefully kerning every word.
The posters will be silk screened in black ink on white 110 lb. recycled, acid-free French Paper by Kayrock Screenprinting in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They measure 15.5X24 inches and are unframed. They will be shipped in sturdy, protective mailing tubes. Shipping costs will be added to your pledge amount. Backers will be able to indicate their choice of posters via the survey upon completion of the campaign.
The genesis of these posters began with a spread from a souvenir booklet I designed for my 25th high school reunion. I wanted to pay tribute to the music we listened to, danced to, fell in love and broke up to in those hormone-filled days. Much of the music concerned love - and its discontents, so I created a spread which said "We learned everything we needed to know about love on the radio." on the left, with a list of hits the week we graduated. On the right I created a simpler version of what would become the 1970s Love Story poster. It hung on the wall in my home for years and many who saw it suggested I create a version for sale. So I did.
I initially released smaller color versions of the 1960s, 70s and 80s posters on my site; TypographyShop but felt that the typographic interplay was better expressed in black and white, so I printed a small run of larger silk screened prints of them. They've been very well received and I'm honored that these posters have been featured in HOW magazine as well as several design, lifestyle, poster and music blogs.
I've made a playlist on YouTube for each decade so that you can listen to all the featured songs in the order they appear in the posters. Click to hear the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s posters in medley form.
I founded TypographyShop in 2008 to serve my fellow designers and typophiles as well as the growing community of amateur type enthusiasts with a single offering. Paraphrasing Duchamp I released "Helvetica Neue Descending a T-shirt," to instant acclaim in the design blogosphere, largely thanks to web pioneer Jeffrey Zeldman's support and enthusiasm. We've been featured on hundreds of design blogs and publications since then and have shipped product to 42 countries. Our wares have been featured at the HOW Design Live and we conducted four successful sales on Fab.com during the height of its popularity.
While our niche market is a rather large one, given the expanding number of designers graduating every year, I nonetheless wanted to offer products that had a wider appeal to the general public and expand the shop's reach. The 3 themes of love, music and typography these posters address appeal to a very wide demographic. I will be creating more original poster themes down the road in addition to offering a wider array of design and typography related offerings both by me and other designers. I'm proud to be currently offering noted designer Jennifer Sterling's work in both signed and unsigned editions.
The posters will be printed by Kayrock Screenprinting in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. One of the most respected screen printers on the East Coast, Kayrock produces work for fine artists, galleries and museums as well as publishing their own editions. The French paper upon which they'll be printed on recycled paper which was manufactured with hydroelectric power, using waterbased inks. The press at Kayrock is powered by solar panels on the roof of their building.
I'd love it if you would contribute and have some great rewards for those who pledge. We're offering the posters to the Kickstarter community below retail price, especially for the early bird pledgers and those who pick up more than one. We've also got smaller color versions of the posters and combination rewards of our t-shirts along with the silk screened posters. I'll even design a text filled poster for you in the same style as these. You could pick up one of my paintings to go along with your posters.
If we raise 200% of our modest goal I will design a 1990s version of the poster and you'll have a chance to vote on which songs are featured.
With your pledge we can cut our costs by printing a larger edition and share these posters with a whole new audience. It would be wonderful if this Kickstarter campaign will do much more than allow us to print these posters.
TypographyShop has been a side project these past seven years and for the most part a one man operation. The amount of my time I'm able to devote to it has varied, depending upon client workload and teaching positions. I would love to grow the business with the goal of making it my principal source of revenue and feel that, properly marketed I could achieve that. I hope that the exposure our campaign brings will be the first step towards expanding the operation. Should we be fortunate enough to raise funds beyond our goal I will reinvest them in TypographyShop, printing more apparel inventory, bringing in a social media assistant and engaging in more advertising.
I would greatly appreciate your support in getting these posters to market. If you're a music lover or a lover of love, these posters will look great on your walls. I hope you enjoy them and will consider pledging to my campaign. Thanks for checking out my campaign. Have a lovely day.
Risks and challenges
There are few risks involved in completing this project. We will be working with a printer we've used in the past with an impeccable reputation for quality and timely delivery. We have a small team in place to fulfill the orders and should we be fortunate enough to have a ton of items to ship we will engage the services of a dedicated fulfillment house.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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