About this project
I’m Rob Saunders, Curator of the Letterform Archive. I’ve been collecting typography and letterforms of all kinds for 35 years. I created the Archive to share my passion and build community around the collection.
The CALENDAR is 12¾ x 13”, printed in five colors on 80 lb. Sappi Flo Dull cover stock and wire bound.
12 Rare Masterworks with 12 Fresh Faces
Each month features a rare masterwork from the Letterform Archive, exquisitely reproduced in high fidelity and full color, paired with a recent typeface carefully chosen to complement it. This curated selection of excellence in type design was developed with the collaboration of Stephen Coles, who discusses the selection process in this blog post. Scroll down for a sample monthly page.
232 Birthdays of Letter Artists
Each month also features about twenty birthdays of notable personalities in the letter arts whose work is represented in the Archive, the most extensive birthday list of its kind ever published. These artists are featured in the Artists of Letterform Game, the completed game board of which becomes the back cover of the calendar.
We will print as many calendars as are preordered, and it will not be reprinted. Don’t miss out!
For more details, including a gallery of all the featured images, click here.
Certain pledge levels include a set of twelve POSTCARDS featuring the same masterworks as the calendar, also printed in five colors on 80 lb. Sappi Flo Dull cover stock.
Every backer, regardless of support level, will also receive a download link for 12 calendar WALLPAPERS (computer desktop images) featuring the same twelve masterworks.
Every pledge means more beautiful typography out in the world, and more encouragement for the Letterform Archive, which is in its infancy today but has much more up its sleeve. Thank you for your support.
Domestic shipping is included in the purchase price. For other destinations, please add the amount indicated for each pledge level.
If you order more than one calendar, you can provide a separate shipping address for each, or have them all sent to one address.
Other Ways To Contribute
Help spread the word about the calendar—and the Archive—by sharing this link on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. (Use the Kickstarter share tools.)
Tweetimonials for the Letterform Archive
"If you appreciate why high fidelity equipment exists for good audio, you'll appreciate @LettArc for type." - Christopher Slye (@ChristopherSlye), San Francisco, CA
"I think Letterform Archive might be my new favourite Twitter person." - Pat Armstrong (@poisontofu), Australia
“These Dwiggins samples Rob Saunders is showing are amazing.” - Neil Patel (@greyletter), Portland, ME
"I confess I didn’t know who Rob Saunders was until recently. But I’m so grateful for @LettArc. Sharing knowledge makes the world go round." - Caren Litherland (@litherland), New York, NY
"@LettArc these are tremendous. Please keep it up!" - Kris Sowersby (@klimtypefoundry), New Zealand
"Excelente infografía." José María Cerezo (@cerezoom), Spain
“I love being able to see the compass pinholes and pen strokes. :) Nice scan/photo!" - Abby Larsen (@abberdab), Portland, OR
Risks and challenges
The design and photography of the Letterforms & Birthdays 2014 calendar, the postcards, and the wallpapers is complete. We have detailed price quotes and reserved press time from a reputable Bay Area printer, so costs and viability are established. The finished product will be ready to ship two weeks after the Kickstarter ends. We anticipate a ship date in early December, well in time for the New Year (overseas shipping will take a little longer).
The biggest risk is a production delay created by circumstances beyond our control. Mitigating this risk is the fact that I have twelve years of experience in print publishing, including many successful calendar projects.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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