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Florian "Doc" KapsBy Florian "Doc" Kaps
First created
Florian "Doc" KapsBy Florian "Doc" Kaps
First created
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19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 10 2018 2:45 PM UTC +00:00.

About

HOW TO SAVE THIS LINOTYPE

Very honestly, even after some successfully completed impossible missions, saving this giant Linotype machine is not at all a piece of creamy cake.

Especially because the mission is NOT to just save it from scrap and bring it into a museum or showroom. NO, the essentially important part of our adventure is to RELOCATE this unique and super rare piece of technology to our new workshop and RESTART it with next generation operators. Developing a whole portfolio of new products which would be impossible to produce without it.

This adds a hefty chunk of complexity, but together with Willy Kolleger and several professional partners we have developed a clever masterplan to protect and caress every single part and detail so as the beautiful old lady will not at all be offended.

With your support, we can make it!

WHY SAVING A LINOTYPE DINOSAUR?

Linotype was the first letter-assembling machine in history that made it possible to print text without the complicated and time-consuming process of arranging each and every word by hand. TODAY, the iconic Linotype is the ULTIMATE MACHINE to produce and print text in an all analog way.

We do believe that exactly this all analog way enables us to manufacture one-of-a-kind products, with a very special feel that we love to describe as "magic". Not everybody can feel this yet, but more and more people all around the world re-discover this aspect in our increasingly digital world.

Therefore we started to develop a whole series of magic products that can only be produced by using the wonderful Linotyope machine of Mr. Kolleger.

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WHAT YOU GET

We decided to celebrate the future of magic Linotype products with a small selection of pieces we carefully developed with Mr. Kolleger, Anna and Christian in preparation for this Kickstarter project. Magic products, especially produced for YOU, our brave backers, with all our analog heart and passion.

Please allow us to present you a small gallery and some previews of our final selection (find more details and pricing over there on the right in the reward section).

--> YOU NAME IT!

YOUR NAME TATTOOED TO THE LINOTYPE
YOUR NAME TATTOOED TO THE LINOTYPE

Each and every name of our backers in this section will be carefully "tattooed" onto the LINOTYPE, using our beloved Letraset transfer fonts. 

--> LAZY LINOTYPE POSTCARD SET!

THE LAZY LINOTYPE POSTCARD SET
THE LAZY LINOTYPE POSTCARD SET

Exclusive set of 10 handprinted postcards in different colors. Developed for lazy writers with several lines of pristine LINOTYPE text pre-printed, leaving some blanks for your own words. Never before has it been that easy to "write" super sophisticated postcards in just a few seconds. Even easier than downloading an e-mail template.

--> LAZY LINOTYPE PHOTO POSTCARD!

LAZY LINOTYPE PHOTO POSTCARD
LAZY LINOTYPE PHOTO POSTCARD

Exclusive set of 5 handprinted postcards in different colors. Same "lazy writer" concept as above BUT with the possibility to easily PIMP the card with a POLAROID. 

Cards will be delivered unfolded with double sided adhesive tape inside - after inserting the Polaroid, you simply fold and fix the card without the need of extra glue (Super smart, to be honest.)

--> NEW** LAZY LINOTYPE CARD COMBO

Due to public demand we are happy to add this new reward! Combining the Lazy LINOTYP POSTCARD SET (10 pieces, different colors) with the Lazy LINOTYPE PHOTO POSTCARD SET (5 pieces, different colors)

*NEW* LAZY POSTCARD COMBO
*NEW* LAZY POSTCARD COMBO

--> HARD TO SAY MESSAGE CARDS!

HARD TO SAY - LINOTYPE MESSAGE CARDS
HARD TO SAY - LINOTYPE MESSAGE CARDS

Fat collection of 50! colorful message cards with the most important messages and phrases that are so super important but so hard to say in all the zillions of difficult situations life has to offer.

These cards might be your most valuable companion from now on, as they can be easily and proudly shared whenever words have a hard time to cross your trembling lips. Believe us, not only 'sorry' seems to be the hardest word.

--> LINOTYPE SUPERHERO PAPERWEIGHT!

LINOTYPE SUPERHERO PAPERWEIGHT
LINOTYPE SUPERHERO PAPERWEIGHT

This very special reward has been developed together with our genius blood brothers Krieger & Dworsky. It consists of a super nice piece of oiled oak wood, mounted onto a solid pedestal of iron, holding not only your handprinted LINOTYPE SUPERHERO certificate but also the original slug (line of words cast by the Linotype) used to print this certificate with!!

Two versions of title / certificate are available: BARONESS OF LETTERPRESS for all the ladies and BRAVE KNIGHT OF LINOTYPE for all the gentlemen who decide to back this project, clicking on this unique reward (of course also to be used as very special photo holder if you decide to frame your certificate).

--> YOUR PERSONAL LINOTYPE CARDSET!

YOUR PERSONAL LINOTYPE CARD SET
YOUR PERSONAL LINOTYPE CARD SET
These cards do have up to 3 lines of your text, printed on one side
These cards do have up to 3 lines of your text, printed on one side

OK - slowly we are reaching the supreme highlights of this adventure. If you choose this reward, you will very soon be the proud owner of the maybe most special (business) card set on the planet. You can send us  text for 3 lines, that we will produce with the unique Linotype machine. Thereafter we will print 100 pieces of high quality cards onto super soft and thick natural paper, paint the edges by hand and put these 100 sumptuous cards into a nice box TOGETHER with the 3 cast lines we linotyped for YOU only!

This does not just look supercool but als will enable you to re-order more cards in the future by just sending us the lines, ordering new cards for a special Kickstarter backer deal.

--> LIMITED COMPANY BUSINESS CARD SET!

SUPER HIGH END  LINOTYPE COMPANY BUSINESS CARD SET
SUPER HIGH END LINOTYPE COMPANY BUSINESS CARD SET
Up to 4 lines of your text, printed on one side and a special all analog design at the front!
Up to 4 lines of your text, printed on one side and a special all analog design at the front!

Especially for the most analog, most real, most fantastico companies of the world we decided to offer a very special business card edition which has been originally developed for just our Supersense selves. These unique cards feature up to 4 lines of your personal Linotype text on the back AS WELL AS A SUPER SPECIAL LETTERPRESS DESIGN exclusively developed for your company / brand / adventure with and by our print bossa Anna in our all analog workshop in Vienna. This exclusive, strictly limited set will only be available to 5 backers and very honestly is your chance to provide your 5 most important and passionate team members with nothing less but super magic business cards. Please trust us - these cards will add value, love, pride, awareness and respect to your mission at the very first touch.

--> LINOTYPE ADVENTURE DAY!

GRANDE VIENNA LINOTYPE ADVENTURE DAY
GRANDE VIENNA LINOTYPE ADVENTURE DAY

It is our true pleasure to herewith cordially invite you to a very special all analog LINOTYPE ADVENTURE day to Vienna. We are prepared to delight you with simply the most breathtaking collection of things money just can buy. Not only will you have the opportunity to operate the Linotype machine yourself and realize your very personal creative print project at our manufactory; we will also take a very special, super rare, giant Polaroid portrait of yourself (20x24 inch) with the world's biggest Polaroid camera. On top of this we will organize a very special PRIVATE DINNER prepared and hosted by the SUPERSENSE founders at our Venetian Palace. 

After all these adventures you will probably need some all anlog rest and there is no better place for your comfort and the perfect happy conclusion of this unique day than the ALL ANALOG SUITE of our partner '25hours Hotel'!!

(Please be aware that we can not afford to also cover your travel costs.)

WHY NOW?

Because, after decades dedicated to analog printing, Mr. Kolleger has decided to retire and will close the doors of his workshop. Founded in 1976 and having been run ever since, this amazing Linotype workshop has been coping with all the changes in printing technology for decades. We can not thank this wonderful gentleman enough that he supported us to start learning the Linotype in order to connect his beloved machine with the next generation. Inventing new all analog products in a more and more digital world. Creating the basis for the future of LINOTYPE.

Time to start the next chapter
Time to start the next chapter

By  the end of this year Mr. Kolleger finally has to give up his magic workshop in the heart of Vienna and therefore we do not have much time left to move the machine to a new location. THANK GOD WE FOUND CHRISTIAN, who has a superb background in printing and was ready to dive into this new adventure and learn from Mr. Kolleger, the true master of Linotype!!!

Passing on expertise
Passing on expertise

Together we developed these Kickstarter products and already produced the prototypes you see above. NOW it's time to act and move this wonderful monster to a new location and start the future.

WHO WE ARE

Our mission and goal at Supersense is to prevent the demise of analog technologies and give them a home in a digital age. By (re)discovering and presenting analog producers, products and technologies we restore the analog realm to its rightful place in the digital world - against all odds and prophecies.

At our all analog manufactory we are letterpress printing record covers, postcards and more, based on the very original printing principles and techniques, exclusively working with pure analog tools like antique types and hand-cut linoleum printing plates.

Doc - Founder of many "Impossible Projects", most importantly the rescue of the last Polaroid factory in 2008
Doc - Founder of many "Impossible Projects", most importantly the rescue of the last Polaroid factory in 2008

Florian "Doc" best known for his success in keeping the very last Polaroid film production facility based in Enschede, The Netherlands, up and running. Resulting in the suprising global comeback of instant film to the market. His current, Vienna-based venture SUPERSENSE has the mission and goal of preventing the demise of analog technologies and giving them a home in a digital age. 

Christian, amazing next generation Linotype wizard
Christian, amazing next generation Linotype wizard

Christian. Just like his father, Christian already looks back at a lifetime full of printery, and chances are, that it's no longer blood but magenta running through his veins. Having grown-up in a printer family enterprise he is a skilled printer, whose master taught him the art of printing on nothing less but a Linotype machine. His love for this machine was so tremendous that a few years later he became an owner of a Linotype machine himself. But as regular business with his machine shrank, he couldn't afford keeping it any longer and donated it to the Lower Austrian Industry Museum. His excitement to operate a Linotype machine now again for you and Supersense can't be described in words but only felt in the letters which he's producing.

Anna Tatu - the bravest all analog printer who nearly sacrificed her pinky finger in one of our endeavours
Anna Tatu - the bravest all analog printer who nearly sacrificed her pinky finger in one of our endeavours

Anna is not only a newly graduated installation artist from the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts but also the chief printer and artist at Supersense. Here she's dancing all day between wood type and lead type, beating her rhythm on these old printing machines that incite activity and life. Anna jumps from intuition to perfection and back to the joy of doing things with her hands, feeling structures, grasping ideas like objects. As a technician, she is always in search of better results, as an artist she has an eye for even the finest hair to draw or print or cut or emboss - creating the most special print artworks at the Supersense printery.

Willy Kolleger and his Linotype
Willy Kolleger and his Linotype

Willy Kolleger is key to the success of this adventure. He never gave up to fight for his magic machine and this radical technology, and only because of his energy we had the chance to learn about the Linotype and fall in everlasting love. Before finally enjoying his retirement after almost 60 years of hard work, Mr. Kolleger agreed to support us the best he can in order to re-locate and re-start his beloved machine. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR ANALOG HEARTS!!!

HOW YOUR MONEY WILL BE USED

On the one hand, supporting our project and pre-paying for your favorite rewards will enable us to pre-finance the best quality materials for simply the best Linotype rewards of all time.

On the other hand, and most importantly, only the success of this Kickstarter campaign will provide us with the funds essentially needed to do something almost impossible:

Together with our heavy duty partner Mr. Schandl, who is specialized on super carefully re-locating and re-starting magic print equipment, we will

>> Carefully take apart the LINOTYPE, so it can be re-located

>> Also carefully pack and relocate all other items which are essential for building the future of Linotype, most importantly the big collection of type sets

>> Moving these tools to a new location next door to our existing manufactory (the former house keeper apartment)

Our Vienna Manufactory
Our Vienna Manufactory
The new home for the Linotype
The new home for the Linotype

>> Preparing this Rumpelkammer as new home for the Linotype, which will include some modifications in the door with, the power and water supply,...

>> Re-assembling and setting up the machine, slowly starting it up again

>> Training Christian as new generation Linotype operator to perfection and beyond

All these actions will cost more than 7.777 EUR but with the success of this Kickstarter project we will have the seed financing we urgently need for a good kick-off to make this dream a reality.

ABOUT THE LINOTYPE MACHINE 

Ottmar Mergenthaler
Ottmar Mergenthaler

Thomas Edison called the Linotype machine the "Eighth Wonder of the World". Developed by the US American inventor Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1884, the Linotype revolutionized typesetting, especially newspaper publishing - making it possible for a relatively small number of operators to set type for many pages on a daily basis. Before the Linotype, daily newspapers were limited to eight pages.

The name of the machine comes from the fact that it produces an entire line of metal type at once - a "line-o'-type". This was a significant improvement over the previous industry standard, i.e., manual, letter-by-letter typesetting using a composing stick and drawers of letters.

Setting type by hand
Setting type by hand

The machine assembles matrices, which are molds for the letter forms, in a line. The assembled line is then cast as a single piece, called a slug, of type metal in a process known as hot metal typesetting. The matrices are then returned to the type magazine from which they came, to be reused later. This allows much faster typesetting and composition than original assembling by hand in which operators place down one pre-cast glyph (metal letter, punctuation mark or space) at a time.

Setting type with a Linotype keyboard
Setting type with a Linotype keyboard

Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence. The highly-skilled operators of the Linotype struggle against time - if their skills are not passed along to a new generation of operators, the machine will die completely.

To understand these machines and their magic better, we warmly recommend you to watch LINOTYPE - THE FILM, a stunning, feature-length documentary by Doug Wilson, Brandon Goodwin and Jess Heugel. 

LINOTYPE THE FILM
LINOTYPE THE FILM

CREDITS:

Georg Schandl & and his fabulous team with all their expertise skills even the highest printing machine mountains can be moved and restarted

A-Team for all their endless muscle power when lifting heavy treasures to our new print heaven

Michael Luger for his availability and passion to always put our stories into the right light and moving images

Mrs. Kolleger for sharing her husband with us in this crazy adventure

Doug Wilson, Brandon Goodwin & Jess Heugel for capturing the magic of Linotype like no one else in their film "Linotype The Film" and providing us with stills for our campaign.

Risks and challenges

LOW RISK
When transferring the LINOTYPE machine from Mr. Kolleger to our next generation workshop, parts can move and shift. BUT - with our experienced printing machine mover Mr. Georg Schandl, re-adjusting single mechanical components can be done in a way that guarantees impeccable operation.
Moreover, Mr. Kolleger has a huge collection of spare parts for repair and promised to help us re-building and operating his LINOTYPE.
As an honest summary, we only see one super scary risk: NOT raising enough budget in order to move these machines before the demolition teams enter the old workshop.

HIGHEST RISK
If this project doesn't get funded we'll see the another one of the very few linotype machines go and the threat of this technology becoming completely extinct becomes real.

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    Warm virtual handshake

    Every single Euro/Dollar counts and is urgently needed to save this wonderful machine. We will personally thank you with a digital handshake for your help. Carefully converted from analog and sent to you by e-mail.

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    You name it!

    Your name will be carefully "tattooed" on one of the most sexy parts of our Linotype with legendary Letraset typeface, so your name will be with us and this iconic machine for all eternity and beyond.

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    Lazy Linotype Postcard

    A very special exclusive Linotype product developed for everybody who loves postcards but does not exactly know what to write. These cards are simply adorable with their minimalistic letterpress design and a smart Linotyped pre-printed text with clever gaps you can fill in easily with just a few words. Producing sophisticated postcards faster and more efficient than e-mail.

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    Lazy Linotype PHOTO Postcard

    A pimped up version of the already legendary lazy Linotype postcard. For all lovers of Polaroid pictures and Photo Love Stories. The genius foldable design of this postcard allows you to garnish your most analog message with your favorite Polaroid. No extra glue needed! With 75 percent guarantee to win anyone's heart.

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    LAZY LINOTYPE CARD COMBO

    Due to public demand we are happy to introduce this new special reward for our lazy writers.
    This Combo that consist of 10 Lazy Postcards AND 5 Lazy Photo Postcards will provide you with everything you need to write the most sophisticated love cards within seconds and without the need of exactly 16 words.

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    Hard to Say - Linotype Message Cards

    How should we put it? Well - sometimes there are things that are very hard to say, even if it feels super important to not hold back and FINALLY be truly honest. For exactly these moments we carefully collected the most urgently needed 50 things that seem unimaginable to tell, so you are perfectly prepared for your next "hard to say" moment. Simply select your beautifully printed, colorful message and hand it over with a relaxed smile on your face. MINDBLOWING!! GAMECHANGING!! TRY IT.

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    Linotype Superhero Paperweight

    This very special reward has been developed together with our genius blood brothers Krieger & Dworsky. It consists of a super nice piece of oiled oak wood, mounted onto a pedestal of solid analog iron, holding not only your handprinted Linotype SUPERHERO certificate but also the original physical Linotype slug (line) cast exclusively to print this certificate!! Of course female as well as male versions are available - are you ready to be crowned as BARONESS OF LETTERPRESS or dubbed BRAVE KNIGHT OF LINOTYPE?

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    Your personal Linoytpe Card

    EARLY BIRD
    Limited for 22 backers we would be very happy to produce your personal Linotype cards with all our pride and passion here at our printshop and new Linotype manufactory in Vienna at a very special early bird price as soon as we could rescue the magic machine with your support.

    The only problem we have to make you aware of is that it might be hard for you to part with these cards because each and every one is adorable.

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    • Your personal 3 cast Linotype text lines included!
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    Your personal Linoytpe Card

    Maybe the most special high quality personal cards ever produced. Each card will be imprinted with 3 Linotype text lines we will produce according to your input. Celebrating the very best of Linotype / Letterpress printing combined with high quality paper and all our love and expertise.

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    • 100 Super Special Personal Linotype Cards
    • Your personal 3 cast Linotype text lines included!
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    High End Linotype Business Card Set

    SET OF 5 x 100 CARDS. Exclusively for the 10 most analog, most real, most fantastico companies in the world we decided to offer a very special business card edition which has been originally developed for just our Supersense selves.
    These unique cards feature up to 4 lines of your personal Linotype text on the back AS WELL AS A SUPER SPECIAL ALL ANALOG LETTERPRESS DESIGN exclusively developed for YOUR beloved company / brand / adventure with and by our print bossa Anna in our all analog workshop in Vienna.
    This exclusive, strictly limited set will only be available to 10 backers and very honestly is your chance to provide your 5 most important and passionate team members with nothing but super magic business cards.
    Please trust us - these cards will add value, love, pride, awareness and respect to your mission at the very first touch.

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    • 5 x 100 Customized Linotype Cards
    • Linotyp letterpressed on the back side (up to 4 lines)
    • Special customized all analog design on the front side
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    LINOTYPE ADVENTURE DAY

    We cordially invite YOU to our SUPERSENSE palace and all analog Manufactory in Vienna for an all analog LINOTYPE ADVENTURE DAY you will never forget, stuffed with these unique experiences:

    >> Linotype machine introduction / demonstration

    >> Production of your personal print project with our team

    >> Exclusive DINNER with the SUPERSENSE founders at our Venician palace in Vienna

    >> Unique giant 20x24 Polaroid portrait

    >> Analog Suite reserved for you at the 25hours Hotel in Vienna

    (Please be aware that we can NOT take care of your travel costs to and from Vienna.)

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    Your Personal Linotype Card

    SUPER EARLY BIRD
    Only if you choose this reward NOW, you very soon will be the proud owner of the maybe most special (business) card set on the planet. (For unbelievable super limited early bird costs!) If this campaign succeeds you will be invited to send us the text for 3 personal lines, that we will produce with the unique Linotype machine. Thereafter we will print 100 pieces of high quality cards onto super soft and thick natural paper, paint the edges by hand and put these 100 treasure cards into a nice box TOGETHER with the 3 cast lines we linotyped for only YOU!

    This does not just look supercool but als will enable you to re-order more cards in the future by just sending us the lines, ordering new cards at a special kickstarter backer deal.

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    • Your personal 3 cast Linotype text lines included!
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