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This is a book about graphic design and culture.
This is a book about graphic design and culture.
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A launch party. An exhibition. A website. Some events. And, of course, your rewards.

Posted by Ian Lynam (Creator)
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What the book actually looks like! (Yes, that's a die-cut.)
What the book actually looks like! (Yes, that's a die-cut.)

Greetings, citizens!! I come bearing the best of news!

1. The book and all of the other rewards were printed, delivered, and are on their way to you/will be on their way to you within the next 3 days!.. that is, unless you haven't filled out the Kickstarter survey yet, which some folks haven't... 

Launch party and exhibition!
Launch party and exhibition!

2. The kind folks at Ultrasupernew in Harajuku (notably USN Principal and PIO backer Mike Sheetal) has offered up their really super-duper-nice gallery space for a launch party and an exhibition of my work from the past decade in Tokyo that is going to run the bulk of the month of July. (Thank you, Mike!!!) 

So, folks—the opening/launch party is on July 10th from 6pm to 9pm. Bring your dancin' shoes, because Tokyo's Mystery Meat DJ crew are going to be serving up bangers galore!!

Invite your friends—this party's for everyone!

Parting It Out microsite!
Parting It Out microsite!

3. The Parting It Out microsite has launched—regular, non-super-powered folk can purchase a copy of the book (but not the poster/posters/zine/et al, because that was for you and you alone) here:

http://part.ianlynam.com

4. I'm going to be demoing the new Adobe Shape CC app in conjunction with Illustrator (and of course, Kimbo) at these events:

I'll be designing posters from assets provided by the audience, printing them out, giving them away, and watching you drink free drinks at both events while I sweat (and probably drink free drinks, too) while showing the people how beziers should be drawn.

And that, my friends, is the news. See you on the dancefloor!!

Best,
Ian

Scene report: Press check!

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We headed into the wilds of Niigata, Japan to do the press check and figure out some last-minute details for the book's production yesterday. I made a little video update below which shows where we are at in the process.

The music is a cover of the Mountain Goats "Blues in Dallas" by 1999, courtesy of Audio Dregs Recordings. (1999 was a project by E*Rock a.k.a. Eric Mast, one of my best friends in the universe. If you can procure a copy of the 1999 unreleased demo, I highly recommend it!)

Next, some good news and some bad news. 

I'm a 'bad news first' kind-of-guy, so let's start there. Parting It Out is one week behind schedule, and will ship the first week of July, not the last week of June. My apologies for this—we had a few technical snags along the way which we have now sorted out.

Some of the 10 fancy new colors.
Some of the 10 fancy new colors.

 Then, there's the good news:

  • the book is now being printed in 10 colors
  • we added a die cut
  • there's some foil in there
  • wait until you see the cover!
  • it's on-budget!
  • we bumped up the quality of the paper that the poster is on
  • the zine will be going to press shortly
Spot color looking good...
Spot color looking good...

I'll just leave it at that for now. Gigantic thanks to Akiyama Shin for hanging out with us in Niigata, taking us to a lovely dinner, and for introducing us to the amazing, amazing printer, Kousoku Printing Co., Ltd!

The next update will be about how we get the book in your hands either via the mail or at the release party!

Thanks!!

Best,
Ian

Campaign: Over!

Posted by Ian Lynam (Creator)
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I was at a friend's office doing some consulting when the campaign ended at 3pm JST. I looked at him and just breathed a heavy sigh of relief―the past 30 days of hope, worrying, incessant social media, checking my phone at every vibration, writing newsletters, crafting updates, presentation-giving, video-making, and trying to fit my life in between (teaching, designing, writing, editing, and attempting to be something other than a sleep-deprived shambles of a husband), plus some family birthdays, weddings, and a ton of other stuff were finally over. We generated enough backing so that after the associated fees, there actually will be $25K worth there to fund this project.

I rested my head on my chin and my mind flicked back to the end of the second day of the campaign. I was hanging out with my pals Craig Mod and Hikari Ohta over at Hikari's pad drinking some wine, and Craig said, "Well, dude, you're a salesman now. I know you're not gonna like it, but you gotta do it—you started this thing." Craig knows—he's been through this.

He was right, (and why does Craig Mod always get to be right all the time?… Oh, that's right, he knows me too well…) I didn't particularly like it (and I had NO idea how much work it was going to be!)—it was exciting, but I felt cringe-y bothering folks, but I did it anyway—I put on my 'that guy' hat and tried to pitch it to everyone in the most positive, excited, honest, way possible, because while I don't enjoy this type of PR very much, I really and truly do believe in this project. The outcome will outweigh the occasionally slightly-heavy heart that I had in pushing this project, and apparently, other folks believe this, too. Thank you for this (and if the burden of so many updates/Tweets/mails/Facebook posts/Instagram posts was ever annoying, I apologize).

I am so honored that so many people supported this project and will continue to do so as it is heralded into physical/digital form and heads out into the world. I am profoundly lucky. I have an amazing community of people all over the world who pitched in to make this happen. Thank you.

Colomba Cruz Elton
Colomba Cruz Elton

And speaking of humans, the very last person to contribute to the campaign was none of other than LA designer Colomba Cruz Elton, shown here with her design studio partner and fellow Parting It Out backer Kat Catmur (lurking around in the ol' dust mask and short shorts combo). Thanks for lookin' out, sister(s)!!

From this point, I'll be digging into the hybrid job of editing and designing in earnest, as well as all of the other aspects of production that fulfilling rewards and getting the book and the associated objects out there will take. I'm going to be busy as heck for the next chunk of time, but I am really looking forward to it. (And thank you everyone (!) for providing me with this time.)

Once things are closer to wrapped-up and we near the ship date, I will post another update, and http://part.ianlynam.com will switch from redirecting here to the microsite for the book (which is already programmed and ready to go—just need actual books first!).

Thanks, my peoples—you are the ruling-est.

More from this end sooner than you think!

Best,
Ian

24 hours left!

Posted by Ian Lynam (Creator)

24 hours left in the Parting It Out Kickstarter campaign! Wooooo!!!!

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36 hours: Full disclosure. Full contact.

Posted by Ian Lynam (Creator)
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36 hours left on this campaign. We met the initial funding goal collectively, and for this, I thank you!

 A few things you should know:

- The biggie: the book won't be the cyan color you've seen this whole time. ;) Hold your breath on that one... But cheat a little bit, because the result is going to be breathtaking!

- Extra goodies will be coming to everyone who backed the project (and they won't be wack discards/shelf cleanings/etc.)

- I played clean the whole time. I have been barraged with really annoying marketing emails and proposals throughout the whole campaign by third-party services the entire time by folks who seek to capitalize on the Kickstarter platform. I have not used any of them. I have reported most as spam when contacted directly through Kickstarter and have told services who have contacted me indirectly, "Thank you, but no thank you". This campaign is the result of something organic.

- We will be doing the order fulfillment ourselves. We've been contacted by a number of companies offering various services for order fulfillment, but we have a teensy distribution operation, and we can handle it. It is small, but because of that, we can pay attention to detail. As I mentioned, I've been making 'zines since I was 14, and that means doing mailorder since I was 14. I LOVE THE MAIL!!! Each and every one of you spent money that you worked hard for on this project. We will honor that.

The long and short of this is:
We will do right by you.

I am from a generation of people who embody the DIY way of life. What you see is what you get. This extends to this project in total.The tape that is on the envelope that you get with your rewards from this campaign will be applied by me or my partner Yuki. No interns. The mailing label for the return address will be typeset in one of our fonts. I will be schlepping to the ¥100 store (the equivalent of the local dollar store) for the envelopes. I will be transporting filled reward packages via cardboard box on skateboard (gently) to our local post office and wading through the countless amounts of paperwork myself with the awesome folks who work there. We're already friends with them (especially the amazing, sweet old guy with the twinkle in his eye!), and that's so much of why I choose to live in Japan: scale

(And superior service.) 

(And cute stuff.) 

(And attention to detail.) 

(And plentiful, clean public bathrooms.) 

(And legal outdoor drinking.) 

(And amazing food.) 

(And no guns.)

TMI? Yup. Batten the hatches, folks! 36 hours left!!!