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Massif CentralBy Massif Central
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Massif CentralBy Massif Central
First created
£15,945
pledged of £55,000pledged of £55,000 goal
67
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 10 2016 11:15 AM UTC +00:00

About

WHAT WE DO - We design beautiful memento artworks of sporting and other achievements.

THE AIM - Help us build an online portal - 'The Massifier' - for people to create their own bespoke artworks of their achievements.

WHAT THEY SAY - Chris Froome - Winner of the 2013, 2015 & 2016 Tour de France "The MassifCentral Limited Edition 100th Tour de France print is awesome."

PS - You can find images of all our Rewards at the bottom of the page... 

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WHAT WE DO

MassifCentral (MaCe) illustrate achievements; turning your life-changing challenges, unforgettable holidays and great journeys into sophisticated infographic artworks that also tell the story behind the effort and the enjoyment. 

MassifCentral was set up two years ago. After completing a long distance cycle adventure with a bunch of friends, we wanted to create a different kind of memento to give to each member of the group. Instead of the usual photos, medals or certificate, we wanted something that was beautiful in its own right and that could tell the story of the experience at the same time.

 

That first design quickly led us to start producing similar artworks for other people. Whether the achievement be cycling, running, triathlon, skiing, hiking, sailing or something else, we've always worked to produce prints that remain true to those early principles of beauty and story-telling. And the reaction we've had to our designs has been brilliant.

Initially this work was all done pretty much by hand. We manually traced route profiles and worked out angles using the most basic of tools. Each artwork took weeks, if not months, to produce. Over the course of time we have refined our techniques, streamlined our processes and expanded the possibilities. But, even with some initial software that we developed last year, building each artwork is still a very labour intensive process that stops us from reaching more people.

AIMS

We want to develop an intuitive, user-controlled online portal that allows people to create their own bespoke Massif Central artworks; easily pulling in their own GPX data, making choices about look and size from our carefully curated designs, and adding their own thoughts and memories to an automatically populated geography. We will still print everything individually, and pack and ship with the same love and care we do now.

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The initial software we have developed so far is great. But it's only the seed of what we need. It's not an outward facing item and it needs expanding and testing on all platforms. It needs to interface with Strava and Google Maps. It needs to help customers make decisions about what to include and what to exclude. It needs to be simple and clever at the same time, allowing people to create, preview, save and order their own memento artworks.

 

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We know what we need to do to achieve this. We have the skilled people lined up to do it. What we don’t have is the funding to put the wheels in motion. That is what we are looking for here..

TIMESCALE

May 2014 - Massif Central Launched 

May 2015 - Initial Software Development Started 

November 2015 - Initial Software Delivered 

November 2016 - Kickstarter 

December 2016 - Developed Software Development To Begin 

January 2017 - First Rewards Delivered 

March 2017 - Developed Software Completion 

April-May 2017 - Developed Software Testing / Soft launch 

May 2017 - Developed Software Launch

Thanks for reading. We hope you will join with us on our next great adventure.

James & Howard

TESTIMONIALS

- John Degenkolb - Winner of the 2015 Milan-Sanremo & Paris-Roubaix "Very nice work. Both [the Sanremo and Roubaix prints] have a good place in my home."

- Matt Hinton - Haute Route 2014 participant "A great souvenir from an awesome experience. I love it."  

- Tiffany Cromwell - Winner of 2013 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad "Thanks to MassifCentral for creating my beautiful and special bespoke print."

- The Guardian - "Massif Central: A Small Business to Watch in 2016"

 

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Risks and challenges

Software Development can sometimes be subject to delays. However we believe that our first round of software has addressed many of the key tripping points and that, having worked with that for almost a year, we are well positioned to build upon that to create a more user-friendly, checkout-integrated version.

We will seek to overcome remaining stumbling blocks by retaining an invested development team who have the experience not only to deliver the project, but who will also stay on as the company's Chief Technical Officer and I.T. Support to maintain and further develop the system after completion.

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    Exclusive Digital Artwork

    - REWARD 1 -
    Exclusive to Kickstarter.

    Receive an exclusive MassifCentral artwork and a heartfelt Thank You from the MassifCentral team!

    Includes:
    • Digital Artwork
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    MassifCentral Supporter Set

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    Choose between our Grand Tour or Spring Classics postcard sets and also received our exclusive Massif Central digital artwork and woven patch.

    We will contact you to confirm your postcard set choice.

    Free UK Delivery.

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    • Woven MassifCentral Patch
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    MassifCentral Backer Bundle

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    Exclusive for our Kickstarter campaign; a set of five different Tour De France coasters.Sign up for this pledge and also received our a MassifCentral digital artwork and woven patch.

    Choose between Felt or Timber.
    We will contact you after the Kickstarter to confirm your choice.

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    MassifCentral x Patternity T-shirt

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    Specially designed for our Kickstarter campaign, these T-shirts feature a collaboration between Massif Central and the wonderfully talented folks over at Patternity.org - who are on a lifelong mission to inspire positivity through pattern & design.

    Inspired by our core sports of Cycling, Running and Triathlon, each T-shirt features a radial pattern based on simple symbols representing each discipline.

    We will contact you after the Kickstarter to confirm your size and design choice.

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    Exclusive MassifCentral Artwork

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    Specially designed for our Kickstarter campaign, these artworks will not be available for general sale.

    'Requiem For a Grand Tour' draws inspiration from the route profiles of the last 5 editions of the Tour de France and the key moments of those races.

    Size: A2 - 420 x 594 mm | 16.5 x 23.4 in

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    Bespoke Achievement Artwork & Print

    - REWARD 6 -

    Special Offer

    Can't wait for The Massifier? Take advantage of our special prices for bespoke prints during the Kickstarter campaign.

    We will take your achievement data and create a unique artwork for you.

    Includes Artworking and Print.

    Please pledge according to the duration of your achievement:

    Pledge £115 for 1-2 Day Achievements - A3

    Pledge £225 for 3-5 Day Achievements - A3

    Pledge £415 for 6-10 Day Achievements - A2

    Pledge £630 for 11-15 Day Achievements - A2

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    MassifCentral Wedding Artwork

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    The ultimate wedding gift.

    Let MassifCentral illustrate the life-journeys taken by the bride and groom from the time and place they were born to their meeting and their wedding day and beyond.

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    MassifCentral Studio Day

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    Join us in our East London studio for a behind the scenes look at MassifCentral and learn the secrets of data illustration..

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    Join us on the Massif Attack

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    Join us next September in the Massif Central region of France to take on one of the biggest challenges in cycling: three different ascents of cycling's most infamous mountain, Mont Ventoux..

    Accommodation included.
    Travel to and from the Massif Central excluded.

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    Bespoke 3D Print

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    Developed exclusively for our Kickstarter campaign. Recreate your achievement in a 3D printed sculpture.

    Size - 20cm diameter

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    MassifCentral Business Illustration

    - REWARD 11 -

    Let MassiCentral tell the story of your business with a bespoke data illustration.

    Whether it's your history, growth, people, products or a combination of all of the above, we can create a unique artwork for your business to illuminate, inform and inspire.

    Hand-framed and delivered anywhere in the world.

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    A1 - 594 x 841mm | 23 3/8" x 33 1/8"

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