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VISION is an artfully designed book featuring 15 feline traits that teach us how to be creative people of vision.
VISION is an artfully designed book featuring 15 feline traits that teach us how to be creative people of vision.
VISION is an artfully designed book featuring 15 feline traits that teach us how to be creative people of vision.
99 backers pledged $4,682 to help bring this project to life.

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VISION: Creative Cues From The Cat

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This project has been funded! For more info, visit catvisionbook.com or Cupola Press. Thank you!

VISION: Creative Cues From The Cat is an 80-page inspirational book that celebrates cats and creativity.

From cats we learn how to:
HUNT — chase down opportunity
MUSE — enjoy the creative process
PURR — counter negativity
FOCUS — see what is relevant to the task
LAND — land on our feet and try again
and much more!

Sample spreads from VISION: Creative Cues from the Cat
Sample spreads from VISION: Creative Cues from the Cat

All my life I've been fond of learning by analogy. For an analogy on vision, what would be better than the world's most popular pet? Cats have astonishing eyesight and can see with just the tiniest amount of light.

I started working on VISION five years ago with my coauthor, Eric Nichols. Eric and I share a passion for creativity, a desire to inspire it in others and a fondness for cats! 

Feline Finale Bookmark and the Table of Contents
Feline Finale Bookmark and the Table of Contents

We believe that anyone can be a creative person of vision, someone who has innovative ideas and imagines things that could be before they are. Everyone has what it takes to come up with something new, whether that be a clever piece of technology, a solution to a problem or a tasty new recipe. In every area of life, having a little vision contributes to a person’s sense of purpose, motivation, pleasure and success.

I designed VISION to be entertaining and inspirational on every page. With an economy of words, humor, great quotes and photography, it's a colorful, upbeat book with layers of meaning. VISION is now ready to go to press, if funding allows, so it can be enjoyed by cat lovers and anyone with a creative streak.

For additional rewards, I designed the Feline Finale Bookmark (photo above), Creative Cat Coasters, and the International Cat Canvas Wall Art. All pieces will be produced with top-notch vendors. 

2-sided Creative Cat Coasters
2-sided Creative Cat Coasters
International Cat Canvas Wall Art (size shown here is 24x36 inches)
International Cat Canvas Wall Art (size shown here is 24x36 inches)
Choose your colors for the International Cat Canvas Art
Choose your colors for the International Cat Canvas Art

Your help. Over the past 30 years, I've worked on all sides of publishing: as an author, graphic designer, and publisher. Pretty much everything to do with books (at least for me) is a labor of love, which is another way of saying that I would really appreciate your help to move forward with VISION.

The cost for printing a minimum quantity of books and rewards is approximately $5,000. I've already invested quite a bit in photography and proofs. I would be so very grateful for your support!

If funding allows, I'll print and deliver books by December of this year. If funding goes beyond my goal, I'll print a greater quantity of books and develop more Creative Cat Coasters, turning them into collectibles.

People underestimate how much joy and energy comes from creative endeavors. Please help me launch VISION so it will, in turn, inspire others to pursue their vision!

Cat Vision Digital Download Reward
Cat Vision Digital Download Reward

“We all wish we had more vision—to have the imaginative abilities to see ahead, envision solutions, and pursue what our mind’s eye says is possible. VISION shows us how by looking at the most unlikely of places: cats. A fun, insightful read that will keep you thinking long after you’re finished.”Jonah Berger, best selling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Special thanks to Kate of Hauspanther, Jenny of FloppyCats, my nephew Bryce Rabideau who provided the music for my video, my friends and family who critiqued VISION, my backers and Muffins. I'm grateful! 

Risks and challenges

I have trusted vendors for the book, bookmark, coasters, and wall art, so I don't foresee any problems, but if something comes up, I will let backers know right away and work to remedy the situation to everyone's satisfaction.

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    CAT VISION GRAPHIC DIGITAL FILE
    Scroll down to see the cat I designed as a heartfelt thank you for your support. With your pledge of $5, you'll receive a digital file that you can print for personal use. It'll make a great poster, greeting card or coffee mug.

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    CREATIVE CAT COASTERS—SET OF TWO
    I designed these unique 4-inch coasters for this campaign. There's a photo from the book on one side and a quote on the other. I have more designs in development, so if there's interest, these two will be the first of creative cat coaster collectibles!

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    THE BOOK (THE MAIN REWARD) + FELINE FINALE BOOKMARK + CAT VISION GRAPHIC
    VISION: Creative Cues from the Cat will be printed offset (not on-demand) on high quality art paper with a silky smooth cover. The Feline Finale Bookmark and Cat Vision Graphic Digital File are included.

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    THE BOOK + BOOKMARK + CREATIVE CAT COASTERS + CAT VISION GRAPHIC
    This reward is for one book (with bookmark), two Creative Cat Coasters and the Cat Vision Graphic Digital File. A purrfect package for cat lovers and creatives.

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    TWO BOOKS + BOOKMARKS + CAT VISION GRAPHIC
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    THREE BOOKS + BOOKMARKS
    Have I mentioned that VISION makes a great gift? Keep one, gift two, and accept my sincere gratitude!

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    INTERNATIONAL CAT CANVAS WALL ART (12x18 inches)
    This design was developed from a page in the book about the cat's meow, which is spelled pretty much the same way wherever you go—a fact that makes the world seem friendlier to me. The typography is designed to look great in either a contemporary or traditional home.

    As a "Canvas Wrap," it will be fully finished with 3/4-inch slick black sides, tightly wrapped corners, hanging sawtooth, wall bumpers, and UV-coating for fade resistance and a rich appearance. Choose from three color combinations (see photo). If you'd like this piece in a larger size, see below.

    Do you want the book too? If so, please add $15.

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    THE WHOLE CAT & KABOODLE!
    For your support of $100, you'll receive one of everything mentioned above. Enjoy!

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    LARGE INTERNATIONAL CAT CANVAS WALL ART (24x36 inches)
    Cats are loved around the world and meow is spelled similarly wherever you go. We're not that much different after all!

    This piece will be printed on canvas with a beautiful finish, 3/4-inch black sides, tightly wrapped corners, hanging sawtooth, wall bumpers, and UV-coating for fade resistance. Choose from three color combinations for a sweet statement on your wall.

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    60 MINUTE PHONE OR SKYPE CONSULTATION ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROJECT
    As someone who has been on all sides of publishing and has worked in design and advertising for 30 years, I'm more than happy to advise and brainstorm with you about your vision. This reward can be fulfilled any time this year or next. If you have a manuscript or design project you'd like me to review or critique, send it prior to the consultation. I would love to help.

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    PERSONAL TOUR OF SAN FRANCISCO OR THE WINE COUNTRY (YOUR CHOICE) WITH LUNCH OR DINNER
    I live between SF and Napa, know each area well, and would love to show you around! If you have a creative project in the works, we can discuss that over lunch or dinner. A copy of VISION is included. This event can be scheduled on a day this year or next. (Airfare/accommodations not included.)

    If you'd prefer to meet with coauthor Eric who lives in the actual town of North Pole, Alaska, let us know!

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