Love music? Love design? Me too! Which is why I decided to combine them into a book. But with a twist. The idea is simple; you look at the clues and work out the song and the artist.
I had the original idea during one of those ‘designer's block’ moments. I had The Beatles’ White Album playing in the background and Blackbird started playing. It struck me that it would be fun to illustrate a 'blackbrid singing in the dead of night', so I designed a simple illustration and posted it on Facebook.
It became a bit of weekly fun, but proved to be quite popular and friends started to look out for my weekly post (and get quite competitive as to who could get the correct answer first!). Then someone suggested it would be a great idea to get them published. And so here I am; asking for your support to realise that idea and have a book of illustrations printed.
With your help, I hope to have a 125mm x 125mm (about 5 inches) 100 page book of 46 music-inspired illustrations produced (from the 60s through to contemporary artists) with a limited edition print run of 2,000 copies. Hand numbered, these will be litho printed on a premium, uncoated paper and perfect bound. So, what sort of thing will be in the book?
If I'm fortunate enough to reach my target, then I hope to sell the books through my eyetoons website and, one day, maybe even through retailers. This would then help fund a second book, or an app, or a range of books (rock, pop... did someone say musicals? Hey, why not!). The possibilities are endless. The Kickstarter funds will cover printing, paper costs, postage and packing, Kickstarter's fees... everything except my time which I give freely (except when juggling work and two small boys).
So that's eyetoons. Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my project. Hopefully you can help be the start of something... well, if not beautiful, certainly fun.
Risks and challenges
As the illustrations are already finished, I just need to finalise the order of the book, confirm the order to print and away we go! Print usually takes about ten days from receiving the files and the website is already in development, so everything is on schedule and would be ready for January 2013.
The final steps would be to send my fantastic supporters their rewards (see 'rewards' for details), which would also happen in January.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (27 days)