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$11,209
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 18 2019
$11,209
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
42
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 18 2019

About

Hi, we’re Acme and we make globes for curious people. 

Roll it around on its stand or pick it up for a closer look. It’s like a hamster ball for map lovers! Outside you’ll find a detailed map of the natural world, and on the inside, a map of the stars.  

It's for the people who want to explore and discover new things. The ones that can’t stop learning about our planet. 

It uses a simple omnidirectional stand that allows the globe to roll free in any direction, letting you choose what to look at.  The sturdy base is made of wood or cork and uses an anti-slip mat to keep it in place while you're exploring. 

Aligning the South Pole with any bearing allows it to spin on its axis like a regular globe.  That's because the poles are magnetic.  At the North Pole, a removable timezone dial allows you to quickly check the time abroad and doubles as a scale to measure distances. 

At 14.75 inches in diameter, it beautifully captures Earth's topography.  From the highest peaks to the ocean floor, it features over 3200 physical points of interest. Because it’s unattached to its stand, you can explore every inch, even the poles.

Connected magnetically at the equator, Northern and Southern Hemispheres split to reveal a map of the night sky. With more than 2500 stars and constellations that are visible to the naked eye, it's a great way to learn about tracking the sky above.

Each one is built in-house using sustainable materials, then shipped direct to you.  It's an homage to the days of analog.  A perfect addition to any home,  where a world of discoveries await!

What will you explore?

BONUS LUNAR GLOBE!  

As a special gift to our backers, we made a 4-inch scaled model of our moon.  If you take both globes outside and place them 35ft apart you can get a sense of the distance between the Earth and moon. It tastefully compliments our planet using a colorized relief to show the terrain of our lunar friend.  

Every globe backer will receive a bonus moon! It's the perfect set for you home or office!

Rewards

Globes are available with two different styles of stands.  The standard cork stand, a sustainable alternative to plastic,  is made from the compressed granulated waste of wine corks.  Or a limited birch stand, that's milled and hand-finished in our workshop.  A bit more time-consuming than our cork stands, birch stands are only available on Kickstarter.  

Each set includes a world + star globe, stand, timezone dial and bonus moon globe with stand.

Just want to help?  Pledge $25 and we'll send you an Acme Globes hat as a thanks. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @acmeglobes.


Design process

How to start a globe company.  Make a ball, draw a map, place on ball.  Easy, right? 

Globes are sort of in this limbo state.  It’s an object we all had growing up, but now we’ve got digital maps that let us zoom-in close enough to read a stop sign. The common globe has been demoted to a bookshelf decoration. 

I think globes are rad and they should be front and center.  Globes have a unique ability to invoke questions.  There is always more to learn and understand.  To me, it sounded interesting to rethink what makes a good globe. 

Unfortunately there’s not a ton of globe-making information available, so I just started testing ideas. Plaster spheres were fragile and time-consuming to make, so I made a mold to cast resin spheres. 

I was stuck on the idea of making a perfect, single part globe.  But it just didn’t make sense from a production standpoint. It was going to be covered with maps anyway, so I started using domes. There was sort of an “aha” moment. Why not use the inside for a secret hiding place? Or better yet, some stars!

By now I’d taken a liking to holding the globe by itself. It didn’t seem right to have it locked to a stand. I loved the idea of being able to roll it around.  Really, that's all you need for a good globe, just a simple stand and a nice map. 

And a moon. Well, maybe not need a moon, but it does seem like an obvious extension of the idea. 

Maybe geopolitical maps have their place, but I prefer exploring maps of the natural world. Seeing how different river systems and mountain ranges connect tells us a whole different story of our world.  

There’s really only a few methods for getting a map on a sphere. You can place gores (slices of the map) by hand, or you can use a machine to assist in shaping them into domes.  We’re going with the latter. 

The challenge is re-projecting a flat map into the proper shape so that it all lines up correctly when done. There’s a lot of back and forth adjusting labels to get them just right. Don't be fooled by flat maps, nothing beats the accuracy of a globe!

It's pretty cool right? 

We want to make globes that inspire people to make an impact. This is our home, don’t you want to learn more about it?  Well then, help us make globes cool again by backing our campaign! 

Risks and challenges

This globe is a work-in-progress. Maybe you noticed some imperfections like bubbles and creases on the map. That’s because we’re still testing map designs and are using a removable material that doesn’t shape perfectly to a sphere.

That said, we're not making rockets. The manufacturing methods we'll be utilizing are similar to other globes. The semi-automated process takes sheets of printed gores (slices of the map) and uses a hydraulic press to form them into domes.

We'll make the wood stands ourselves, but source the cork stands from a Portuguese company that specializes in forming objects from cork by-products. The other parts are fairly common and are easy to source.

Every project presents unique challenges that may arise outside of our control. Production schedules may change to meet demand, train globe-makers, or to upgrade equipment and facilities.

Manufacturing, assembly, ​and fulfillment happen in-house to ensure the quality of each globe meets expectations. Because parts of the globes are finished by hand and use natural materials, slight variations in appearance may occur.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

Certainly, something catastrophic could happen to wipe out planet Earth. Until then you can bet this globe will continue to serve its purpose. It's designed to last generations using archival quality inks printed on durable card-stock.

Reusability and recyclability

The sphere itself is made of recyclable paper pulp. The wood and cork stands use natural glues and oils, and though it may take years, will eventually biodegrade. The bearings and magnets are great candidates for up-cycling for reuse around your home.

Sustainable materials

We use 100% recycled paper for the sphere part of our globe. Stands are made using sustainable wood or cork and manufactured using methods that minimize waste. The steel used in the bearings is also sustainable and can be recycled indefinitely.

Environmentally friendly factories

We're planning to build as much of the globes in-house as possible. Some items like bearings and magnets will need to be sourced. But everything else will be made on a small scale as demand requests. Most of our waste is wood and paper and easily recycled.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Every globe is made to order. The globe was designed to split into halves to cut down on wasteful packaging. Our minimal shipment box is 100% recyclable, but maybe you can reuse it as a storage box for your next move?

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    Standard globe w/cork stand

    Show the world how much it means to you and get yourself a globe. Our standard globe with cork stand is the perfect reference tool for your home.

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    • Timezone dial
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    Limited globe w/birch stand

    Want something a little more unique? Our limited globe comes with a hand-finished birch stand.

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Funding period

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