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Designed as if it were produced at the pinnacle of space travelling, Beyond Earth is a poster series produced at high level.

The Posters

These posters will have a final cut size of 18” x 24” and be printed in Montreal. I chose to use thick 80 lb French Paper Speckletone series because of its quality and nostalgic look. Each planet will have its own paper color.

Each poster will have information about the planet that sets one apart from the other, as well as historic discoveries of what would have been known in 1965. All of which is set in beautiful and modern typefaces of that era.

Edit: To see all 8 posters please see Update #11 or visit this link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23125262/downloads/Posters-70p.jpg

The Rewards

Futuristic pack – from the $10 level and up – you will received access to project updates. You will also receive a premium quality wallpaper set of my illustrations for use on an iPad, iPhone and desktop. 

Postcards – from the $25 level upwards – you will receive a package (of 8) postcard-sized illustrations of each planet. Each illustration will be printed on 4” by 6” durable cardstock. Perfect to frame and hang on a wall, or to give as a gift.

Poster – from $55 to $75 level – you will receive your choice of one (1) 18” x 24” poster. Please see the pledge levels on your right for specific rewards.

How it came about

After recently finding old science fiction magazines dating back from the 1980’s, it reignited my childhood memories of my curiosity of our solar system and of limitless imagination. I began researching heavily on NASA missions and came to the realization that the late 1950’s to mid-1970’s were exciting times for new discoveries, for real photographic images of planets and for limitless possibilities. This gave me the incentive to start a personal project based on what I knew very well as a child (creating simple ideas/drawings from imagination) and what I recently researched (the execution of early NASA missions in the infancy of space travel).

I started exploring different styles of illustrations, which I will share with pledgers above the $5 level. The style I have come up with is based on designers and illustrators that inspire me, on mid-century magazine advertisements and on the printing limitations of silkscreening and letterpress.

I decided to create three of the more interesting planets that today still have unexplained features or quirks. But, after being entranced with the research and the artistic interpretations of the planets, I decided to not stop and finish all 8 planets (sorry Pluto).

The funds

The money will be spent on production costs and the rewards, including production cost, supplies and shipping (international shipping extra, please see the FAQ for a detailed list).

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Huge thanks to Michael George

FAQ

  • Contact me using the 'message me' button next to my profile, or you can send me an email at http://mailto:ste.didonato@gmail.com

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  • Shipping within Canada and United States are included for all items and rewards levels.

    International shipping (Europe and Rest of the World): Additional cost for International First-Class shipping. Additional international fees are as follows:

    $25 level (Postcards): FREE (shipping is included)
    $40/$50/$65/$75 levels: Add $25
    $280 level (Europe): Add $55
    $280 level (Rest of the World): Add $85

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  • Each poster will be printed and cut to a format of 18" x 24" on French Paper. Please visiti French Paper's website to see some of the colors I will be choosing http://%E2%80%93http://www.frenchpaper.com/speckletone-paper.html

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  • The answer is yes. There is an available reward level where you can purchase 2 posters at once, as well as one where you can buy postcards and a poster.

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  • The Futuristic Pack includes:

    • 8 HIGH RES JPG files of each planet for your computer desktop.The desktop wallpapers will available in the most popular screen sizes available.

    • 16 JPG ready for RETINA DISPLAY for your iPhone. 8 of these will be of the planets for your lock screen, the other 8 will be styled according to each planet, but will be set to be used as home screen.

    • 16 JPG ready for for your iPad. 8 of these will be of the planets for your lock screen, the other 8 will be styled according to each planet, but will be set to be used as home screen.

    These will both be available for download once the project is complete and goal is reached.

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  • The pledge field is editable, so if you pledge $65 for 2 posters, then you can edit the field to say $90. If you have already submitted your pledge, you can click the "manage your pledge" button and then add $25 to your pledge amount.

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  • if you have questions, you can send me an email at http://mailto:ste.didonato@gmail.com, or all you need is a short answer, I will happily reply via twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/sdidonato)

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