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In a color-critical world, printers must have the means to measure & mix ink colors accurately. Here's an innovative tool that'll help.
In a color-critical world, printers must have the means to measure & mix ink colors accurately. Here's an innovative tool that'll help.
299 backers pledged $35,000 to help bring this project to life.

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We printers put ink on paper. Lots of ink. A great deal of that ink we mix ourselves. So we know that mixing & matching color is critical to a good printing. I print everyday. And I wrestled with color matching problems routinely—until I built a tool that solves many of these problems, the Ink Dial™.

The Ink Dial cleanly and precisely dispenses any amount of ink, without weighing, “eyeballing” or guesswork. It allows color mixes to be accurately repeated, thus reducing waste, time & money. It's not just a tool but a simple color mixing system that allows more control over this essential part of printing.

Based on my success with the Ink Dial in my own studio, I want to get it out into the world. Since it is so easy to use, it will prove incredibly useful to the teaching & practice of printmaking & letterpress printing, handy in the classroom, the artist’s studio, and to beginning & experienced printers alike practicing these disappearing crafts.

The Rewards & the Artists

As a letterpress printer, I particularly enjoy printing the work of lettering artists. It is challenging work and they are often the most demanding, yet interesting clients. 

So with two simple notions in mind (lettering & color) I approached 15 internationally known artists whose work involves lettering in some form or fashion for help with the rewards portion of this project.

Based solely on my detailed description of The Ink Dial, the artists offered me original work to print letterpress in a limited edition, each print signed by the artist. Many of the designs will be created solely for this project (see Updates for examples), and printed using The Ink Dial’s mixing system. The artists are:

A very diverse & eclectic mix, to say the least. Their faith in this project is heartening. I hope you will join them in supporting this project!

What’s the goal of your Kickstarter campaign?

The goal of my Kickstarter campaign is to manufacture a dozen sets of Ink Dials and install them in a diversity of print shop environments so the system may be  put through its paces, leading toward the Ink Dial’s commercial availability. This latest round of products will include many new features improving upon my rough working prototype system.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Much gratitude expressed in the form of a large & colorful hand-printed postcard with an equally colorful quotation.

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    Much gratitude; the large, colorful & aforementioned hand-printed postcard; and an equally colorful limited edition print designed by the inventor/designer/printer, me.

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    15 internationally known artists (see list at left in "About This Project") whose work all involves lettering in some form or fashion have graciously offered their designs (many original for this project) that I will letterpress print in a limited edition, each print signed by the artist. Backers may have their choice of prints for a $35 pledge. A $70 pledge merits the choice of two prints and so on. Please note, personalized holiday gift notices are available so you may share the spirit of your gift with its recipient in a timely manner.

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    All 15 prints enclosed in a special folio meant to house the prints complete with a title page & colophon (a credits page), the latter of which would list the $500+ backers' names.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    2 complete sets of prints. Perhaps you would like to purchase a set for an institution or another individual. Please let us honor your gift by sharing the intended recipient's name and it too will be included in colophon.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    2 sets of all 15 prints (one to keep, the other to share), the donor's name as an 'Executive Sponsor,' and a set of 15 Ink Dial units that I will come personally deliver, set up and show you how to work. If you don't have a need for the Ink Dial set yourself, you may designate an institution of your choosing as the recipient. I'll be happy to travel wherever they are (within reason) and set them up.

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