About this project
What People Are Saying
"Mulvey has smartly committed his richly detailed compositions—stylized, monochromatic illustrations, derived from vintage prints, overlaid with bold, single-word typography—to a series of colorful wallpaper images for digital devices and a range of handsome printed materials, including hardcover book, postcards, and poster. Charms, Quivers & Parades is a winsome ode to wildlife, words, and the joy of discovery—a project guaranteed to work its magic on children and grownups alike, and wholly deserving of an enthusiastic kickstart." —2Modern
Ever since I was a kid I've loved animals. Nature shows were the best. It could have been about grizzly bears in Alaska or lions in Africa, it didn't matter. Whatever Marty Stouffer's velvety voice was narrating over on Wild America, I was glued.
When I wasn't stuck in front of the television, I was outside. I grew up in northwest New Jersey and there were acres of woods behind my house where I'd find all sorts of critters: deer, wild turkeys, bats, snakes (garter, water), raccoons, rabbits, foxes, possums, salamanders, hawks, spiders (daddy long legs, black widow, garden, wolf) fuzzy caterpillars and turkey vultures, to name just a handful.
Then there were the awesome Safari Animal/Wildlife Card packs that came in the mail. My brother and I would cover up the names at the top of the cards and quiz each other. In the top right corner of each card was a world map with a portion colored in where that particular animal inhabited. I'd get excited if there was a possibility I'd come across one of them in my adventures.
Now let's fast forward to 2012. This is when I began to collect 19th and early 20th century printed matter in earnest. I'm always on the hunt for beautiful illustrations and etchings I can remix into my own art and design (specifically where copyrights have expired on images and they're in the public domain).
As I scanned more and more images into my laptop, I noticed I had inadvertently acquired a ton of animal illustrations. At some point in early 2013 the odd names of animal groups popped into my head so I started investigating all the ones I didn't know. They really were peculiar. An unkindness of ravens. A shiver of sharks. A troubling of goldfish. Haha! Wow!
So I began superimposing these words on images of the animals they referred to and a project was born:
Crashes, Charms & Quivers started out as a poster series because I'm a designer and I love posters. I love them! (My first Kickstarter project was a poster series) But—as I began to design more animal posters I realized not everyone shared my love of posters. This would make a great children's book, I said to myself. Why not make something to spark kids' interest in animals like those shows and animal cards did for me so many years ago?
And so, like living beings in nature, my project began to mutate and evolve.
A hardcover book. An e-book. Postcards. A poster. Wallpaper images for desktop computers, tablets and phones.
Something for everyone.
Featured Animal Groups
NOTE: This list and the names of the groups are subject to change as I continue to validate everything. I wouldn't be surprised if I get corrected by people more knowledgable than I in zoology and related fields.
Animals Featured in Book One (Charms, Quivers & Parades):
A shrewdness of apes / A troop of baboons / A battery of barracudas / A sleuth of bears / A sounder of (wild) boars / A kaleidoscope of butterflies / A quiver of cobras / An intrusion of cockroaches / A parade of elephants / A convocation of eagles / A charm of finches / A skulk of foxes / An army of frogs / A tower of giraffes / A troubling of goldfish / A bloat of hippopotamuses / A parcel of hogs / A cackle of hyenas / A smack of jellyfish / A mob of kangaroos / An exaltation of larks
Animals Featured in Book Two (Gulps, Prides & Zeals):
A pride of lions / A plague of locusts / A scourge of mosquitos / A parliament of owls/An ostentation of peacocks / A rookery of penguins / A celebration of polar bears / A prickle of porcupines / An unkindness of ravens / A crash of rhinoceroses / A shiver of sharks / A walk of snails / A fever of stingrays / A gulp of swallows / A rafter of turkeys / A bale of turtles / A committee of vultures / A pack of wolves / A descent of woodpeckers / A zeal of zebras
Not included in the children’s book (but included in the posters and cards):
- A murder of crows*
*this was one of the first animal group names that inspired me to make this project, so I want to include it. I also realize it's a strong word, and not something parents want to try to explaining to their kids before bedtime.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk for this project is finding a great printer to print the hardcover books and postcards. Fortunately I've thoroughly researched printers in the San Francisco area who can do what I need done (and for the right price).
The second biggest risk is having the printer I choose be available when the time comes to begin printing. Since I can't place an order with a printer until the project ends, there's the potential they might not be available when I need them. If this happens I either wait (if the wait time is resonable) or go to my Plan B (but still great) printer.
For the posters, I'll be printing those by hand, myself. I have a lot of experience screen printing all the posters I sell on my website. It's the part of this project I'm going to have the most fun doing. :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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