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A hand-lettered, letterpress map of the United States, plus hand-lettered, high-quality, individual US state t-shirts.

Hi Kickstarter! My name is David Lesue and I'm a graphic designer. I have a really cool idea but I need your help to pull it off.

I call it Stately Type. Basically, it's two things:

First, it's a big 20"x 16" letterpressed map of the United States where I have hand-lettered the name of each state within the distinctive form of its boundaries.

Second, it's 50 individually designed hand-lettered t-shirts—one for each state in the union. I've designed each one to reflect the identity of the state it represents—matching the shirt color and graphic color to each state's personality.

UPDATE: We have added a new t-shirt design option—New England—in white on midnight navy. 

UPDATE: We have added a new t-shirt design option—Washington D.C.—in black on stone gray.

UPDATE: We've added a Utah pack which includes one Utah t-shirt, one Utah shopper tote, and one 8"x10" Utah giclée print.

 The Idea

The inspiration for this project came from my love of hand-lettered type and from my fascination with the iconic shapes of state boundaries. By combining those two elements, I've come up with something that looks stunning—maps of the individual states, and of the United States as a whole that feel very personal, distinctive, and hand-crafted.

I love how the design of these pieces has turned out and I'm really excited to see them come to life!

The Prints

Now, I knew I wanted the quality of the US map to be top-notch so I decided early on to letterpress print it through Bjorn Press in Provo Utah. Bryce Knudsen has been letterpress printing high quality pieces from his studio for the past 17 years. If anybody can bring this map to life in a way that surpasses my own expectations, it's him.

He'll print the map on heavy Crane Lettra paper at a large 20" x 16" size—and it's going to look perfect in your living room, your kid's playroom, or wherever you decide to hang it. I can't wait for you to see and feel those letterpressed impressions around each state. It's going to look amazing.

UPDATE: We've added a 48" x 36" US Map Vinyl Wall Decal in your choice of gold, white, black, red, navy, mint green, and bubble gum pink.

The Stately Type US Map Vinyl Wall Decal (in gold)
The Stately Type US Map Vinyl Wall Decal (in gold)

UPDATE: Because so many of you have asked for a multi-color option, we are also going to produce a 20" x 16" giclée print. 

UPDATE: Because so many have asked for it, we have also decided to produce a US Map tote bag.

The Shirts

I'm a bit of a t-shirt nut—I'm really particular about the t-shirts that I wear—not just the graphic design, but also the cut, the material, and the overall fit. So, when it came to choosing the Stately Type t-shirt, I knew I had to use my absolute favorite shirt in the world—the Next Level CVC crew neck. It's a 60/40 cotton poly blend that's just the right weight—4.3oz—and super soft. It has a nice tight crew neck and the cut is great, with snug sleeves that aren't too short.

These shirts do cost a bit more—in fact, a number of people have told me that in order to minimize my costs on this project, I should choose a cheaper option, but I can't bring myself to do it—I want your Stately Type t-shirt to be the best one you own—your favorite shirt. I seriously love this shirt and trust me—when you feel this thing and put it on for the first time, you will too.

Youth sizes: XS (2-4), S (6-8), M (10-12), L (14-16), XL (18-20). 
Ladies sizes: S-2XL. 
Men's sizes: XS-2XL

You Can Help Make This Happen

Now, this project is ambitious—I want to produce this map and these shirts and get them into your hands in time for the holiday season—because they are going to make great gifts. In order for that to happen though, I need your help—both by backing the project and by telling your friends about it. Let's do this! 

Thank You!

I'm really excited to bring this dream to life. I thank you in advance for all your help and support. THANK YOU!

I also want to thank my good friends, Joey Daniel and Jordan Harker—the evil geniuses behind Robogo Productions—for creating such an amazing Kickstarter video for me.

I especially want to thank my lovely wife, Holly, for putting in so many hours of hard work by my side on the project, and for putting up with me during this whole process.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

My big risk on this project is its timeline. It's very aggressive—I'm pushing to get the shirts and maps produced and delivered in time for the holiday season.

Luckily, through friends that own their own promotional products company, I have great connections to a number of t-shirt supplies and printers. I'm working with them now to get everything set up and scheduled so that as soon as the project funds, we can pull the trigger on t-shirt production.

I've already met with Bryce Knudsen—the letterpress printer that will be producing the map. We've worked out the design, the cost, etc. He's ready to go as soon as the campaign funds.

In terms of delivery, I'm working with friends now that have already run successful Kickstarter campaigns and dealt with the challenges of order fulfillment. I'm gearing up for it now.

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    HUG OR HANDSHAKE: You get your choice of a warm hug or a firm handshake from Dave should you ever meet him in person (my wife says I have to limit this to one hug/handshake per person). You get my never-ending gratitude whether or not we ever meet.

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    US MAP DESKTOP WALLPAPER PACK: You'll receive a digital wallpaper pack that will include the Stately Type US Map optimized to various screen resolutions and sizes, including iPad and iPhone.

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    US MAP STICKER: You'll get one 4"x6" white on clear sticker, die cut to the form of the Stately Type US Map (not including Alaska or Hawaii). Cost of shipping included.

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    US MAP PRINTABLE PDF: You'll get an 8"x10" Stately Type US Map in PDF form. Note: this is a printable digital file, not a physical product.

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    US MAP TOTE: You'll get one canvas tote bag emblazoned with the Stately Type US Map. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    KID SIZE STATE T-SHIRT: You'll get one child-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    EARLY BIRD STATE T-SHIRT: You'll get one adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    GICLÉE US MAP PRINT: You'll get one digitally printed 14"x11" Stately Type US Map print. (Cost of shipping included.) ***THIS IS NOT THE LETTERPRESS PRINT***

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    STATE T-SHIRT: You'll get one adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    KID SIZE STATE T-SHIRT 2 PACK: You'll get two child-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the two US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE TEE TOTE: You'll get one adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice, plus one canvas tote bag emblazoned with the Stately Type US Map. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE UTAH PACK: You'll get one adult-sized Utah t-shirt, one Utah shopping tote, and one 8"x10" giclée Utah print. The pack is available in your choice of navy, royal blue, or red. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    STATE T-SHIRT 2 PACK: You'll get two adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the two US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    EARLY BIRD LETTERPRESS US MAP PRINT: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    STATE T-SHIRT 3 PACK: You'll get three adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the three US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP LETTERPRESS PRINT: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP VINYL WALL DECAL: You'll get one 48" x 36" Stately Type US Map wall decal in your choice of gold, white, black, red, navy, mint green, or bubble gum pink. All colors are matte except for gold. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP LETTERPRESS PRINT + US MAP TOTE: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print, plus one canvas tote bag emblazoned with the Stately Type US Map. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    GICLÉE US MAP PRINT + STATE T-SHIRT 2 PACK: You'll get one digitally printed 14"x11" Stately Type US Map print. ***THIS IS NOT THE LETTERPRESS PRINT***, plus two adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the two US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP LETTERPRESS PRINT + KID SIZE STATE T-SHIRT: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print, plus one child-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE DOUBLE DOUBLE: You'll get two adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the two US states of your choice, and two child-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the two US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP LETTERPRESS PRINT + STATE T-SHIRT: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print, plus one adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    STATE T-SHIRT 4 PACK: You'll get four adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the four US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP VINYL WALL DECAL + STATE T-SHIRT: You'll get one 48" x 36" Stately Type US Map wall decal in your choice of gold, white, black, red, navy, mint green, or bubble gum pink (All vinyl wall decal colors are matte except for gold), plus one adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP LETTERPRESS PRINT + 2 STATE T-SHIRTS: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print, plus two adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the two US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE WEE TEE TOTE DECAL: You'll get one child-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice, one 48" x 36" Stately Type US Map wall decal in your choice of gold, white, black, red, navy, mint green, or bubble gum pink (all vinyl wall decal colors are matte except for gold), and one canvas tote bag emblazoned with the Stately Type US Map. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE FAMILY PACK: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print, one adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice, and two child-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the two US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE ROPER: You'll get two adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the two US states of your choice, and four child-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the four US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE MORRIS: You'll get one digitally printed 14"x11" Stately Type US Map print, two adult-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the two US states of your choice, and three child-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the three US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP VINYL WALL DECAL + 2 STATE T-SHIRTS: You'll get one 48" x 36" Stately Type US Map wall decal in your choice of gold, white, black, red, navy, mint green, or bubble gum pink (All vinyl wall decal colors are matte except for gold), plus two adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the two US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP LETTERPRESS PRINT + US MAP VINYL WALL DECAL: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print and one 48" x 36" Stately Type US Map wall decal in your choice of gold, white, black, red, navy, mint green, or bubble gum pink (All vinyl wall decal colors are matte except for gold). (Cost of shipping included.)

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    US MAP LETTERPRESS PRINT + STATE T-SHIRT 3 PACK: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print, plus three adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the three US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE 5 AND 1: You'll get five adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts and one child-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the six US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE MONSTRO: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print, one canvas tote bag emblazoned with the Stately Type US Map, and three adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the three US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    STATE T-SHIRT 6 PACK: You'll get six adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the six US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE WEE TEE TOTE DOUBLE DECAL: You'll get one child-sized Stately Type t-shirt featuring the US state of your choice, TWO 48" x 36" Stately Type US Map wall decals in your choice of gold, white, black, red, navy, mint green, or bubble gum pink (all vinyl wall decal colors are matte except for gold), and one canvas tote bag emblazoned with the Stately Type US Map. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    THE MEGA MONSTRO: You'll get one 20"x16" letterpressed Stately Type US Map print, one canvas tote bag emblazoned with the Stately Type US Map, and nine adult-sized Stately Type t-shirts featuring the nine US states of your choice. (Cost of shipping included.)

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    CUSTOM ART: You'll get one 8" x 10" piece of original Stately Type art created and signed by David Lesue. You choose the word/phrase and the containing shape.

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