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A special, limited edition collection of 4"x6" postcards of the world’s greatest thinkers, inventors, and builders of past and present.
A special, limited edition collection of 4"x6" postcards of the world’s greatest thinkers, inventors, and builders of past and present.
178 backers pledged CA$ 6,542 to help bring this project to life.

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We can't thank you enough for your help in our Kickstarter success. If you're still looking to pick up a collection of Wise Words, we ship worldwide from thecraftingshop.com!

- Jordan, Josh & Michael

THE WORLD’S BEST COLLECTION OF INSPIRATION
Unique illustration style: We’ve custom designed each of our 40 leaders in a signature style, developed specifically to honor both their classic contributions to society and their avant-garde way of thinking. Since they're one-of-a-kind, you won’t find portraits like these in books, art galleries, or anywhere on the web.

Meaningful, symbolic quotes: Each word has been carefully selected to ensure each leader’s most fundamental thoughts, motivations, and contributions are captured within their quote. The quotes are chosen to be a close representation of how the leader would have chosen to summarize themselves and their effect on the world.

SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION
Meticulous color choices: For all you neat freaks out there, we’ve got you covered: each card color has been precisely chosen to ensure it blends perfectly with the rest of its category. Of course, if you’d rather put them up on the wall alphabetically, chronologically, or by some other method, we’ve also tested just about every possible arrangement and the cards still look stunning. After all, we enjoy a touch of creativity, too.

Elegant typography: We’ve painstakingly selected Trade Gothic as the typeface for Wise Words. Trade Gothic offers a strong, chiseled family of weights that complement each other beautifully and represents two distinct qualities found ubiquitously through our 40 leaders. The boldness of the title font depicts their external leadership: it commands your attention with its purity and courage. The more subtle quote font displays their internal mastery: it is less demanding, more thoughtful, and its exaggerated height is comparable to that which each leader has reached throughout their time.

Delightful to see and touch: High-quality paper and a smooth matte finish makes Wise Words feel great between your fingers while still emanating a subtle warmth in any lighting.

FINALLY, DESIGN THAT MATTERS
Get inspired: There’s no better way to start your day than with some words of wisdom from a legendary leader. Whether they’re put up on your wall or coffee table, given as thank-you cards, or displayed somewhere else, Wise Words could be the new boost you won’t want to start your day without.

Learn about leadership: Our list of 40 leaders was specially selected to create a balanced collection of both recognizable and lesser-known faces. As you familiarize yourself with them, you will expand your knowledge of each leaders’ immense impact and unique perspectives on the world.

Become better: At its core, Wise Words is a project to help you become better in all aspects of your life. Discuss your favorite leader with your friends, why their contribution made such an impact, and learn about yourself along the way.

LOOK GREAT, ANYWHERE
960 square inches of wall coverage: Cover more wall space than a poster while maintaining the flexibility of 40 separate postcards.

Supreme versatility: Create a unique arrangement of shapes and colors on your wall, or put the cards on your coffee table for a sure-fire conversation piece.

THINKERS, INVENTORS, BUILDERS

Thinkers: Sometimes spiritual, sometimes idealistic – but always unconventional – these leaders’ revolutionary thought has changed the way we view the world today. Nelson Mandela and Ayn Rand are included here.

Inventors: Experimentation and perseverance led these leaders to some of the greatest discoveries the world has ever seen. Johannes Gutenberg and Leonardo da Vinci lead the way.

Builders: From ground-breaking products to worldwide movements, builders have sculpted our world and made social progress possible. Steve Jobs and Andy Warhol are just two examples.

THREE REWARD OPTIONS
The Digital Collection: Get a single, exquisite wallpaper to show your appreciation for the world’s greats, or get the entire collection for inspiration whenever you need it.

The Postcard Collection: Our most popular option, these 40 4" x 6" postcards brighten up your wall or coffee table and help you stay focused on the things that truly matter. 

Custom-wise your Collection: Work with the three of us to create a custom design for a leader of your choice. [Note: At the $190 and $300 reward levels, you can choose to design a card for anyone (favorite leader, best friend, yourself, etc.). At the $1000 reward level, we’ll brainstorm with you to ensure your leader meets our criteria, and then include your selected leader as a 41st card in the collection sent to all Kickstarter backers.]

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
FREE USA/Canada Shipping: Wherever you are, we want you to have access to daily inspiration with Wise Words. That's why we're including FREE USA/Canada shipping with every purchase.

PRESS COVERAGE
Check out our Press Kit, available for download on thecraftingshop.com. Pictures can be used freely on any medium.

Torontoist

Laurier Entrepeneur

The Standard Chic

Postcrossing

Risks and challenges

We've done everything we can to mitigate as many risks as possible, yet we know there will still be hurdles along the way. We will always be transparent with our community about challenges, including these:

Reaching the $5,000 target: We are lucky to be working with an amazing printing partner that has helped keep this figure low. The $5,000 target represents the minimum amount of orders needed to offer the postcards at a good price, while also sourcing the top-quality images necessary to create our one-of-a-kind designs.

Print quality: All printing will be done locally on the highest-quality presses in Toronto. Each collection of Wise Words will be hand-assembled by us, and packed and shipped carefully one by one.

Ship date: Our close relationships with our printing and shipping partners give us favorable credit terms, which means we'll be able to place orders sooner and get Wise Words out faster. We have built in extra time for the printing and shipping processes, and are confident you will receive your collection of Wise Words in time for the holiday season.

Product changes: As we refine the designs based on additional community feedback and more testing, slight changes may be made. We'll only make changes that enhance the product experience.

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    FOUNDING MEMBER: Join the Wise Words community to get a digital wallpaper of your favorite leader and receive special updates.

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    DIGITAL SPECIAL: Get a digital version of all 40 cards, providing inspiration whenever you need it.

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    EARLY BIRD POSTCARD SPECIAL: Get the entire collection of 40 postcards. Retail value: $45 USD. FREE shipping worldwide, guaranteed arrival within USA/Canada by Dec 23rd, 2013. Add $10 to upgrade to the holiday gift special and get your collection professionally wrapped in unique gift paper complete with a holiday card with a message from you.

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    POSTCARD SPECIAL: Get the entire collection of 40 postcards. Retail value: $45 USD. Add $35 for each additional postcard collection. FREE shipping worldwide, guaranteed arrival within USA/Canada by Dec 23rd, 2013.

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    DIGITAL + POSTCARD SPECIAL: Get the entire collection in both digital AND postcard format. Retail value: $60 USD. Add $35 for each additional postcard collection. FREE shipping worldwide, guaranteed arrival within USA/Canada by Dec 23rd, 2013.

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    HOLIDAY GIFT SPECIAL: Get the entire collection in postcard format, professionally wrapped in unique gift paper and complete with a holiday card with a message from you. Add $45 for each additional postcard collection. FREE shipping worldwide, guaranteed arrival within USA/Canada by Dec 23rd, 2013.

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    WHOLESALE POSTCARD SPECIAL: Get 3 postcard collections and the digital collection at a special wholesale price. Retail value: $150 USD. Add $90 for 3 more postcard collections. FREE shipping worldwide, guaranteed arrival within USA/Canada by Dec 23rd, 2013.

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    CREATE YOUR OWN SPECIAL: Work with us to design your own personalized card of anyone you choose (for example, it could be your grandfather, a friend, or a mentor). You'll receive 20 of these customized cards delivered with a digital and three postcard collections. FREE shipping worldwide, guaranteed arrival within USA/Canada by Dec 23rd, 2013.

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    FRAME IT UP SPECIAL: Work with us to design your own personalized card of anyone you choose (for example, it could be your grandfather, a friend, or a mentor). You get the digital collection, 3 postcard collections, and 20 of your custom card with one beautifully framed alongside 8 of your favorites in a gorgeous black frame. FREE shipping worldwide, guaranteed arrival within USA/Canada by Dec 23rd, 2013.

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    INFLUENCER SPECIAL: Work with us to design a postcard for an additional leader, included as a bonus in every digital and postcard collection sold to Kickstarter backers. You get the digital collection, 5 postcard collections, and 40 of your custom card with one beautifully framed alongside 8 of your favorites in a gorgeous black frame. FREE shipping worldwide, guaranteed arrival within USA/Canada by Dec 23rd, 2013.

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