New inventions are described in patent documents, which usually have a dry written description and a number of black-and-white line-art drawings. Just about everyone involved with a patent is listed on the front cover--with one exception: the artist who created the patent drawings. In the US alone we now have over 200 years of patents—nearly 10 million documents--illustrating everything from the cotton gin to the iPod. Yet the artist is not mentioned anywhere in the patent record. They remain anonymous.
About These Playing Cards
It seems that everyone is either an inventor or knows an inventor. We all appreciate the story behind a cool invention. That's why each card includes an amazing illustration and information about the invention, including the inventor's name, the patent title, the patent date, and the patent number. I'll show you how to easily look-up patents so you can read the full document--and see the other illustrations--if you want to learn more.
Back in 2011, I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the coffee table art book The Art of the Patent, which honors the incredible artwork created by patent illustrators over the last 220+ years. The Blue Deck, which represents patents from this book with some of history's best patent artwork, is already designed and ready to go to the printers.
The Red Deck is also completely designed, and features a selection of the most recognizable patents of all time, including the light bulb, the Slinky, Lego's, Model-T Ford, etc.
Here's our current design for the Red Deck face cards... famous inventors:
We have reached our two stretch goals and have unlocked the Green Deck, which features anything to do with amusement parks, carnivals, and other amusing patents. The Purple Deck is also unlocked, and it highlights vehicle-related patents... basically anything that moves people. There are some satisfying patent drawings in both of these stretch goal decks!
You'll be able to choose any of these four decks for your rewards when we send out the final surveys at the end of the campaign. If you pledged for a single deck, then you get to choose from any of the four. If you pledged for four decks, then you get to mix-and-match however you want!
Each deck will come in a custom-designed box, and if you are selecting a brick (12 decks), these will include a custom-design carton box, suitable for retail point-of-purchase use.
About Our Team
The success of the Kickstarter-funded book The Art of the Patent inspired this follow-up project. I selected 52 of the best illustrations from the book and had David Litwin, Founder of Pure Fusion Media (who created the book's cover artwork), design the layout and develop the design for the back of the card. What he came up with is incredible...
I also wanted the backs to be readable no matter the orientation. My patent client, Mark Hunter of FlilpScript.com, is an anagram expert (an anagram looks the same right-side-up or upside-down). So I asked him to design an anagram for the word "Patent" used on the back of the deck. Here's the amazing design he created...
I'd also like to thank Scott Whitney of Vegas Video Coop who not only can help you shoot and edit your video, but also has a keen mind for marketing.
These playing card decks would make a great gift for the technology or art lover for Christmas, or as a "thank you" for a valued client or colleague. Please make a reward selection now, and note that you'll be able to mix-and-match from the unlocked decks once the campaign is finished.
Sept: campaign runs
Oct: Printing of blue and red decks, design and printing of green and purple decks
Nov: Shipping begins
Dec: Happy people receive these decks as gifts from you!
Once the campaign is over in early October I'll immediately order printing of the blue and red decks. That should take about three weeks. If it becomes clear that we'll be meeting our stretch goals early in the campaign, I'll commission the design of the green and purple decks as early as possible so that we can get them to the printer in early October as well. It takes about a week to design a new deck now that we have the basic format. Shipping will commence at the end of Oct. or first part of Nov. That gives us about a month of margin if there's a problem, or if we can't commission the design of the green or purple decks until the end of the campaign. Obviously it will help everyone to get the word out quickly to anyone else who might be interested in supporting this campaign, and we appreciate all of your efforts!
Risks and challenges
Our last Kickstarter campaign for the book was considerably more complex than this project, and since we already have the first two decks designed (and can design the next two within a few weeks once they're unlocked), we anticipate meeting our scheduled delivery times without any hiccups, or even with a few hiccups. Our cards will be printed by the US Playing Card Company, who are the makers of Bicycle-brand playing cards and have an efficient system for printing jobs on-time. As a previous computer accessories company executive, and president of an art supply company featured on QVC, I understand how to fulfill products accurately and on-time. Nevertheless, there are always risks to on-time delivery, but I believe they are relatively low for a project like this.
Note that those images displayed represent current designs, but may change during the course of the campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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