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The THIRTY81 Ballpark Series originally launched on Kickstarter in August of 2013. While the response resulted in over 100 backers, the funding plateau proved too ambitious.
After successfully funding and fulfilling two related projects — and with considerable kind support from the Kickstarter community — I decided to revisit the project. Working directly with a local printer, we found a solution that will allow a slightly reimagined project to fund at 1/5th of the original budget. Therefore, I am pleased to announce the THIRTY81 Lithograph Poster Series: 'A Century of Ballparks'
THE 'CENTURY OF BALLPARKS' LITHOGRAPH
The centerpiece of the project is a 18" x 24" 5-color 'Century of Ballparks' lithograph. Printed on heavy card stock, it illustrates to scale the dimensions and shapes of the 30 current Major League Baseball fields. A custom solid green is used to highlight areas of grass or turf, with a contrasting white representing infield patterns and warning track areas. Individual background colors, inspired by the home team's primary palette, enclose each design. Fields are labeled and organized by the year each ballpark was established over the course of 100 years, from Fenway Park (1912) to Marlins Park (2012).
30 INDIVIDUAL BALLPARK LITHOGRAPHS
Using the same color palette as the 'Century of Ballparks' poster, the slightly smaller 12" x 18" individual ballpark prints will also be produced. Team inspired colors enclose each field with the name, established date, and outfield fence dimensions displayed in Gotham typeface. Each print will be 5 colors on heavy card stock.
The 'Century of Ballparks' poster will be printed at a larger 18" x 24" size to accommodate the level of detail within the illustrations. The diagram below compares the two print dimensions:
An eBook edition will be created for all backers who pledge $10 or more. It will include all 30 Ballpark Poster designs and additional information not available in print. The eBook will be designed and produced as a PDF using hi-res image files as the source to ensure compatibility. It will be best viewed on a 7" tablet or larger device.
There are eight rewards tiers, each offering various options in an effort to accommodate a spectrum of possibilities and budgets. Rewards range from a digital eBook to a Limited 'Grand Slam' Boxed Edition that includes the eBook, all 30 posters, the Century of Ballparks Poster and an exclusive 'Mystery Print'. The table below details the various tiers and their rewards. Kindly message me with any questions and I will respond promptly.
Fulfillment & Shipping Details
Once the project ends, a survey will be sent to each backer where specifics of each reward can be chosen and shipping address verified.
With the exception of the 'Grand Slam' tier, final prints will be rolled and shipped via USPS in heavy duty tubes to your door with a target ship date of May 2014.
Because heavy card stock has a tendency to crease when rolled too tightly, a maximum of three prints can be shipped per tube. If ordering more three prints, please message me to ensure proper handling. Additional shipping will apply.
The goal of this project is to provide continued funding and momentum that will enable the broader scope of the THIRTY81 Project to continue forward.
Keep apprised of new and additional projects as the develop. Most importantly, share with friends and fans of the game!
I've been a visual communicator for most of my adult life. As a cartographer, designer, and photographer, I approach my work with a minimalist mindset — every mark, every line, every color, every image is used with purpose and meaning. I look for hidden or obscured patterns and attempt to reveal them in unique ways. As a passionate (some would say obsessive) baseball fan, the game is often a source of inspiration and the subject of both personal and professional efforts, whether it's mapping 214 foul balls in Baltimore, designing information graphics about my hometown Angels, or creating a set of ballpark specific scorecards (redesigned for 2014 and available for free).
Risks and challenges
As an experienced graphic designer, I fully understand the production process from design to print. The posters are already designed and 'press ready'.
The biggest challenge will be the organization and logistics of fulfillment which can often hold a surprise or two. Fortunately, I have a terrific team behind me to dampen any unforeseen bumps.
I have successfully funded and fulfilled two Kickstarter projects previously, shipping over 300 rewards to six countries and 38 US states, most recently fulfilling rewards for the 49 backers of the 2014 Travel Routes Calendar project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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