About this project
Hello, we're Meimei + Po!
WHO WE ARE: Meimei + Po is a whimsical goods brand started up by two friends: illustrator Jon Lau and designer Natalie Huynh. Meimei + Po aspires to delight and inspire wonder through its everyday products.
Meimei + Po is defined by its airy, dreamlike qualities stemming from its fantastical characters and settings. It pulls elements from a storybook-like world, and has recurring themes such as the intersection of humans and nature. In our world, bear princes sip tea while adorned in floral brocade, little girls ride tigers into battle, and storms are caused by battling leviathans.
We plan on designing and producing a whole line of products such as tote bags, phone cases, clothing, etc. But first, we're making a calendar.
ABOUT THE CALENDAR: The calendar has 13 different illustrations, featuring a beautiful mix of people, fauna, and flora. Each image was painted by Jon using gouache, scanned in at a high resolution, and will be reproduced for our calendar on the best paper possible, so it can double as a set of premium art prints. (Try framing them or hanging them as posters at the end of the year.) The paper is expensive, but we want this product to set the standard for every other product we produce in the future. It will have:
- 6"x12" dimensions
- Silver Wire-O Hanger binding
- Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Finish 66 lb. Cover Paper in Ultrawhite
- 14 printed pages: cover, 12 months, and back cover
- .052 or .070 point chipboard backing (haven't decided which but both are extremely thick for shipping durability)
- Full color offset printing
- Shrink wrapping
The calendar is already fully designed and ready to go to print when this Kickstarter is successfully funded. Natalie is a seasoned graphic designer who knows the ins and outs of print production, including paper selection, color management, and print proofing--so don't worry, the calendar will look amazing.
ABOUT THE KICKSTARTER: We're setting our goal limit well below what it costs to print even just a thousand of the calendars, because we want our campaign to be successful with its the first attempt. To cover the overhead start-up costs and printing, we would need to raise about $6000. This doesn't cover labor, because Meimei + Po is a labor of love for us. Even if we don't reach $6,000, every little bit helps!
SHIPPING: We're leaving the calendar shipping to the pros: Amazon, with their Multi-channel Fulfillment Service. Details here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=200240460
With Amazon, you can expect fast delivery and packaging by people who know what they're doing. No Prime Two-Day Delivery though, sorry!
REWARDS: We have digital goods, print goods, and commissioned art up for grabs! See our reward tiers. We also have ALL the original art from this calendar for sale. Most of them are well represented by the calendar art, except for the Cover Art, January and February, shown below.
Currently, only U.S. backers can get a calendar due to exorbitant international shipping costs. The costs also vary so widely from country to country, that it makes it impossible to figure out a flat reward tier cost for international backers. However, digital rewards, autographed postcards, commissioned postcards, and original art are all available internationally! The calendar will also be available to all on our website after the Kickstarter ends as well.
TIMELINE AND DELIVERY
We plan to send the files off to the printers by the second week of January.
For those getting their calendar by mail: The printing takes 2 days, the binding takes 4 days, and having the calendars shipped to Amazon we're guessing will take 2-5 days. Your order will be processed there within 1-2 days. From there, it will ship to your home and the time it takes will depend on your distance from the Amazon warehouse, but between 2-5 days.
For those picking up their calendar in SoCal: The printing takes 2 days, the binding takes 4 days. After that we'll schedule several pick-up dates in January (and February if necessary) so backers can take them home. If you can't make it to any of the dates, you can send us shipping costs after the fact via Paypal.
AFTER KICKSTARTER: Once this campaign wraps up, we'll be selling our calendars on meimeiandpo.com. International customers can purchase it there, where we can calculate shipping by country.
THANK YOU: Thank you so much for checking out our Kickstarter. It means a lot to us! Please follow us on our social media sites and keep up with us! :)
Risks and challenges
Some possible delays in production may include not having the paper or binding we want in stock. Ordering them would add a week onto production time. Color adjustments after seeing the printer's proof may also add some time, but we don't think this is likely since we'll be giving them our own high-quality inkjet prints for color matching. Getting the calendar out is our first priority, so this process will be as fast as possible.
Some challenges include keeping up with the extra backer rewards. We won't really know how many we need to make until the Kickstarter finishes but we've made the rewards fairly manageable, just in case. Most of our rewards are digital for easy distribution. Postcards are easy to mail. The commissioned postcard sketches are easy to mail as well. Jon has experiencing shipping his original works, so we imagine that won't be too problematic.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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