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Did you know animal eyes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors? Read this picture book to your kids and explore the uniqueness of eyes.
Did you know animal eyes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors? Read this picture book to your kids and explore the uniqueness of eyes.
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When our daughter was first learning to talk she started with just a few words. One of those was “eyes”. And not only was she able to say it she would point them out in every book we read and would all but poke our eyes showing us she knew where ours were. Over the course of a few weeks I began to notice this fascination and wanted to create something around it.

I noticed that various animal eyes were unique and beautiful. This book is my attempt to create a physical artifact of the exploration into animal eyes. It’s been over a year in the making but I’m happy to say our daughter still loves eyes – and most importantly, she loves this book!


This has turned into so much more than a book

Throughout the course of the last year this project had turned into so much more than just creating a book. Personally it has taught me about setting goals and overachieving them. I’ve learned how to better simplify shapes and images. My illustration skills have improved. But most importantly I’ve learned to see through the eyes of my daughter.

What started as a book has broadened into a small flight of products around these illustrations. My family, friends, and professional contacts have all pushed me to dream bigger and accomplish more than I thought was possible with this project!

Now the book has morphed into a book, a memory game, and t-shirts (and those are just the rewards for this kickstarter). Post launch I want to also create art prints, pillows, and other merchandise to go along with the eyes theme.


Now that the project is complete I need your help to bring it to life.

In the last few months I have received prototypes of the pieces and everything looks amazing. I’ve read the book to my daughter many times and she picks it from the shelf on her own (that in and of itself is success). This is where you can make a difference and also experience the fin with your kids (nieces & nephews, grandkids, god children, or any other child you know).

The book

The book will be produced as a 6in x 6in board book on a matte stock. This format is age appropriate and will withstand chewing and other mishaps that toddlers are great at. Inside there are 10 illustrations with the potential to add more if we exceed the initial goal!

The memory game

The memory game comes with 28 pieces (14 matches). Each tile is 2.5in square on rigid cardboard. The 4 additional illustrations in this set are variations on animals from the book. Each game comes in a linen travel pouch which makes it easy to clean up and pack away.

The T-Shirts

The t-shirts are American Apparel shirts available in all sizes and printed using water-based inks through a digital process. If you select a reward level that includes a t-shirt, you will select the size and which of the 8 available options you want after the campaign is over.

 

 If the initial funding goal is attained we want to go above and beyond to continue making the funding fun. So if the campaign hits $6,000 we'll add 2 additional illustrations to every book. That will take the count from 10 to 12 animal eye illustrations! We can do this.

I (Michael E. Smith) am a husband, dad, and graphic designer. My passion for high-quality design lead me to study art and design in college, even though at the time I didn’t know much about it. Today, I focus on design thinking, branding and visual consistency. As a member of AWeber’s creative team, I thrive on visually presenting the AWeber brand while spearheading the company’s artistic direction. It’s more than just slapping a logo on everything; small visual details can make a big difference to consumers.

That is my professional life but personally I am passionate about applying my design knowledge to being a dad. There are so many products made for our kids that are ugly or poorly designed. So I create a blog (dadsigner.com) to share about the quality products I have found and why I think they are amazing. In addition I talk about intentional parenting and am constantly reviewing other children’s books from a designers perspective.

Risks and challenges

The risks associated with this project include any production delays that we may encounter with our 3rd parties. We have vetted them to eliminate as much of the concern here as possible.

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    Downloadable Coloring pages

    10 printable pages of the eyes illustrations that you can color. Great for kids and adults.

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    Early Bird Signed Book

    Be among the first 25 people to back the book and can get a signed copy at an early bird rate. Plus download the coloring pages.

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    The Book

    Love the book and want to help us fund? This is your option to get your very own copy. As a bonus you will also be able to download the coloring pages.

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    3 Book Pack

    We get it, you want a book for you plus some others to give away as gifts. Support this project at $25 and you'll get 3 books plus you can download the coloring pages.

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    Book + T-shirt

    To accompany your copy of the book, you can choose one of the illustrations to be printed on a t-shirt. In addition, you'll also get to download the coloring pages.

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    Book + a Memory Game

    The book is fun and you'll get a copy, but wouldn't it also be fun to be able to play a game with these illustrations? This reward will include a memory game with 14 matches. That's 4 more illustrations than are in the book itself! Oh and you can download the coloring pages.

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    5 Book Pack

    You REALLY love this book and want all your friends to have one too. Support this project at $50 and you'll get 5 books that will ship to US locations for free. Plus, you can download the coloring pages.

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    Book + T-shirt + Memory Game

    To accompany your copy of the book, you can choose one of the illustrations to be printed on a t-shirt. This reward will include a memory game with 14 matches. That's 4 more illustrations than are in the book itself! Oh and you can download the coloring pages.

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    Book + 3 T-shirts

    To accompany your copy of the book, you get 3 t-shirts of your choice featuring the illustrations. Oh and you can download the coloring pages.

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    Book + 3 T-shirts + Memory Game

    To accompany your copy of the book, you get 3 t-shirts of your choice featuring the illustrations and the memory game with 14 matches. Oh and you can download the coloring pages.

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    Book + custom eyes Illustration

    To accompany the book, I will create a custom eyes illustration of either you or your pet. This will be done in the same face/eyes style as the illustrations in the book. The file will be large enough to print as well as be used as a profile photo for social media.

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    Book + All the shirts + Memory Game

    To accompany your copy of the book, you get the full set of 10 t-shirts featuring the illustrations. This reward will include a memory game with 14 matches. That's 4 more illustrations than are in the book itself! Oh and you can download the coloring pages.

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Funding period

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