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Give your designs a hidden, professional edge with gorgeous CMYK studio poster that helps you find the perfect colors for every month.
112 backers pledged $3,357 to help bring this project to life.

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(Be sure to scroll down to see our Typography Forms STRETCH INCENTIVE too!)

"I’m very happy! A very reasonable price compared to the super expensive PANTONE line, which I don’t need." - Nimble Books, January 30, 2009

Think quick ... one of your clients asks for a design for an Autumn sale at their chain of jewelry stores. Which of these color schemes looks like it would connect with your audience better for that?

They're both well-designed color schemes, but does Number 1 speak to you more in the emotions of Autumn?

Well-designed color has a certain graphic sensitivity when it comes from a professional designer, there is something about the way colors work together, their tonality and the clearness of their communication that attests to the skill and experience of the designer. But perfect color is something that a well-prepared designer can learn, it's a scientific process as much as it is a creative one.

Galaxy Gauge brings a powerful new tool to graphic designers in the know; scientifically-designed color schemes that are designed to both harmonize with each other in frequency and also communicate clearly for the season.

For instance, you might need a color scheme for a luxury goods supplier, for an advertising campaign in the spring. The color you choose will have a subtly different result, some more effective, some less effective. The Galaxy Seasonal Color Harmonizer brings you the subtle artistic and scientific insight into correct color, and it does so in a wall-poster format that is both convenient and useful. Just like your wall-calendar guides your activities through the year, the Seasonal Color Harmonizer can guide your color communications through the year. Shipping in USA is included, Canada shipping is extra US$5, the Rest of the World is an extra US$10. All posters are calibration-printed on heavyweight stock and come ROLLED in a poster tube, not folded.

Pick beautiful color combinations with this nifty fold-out laminated map of CYMK colors. Produced by a friendly little grassroots company." - Bottom Line Marketing

Galaxy Gauge has produced professional graphic design tools since 1995. Since our first translucent graphics gauge, we've stayed small and provided the best value to our customers by selling direct. Now we're part of the powerful Open Source graphic design community with Scribus, and we hope to bring our tools to art supply stores, wholesalers and graphics distributors. We hope to raise some funds and product awareness to help bring this new product to market.

We're excited by the design community on Kickstarter because we can introduce our ideas and products to new people who are on the cutting edge of art, graphics and design. We have assembled a terrific batch of not-from-concentrate incentives, including color tools and graphics gauges. We hope you'll find them as potentially useful as the thousands of designers around the world who already design with Galaxy Color. THE SEASONAL COLOR HARMONIZER POSTER IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!

Tools for graphic design -- and they aren't kidding. Galaxy Gauge is bingo for designers." - Communication Arts, January/February 2003

  "It’s the kind of measuring tool I would’ve paid three times more for 30 years ago ... These low-tech tools should be on every designer’s desk." - Mac Design Magazine, March/April 2002

STRETCH INCENTIVES!

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Stretch Incentive #1 will unlock at $6500, and will be included with every incentive package! I figured out this threshold as where I can do this with the extra shipping and manufacturing costs. If the backers get the word out about this Kickstarter to your social networks, then I think we'll reach this one. It's a companion poster for the Color Seasonal Harmonizer Poster, but this one is for typography forms! The poster measures 19-inches wide by 13-inches tall and it includes a terrific guide to the forms of typography. If you've ever tried to communicate specific questions and concerns about type to your client or peers, this poster will help you identify the exact name for the portion of types. Rather than say "that bit on the top of the letter doesn't quite work in this design" you can say "The ear and the link work on the two loops, but I think the bowl on the closed counter is a little flat. We need to get the logo forms into Illustrator and tweak them."

Precision design requires precision communication.

The poster also shows you how to classify type and works seamlessly with our free downloadable PDF Font I.D. 2.0 tool on our website. Link is here. The Typography Forms poster will be a terrific addition to any design studio, please spread the word to your social networks so we can ship this one to you with the rest of your incentives.

MORE PRESS AND FEEDBACK ABOUT THESE TOOLS:

"Handy tool with precision measurements and a multitude of useful features. Great companion to a desktop publishing software toolbox. "Useful way to accurately assess how printed CMYK colors will look and a great tool that makes it easy to select good color combinations.", Rating: 5 (out of 5) - About.com Desktop Publishing

"Galaxy Gauge has released some extremely useful tools for graphic designers everywhere -- and what's more, these DTP tools are extremely cheap ... Top stuff." - Computer Arts, December 2003


"As with all Galaxy Gauge products, they’ve taken extreme care to be accurate and aesthetically pleasing." - Mac Hints & Tips, Dec 27, 2004


"An Exceptional Graphic Arts Ruler ... includes all the features you expect, plus some incredibly useful surprises." - Design Tools Monthly, Issue #109 September 2001


"I cannot imagine working without these kinds of tools" -- J.H., Dayton OH "My colleagues at work saw my galaxy gauge and demanded that they all have their own too." — H. T., Temecula, CA

"I pondered buying them for about a whole minute." — T. D., Orlando, FL

"Nice products, great price!" — A. S., Hanover, PA "Love the ruler! Don't know what I was doing without it all this time." — T.F., Austin, TX

"Everyone has been oohing and aahing over all the measurements included on the gauge ..." — S.W., New York, NY

"... your prices seemed low so I went for it. I'm a sucker for tools like these :) " -- L.T., Miami Lakes, FL

"I'm a graphic design student, and I also work in the Graphic Arts industry, so this is a 'must have'" -- A.M., Guadalajara, Mexico

“... hard time justifying the price of Pantone swatches in the type of area I work. I'm hoping your product will be a useful substitute." -- S.L., Spring Hill, Queensland, Australia

"It is one of those devices that are always needed but no one ever has one or knows where to get one...." -- J.M., NY, NY

"I could of used these tools when I was in graduate school!" -- N.P., Denver, CO

"I teach a design course .. and thought it would be a great tool for my students." -- S.S., Silver Spring, MD

"I think I will go ahead and have our campus bookstore order a bunch from you every semester ... It's the Swiss Army Knife of design!" -- M.E., Sacramento CA

"... one of the students brought your gauge into class its the best one I ever saw so I ordered one for myself." -- L.S., Myerstown, PA

"I've been looking for one of these for a long time. Thanks." -- Dave -- D.J., DeLand, FL "It looked very appealing to have such intricate tools for a graphic designer." -- F.H., Frederick, MD

"Love my new tools!!! The ruler rocks - No more guessing if it is an 1/8 or a 1/16th! Yeah!" -- N.H., Dayton, OH

"... I ordered one of your Galaxy Gauges and I love it! It's a very useful tool so I told my director at work about it and she would like me to order one for each of our designers" -- W.G., Washington, DC

"Sounds like a gadget I've been looking for with today's mix of traditional and digital needs." -- N.H., Lindale, TX

"Thanks for the cool product. I have a million transparent type rulers but none of them seem to be as useful as this one." -- C.P., Monterey, CA

"I've been doing this for about 20 years and these tools are as complete and comprehensive as any I've seen. -- P.T., Chicago, IL

"I wish I would of had these tools years ago ... Just used the Harmonizer, it took all of about 2 minutes to find the perfect color combinations!" -- D.M., Altoona, PA

"You're a credit to graphic artists everywhere!" -- M.M., Aurora, IL

"Come to our country someday! -- H.G., Istanbul, Turkey

"I was looking for the Schadler ruler initially, but discovered yours in the magazine. Yours is definitely much more versatile and powerful. I'm sure my colleagues will be equally impressed" -- N.K., Bridgewater, NJ

"When everyone in our department saw your ruler, they all wanted one." -- D.E., Bloomington, MN

"... any method which can solve a few problems is always warmly welcomed." -- M.R., Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom

"They are so useful" -- T.H., Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

"The Galaxy Gauge is the perfect tool for any student in design. I feel you will go a long way with this product." -- M.V., Brooklyn, NY

"It is a beautiful, beautiful piece of work." -- D.N., Kingston, NY

"If you are attempting to make satisfied customers, you are succeeding!" -- R.B., Marlborough, NH

"Thank you for your kindness and for sending the products out so quickly." -- M.G., Munich, Germany

"The Galaxy Gauge has become a regular part of our design work flow ... we absolutely love it!!!" -- J.M., Louisville, KY

"They were exactly what I was looking for but couldn't find - just like an itch that you can't scratch!" -- D.V., San Francisco, CA

"It is a pleasure, for once, to say that I feel I received more than my money's worth." -- R.G., Kamloops, BC, Canada

"Your products are FANTASTIC!!!! All three guides will make my everyday life much easier. I especially love the color guide and have used it twice since I opened it today." -- L.P., N Ft Myers, FL

"I used to have a similar tool but that was a different job and I haven't seen one since. It will be great to have. I'm getting one for each designer here." -- K.T., Bentonville, AR

"... am trying to start my career in graphic design so anything that can make my life easier as a designer would be great!" -- S.C., Rochester, NY

"It seemed to me to be a pretty handy set of tools. Thanks for creating such a resource for your fellow graphic designers." -- N.S., Carbondale, IL

"Just took a digital prepress class and a gauge was a recommended tool." -- E.J., Tempe, AZ

"I am still giddy with excitement with the prospect of using them on a job for the first time. Can't wait ... You have very fine quality, useful and FUN products." -- K.R., San Luis Obispo, CA

"Thank you for producing the equivalent of a swiss army knife for designers" -- D.G., Northridge, CA

"Your tools will help me a great deal in my day-to-day work. Thanks! -- V.W., San Francisco, CA

"It's awesome! ... Your gauges are top quality" -- J.A., Miami, FL

" ... pleeeease don't ever go out of business!" -- L.P., North Ft. Myers, FL

"A great little group of utilities, still very needed in the design world" -- J.C., Brooklyn, NY "What a great idea! A huge timesaver! -- T.G., Richmond, BC, Canada

Risks and challenges

Low risk, most of the incentives are in stock, waiting to ship, the poster needs to be produced, but we're very experienced at making these with production-run litho. The shipping and fulfillment has been carefully calculated and prepared. We've produced and sold graphic design tools like this since 1995, but this will be the first poster we've done of such high quality and utility. We've added some room with shipping in case there are production delays. Also, we're quicker at fulfillment now that we already managed a previously successful Kickstarter with over 300 backers.

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    Seasonal Color Harmonizer Poster, Full-sized cinema-format poster, 22-inches wide x 28 inches tall, calibration printed on heavy cover. Perfect for any design studio.

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    Seasons Color Poster Plus Set - Full-sized cinema-format poster, 22-inches wide x 28 inches tall. Includes 12-inch Galaxy Gauge Elite, with full-featured on-board design tools for professional typographic excellence.

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    Graphic Designer's Season Poster Set - Includes poster and designer’s set. Full-featured set for any design studio,
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    Art Director's Seasonal Color Poster Set - A terrific addition to any design studio, includes poster and art tools. Includes our flagship 18-inch Galaxy Gauge Imperial, full-sized Color Zil for through- the-year color prediction & design. Includes all tools from other sets.

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