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An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making...
An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making...
An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making...
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The National Park Poster Project combines a love of photography and the National Parks with the classic posters designs created during the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and 40s.

My name is Rob Decker, and I'm creating iconic posters of America’s National Parks -- from original photographs I've made over the last 35 years -- by transforming them through a digital process into graphic art. The result is a collection of original artwork reminiscent of the stylistic posters from the WPA-era. 

Photographing Yosemite National Park with Ansel Adams when I was just 19 years old.
Photographing Yosemite National Park with Ansel Adams when I was just 19 years old.

When I was just 19 years old, I had the amazing experience of studying photography under Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park -- that was back in 1979 -- an experience that solidified my love of photography and the National Parks and one of the inspirations behind this project. 

Since then, I have traveled the country visiting and photographing more than 40 of our National Parks! One of the goals for The National Park Poster Project is to generate awareness and engage people across all ages and backgrounds to experience the amazing places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture. And, hopefully, to help create the next generation of national park supporters.

New Posters in the "Centennial" Collection  

  • Badlands National Park 
  • Blue Ridge Parkway 
  • Death Valley National Park 
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park 
  • Mount Rainier National Park 
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial 
  • Olympic National Park 
  • Rocky Mountain National Park (Winter) 
  • Shenandoah National Park 
  • Wind Cave National Park 
  • "Worth Protecting" WPA-Era Poster

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The Centennial Collection

      
  
   
              

I'm looking to raise funds to continue this body of work and maintain the exceptional print quality we've already achieved. The "Centennial" Collection of National Park Posters are 13" x 19" (the approximate size the WPA posters were printed in the 1930s and 1940s), and printed on "Conservation", a 100% recycled, domestically-produced paper stock. Our printer, D&K Printing, is environmentally-conscientious, using bio-based inks and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance.

This print, celebrating the National Park Service Centennial (the Buffalogo says: 100th ANNIVERSARY & 1916-2016), is based on a WPA-era poster theme that the parks ARE worth protecting!

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, my hope is that you will become a partner in this historic endeavor. The National Park Poster Project helps to tell our personal histories as well -- road trips, family vacations, weddings, reunions -- important memories that remind us of our own experiences enjoying the often fascinating and always awe-inspiring beauty of our National Parks.

America's National Parks Map
America's National Parks Map

Here’s how you can participate and make this project come to life!

Back this campaign today by choosing one of the exclusive backer rewards and pledging. 

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Tell everyone you know: friends, family, the weekend nature photographer, the outdoor enthusiast, the awesome RV communities, and of course, the national parks fan. ...and you can be one of the first to get these never before released national park posters! 

Here's the Typography Poster!

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TOP HONORS - DENVER ART DIRECTOR'S CLUB

The original collection of posters from 2014 just won Top Honors in the 2015 Denver Art Directors Annual Show for Printing Excellence!

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Partners

GoodHangups - Recent winner of NBC Today Show's TODAY's Next Big Thing and fellow Kickstarter! GoodHangups are the clever new magnetic hanging system for posters, prints, photos and more! No Holes. No Damage. All Fun! Get more info at www.goodhangups.com

D & K Printing - Boulder, Colorado An environmentally conscientious printer who recycles inks, printing plates, paper trimmed from finished projects and the cardboard from shipping cartons. They are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance.

Dedicated to the companies, innovators, and professional misfits who stand-fast with a united creed that "Colorado is entrepreneurial by nature."

As Seen In

Coloradan, University of Colorado Alumni Magazine

Rapid City Journal

Good Nature Travel

ADD-ONS, UPGRADES & GIFT ORDERS

We'll be working with BackerKit to handle all of the ordering, which means you'll have more control over shipping addresses, changes to your order and possible Add-Ons. I'll be offering some very special additions, which are not part of the main campaign, so stay tuned for that! Also, you'll be able to place completely separate orders, should you decide to make National Park Posters part of your holiday gift giving! You'll be able to order anything from the campaign, or from our entire catalog, and ship it to a different address (with no invoice information) as a gift for the holidays!

Timeline

The Kickstarter Campaign runs through December 3rd. And all of the artwork will be ready for printing by then. It takes about two weeks to get proofs, print the posters -- wait for them to dry -- and get ready for shipping. So, I expect to start shipping on or before December 15th, which means they will be delivered in time for the holidays!

Please see the FAQ for more detailed information!

Risks and challenges

The risks to this project are few; the challenges, inspiring.

The risk is that our National Parks, which are so important on so many levels, are threatened every day. Many parks in the west suffered through major fires this past summer! Glaciers are melting at a rapid pace. Acid rain continues its deadly impact. Budget cuts limit our ability to preserve and protect some of the most amazing places on earth. The risk is NOT capturing the amazing beauty and nature of these parks before they suffer even more.

The challenge for me, as a photographer, is capturing that single, iconic image that accurately represents each and every one of these National Treasures. What I often find as the biggest challenge, however, is describing each park in just a few words!

I have been professionally involved in photography, graphic art and print projects for nearly 30 years. Since I will be responsible for creating all of the original images -- and then developing the artwork for each poster -- that aspect of the project is quite secure. I have been working with a printer in Boulder, Colorado, with outstanding sustainable practices and environmental certifications, printing the posters on "Conservation" a 100% recycled, domestically-produced paper stock.

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    59 National Parks Typography Poster: 11" x 17" black & white poster featuring the names of all 59 national parks...and are sized based on annual attendance. Kind of like a tag cloud! FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    1 POSTER - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL -- 2 POSTERS + 2 SETS OF GOODHANGUPS -- the clever new magnetic hanging system for posters (more info below)! Choose from: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks. Posters are Signed, Numbered & Dated.
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    2 POSTERS - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    3 POSTERS - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    4 POSTERS - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    5 POSTERS - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    6 POSTERS - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION - Each Poster is Signed, Numbered & Dated: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah and Wind Cave National Parks. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    22 POSTERS -- THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION & THE 2015 COLLECTION - Each Poster is Signed, Numbered & Dated: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks PLUS Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite and Zion. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    32 POSTERS -- THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION & THE 2015 COLLECTION & THE 2014 COLLECTION - Each Poster is Signed, Numbered & Dated: Badlands, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain (Winter), Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Shenandoah or Wind Cave National Parks PLUS Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite and Zion PLUS Acadia, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Glacier, Grand Teton, Great Sand Dunes, Haleakala, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain (Cub Lake), Rocky Mountain (Moraine Park) and Yellowstone. FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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    FRAMED ARTIST PROOF OF YOUR CHOICE! Artist Proofs are Signed, Numbered (AP 1/20) & Dated. Limited Edition Artist Proofs are the first 20 prints pulled from the press, have the highest quality, and are generally not available for immediate sale. Choose your favorite National Park! There are a maximum of 20 Artist Proofs per park. The frame is made from premium American poplar & finished with a beautiful water-based stain -- the ultimate in eco-friendly framing. Glazing is a heavy-duty, premium archival UV protective acrylic. The print is mounted on acid-free foam core. Backing paper keeps dust out of the frame and helps reduce fluctuations in humidity, and limits the infiltration of environmental gases. D-rings and picture wire installed, so it’s ready to hang! FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

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