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A series of beautiful, simple, note cards and silkscreen printed posters of quotes from scientists, philosophers and great thinkers.
A series of beautiful, simple, note cards and silkscreen printed posters of quotes from scientists, philosophers and great thinkers.
A series of beautiful, simple, note cards and silkscreen printed posters of quotes from scientists, philosophers and great thinkers.
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A2 silkscreen posters of Oscar Wilde, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Bernard M. Baruch.
A2 silkscreen posters of Oscar Wilde, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Bernard M. Baruch.



"Beautifully designed" – Shortlist Magazine
"Sophisticated" – Gadget Flow
"Beautifully minimalist" – Design Taxi
"Interesting" – Typostrate
"Inspirational" – My Modern Met

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My name is Alex, designer at TruthStudio in Sheffield, and I'd like your help to create a series of unique limited-edition A2 posters and A6 note cards. Each poster and card displays inspirational and thought-provoking quotes from great thinkers.

Look at the cards and posters below, then choose from the list of pledges. You can order in quantities of 1-10 items – in any combination of posters and packs of cards. You don't need to do anything else: I'll contact you at the end of the funding period to confirm your choice of items and your delivery address.



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24 Great Minds.

Each poster is printed white on black, while the cards come in a variety of colours.
Each poster is printed white on black, while the cards come in a variety of colours.

24 note cards + presentation box.

Each card is printed on 300gsm Zen by GF Smith, and is packaged inside a presentation box stamped with silver foil. All cards are blank inside, folded to A6 (10.5 x 14.8cm / 4.1 x 5.8"), and come with envelopes. Each box of 24 cards counts as one item (£25) in the list of pledges.

24 x A6 note cards, printed in a range of colours onto Zen by GF Smith.
24 x A6 note cards, printed in a range of colours onto Zen by GF Smith.
All 24 note cards are blank inside.
All 24 note cards are blank inside.
ROW 1: Schopenhauer, Edison, Curie, Emerson, Bethune, Carver. ROW 2: Wilde, Roosevelt, Darwin, Baruch, Douglass, Washington. ROW 3: Rand, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Twain, Nightingale, Lincoln. ROW 4: Earhart, Marx, Woolf, Freud, Turing, Einstein.
ROW 1: Schopenhauer, Edison, Curie, Emerson, Bethune, Carver. ROW 2: Wilde, Roosevelt, Darwin, Baruch, Douglass, Washington. ROW 3: Rand, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Twain, Nightingale, Lincoln. ROW 4: Earhart, Marx, Woolf, Freud, Turing, Einstein.
The set of 24 note cards come inside a 100% recycled presentation box, which is stamped with silver foil.
The set of 24 note cards come inside a 100% recycled presentation box, which is stamped with silver foil.


24 limited edition silkscreen posters.

All posters are printed with two inks (white and a flash of colour) onto high quality 270gsm Ebony Colorplan by GF Smith. Using traditional, hand-pulled, silkscreen printing processes each quote is lovingly crafted into a limited edition A2 print (42 x 59.4cm / 16.5 x 23.4"), signed and numbered by me. Each poster counts as one item (£25) in the list of pledges.

1 – Friedrich Nietzsche: "You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
1 – Friedrich Nietzsche: "You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
2 – Arthur Schopenhauer: "Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see."
2 – Arthur Schopenhauer: "Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see."
3 – Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
3 – Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
4 – Thomas Edison: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
4 – Thomas Edison: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
5 – Theodore Roosevelt: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
5 – Theodore Roosevelt: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
6 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky: "To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's."
6 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky: "To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's."
7 – Bernard M. Baruch: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
7 – Bernard M. Baruch: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
8 – Florence Nightingale: "I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse."
8 – Florence Nightingale: "I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse."
9 – Abraham Lincoln: "Whatever you are, be a good one."
9 – Abraham Lincoln: "Whatever you are, be a good one."
10 – Charles Darwin: "I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men."
10 – Charles Darwin: "I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men."
11 – Mary McLeod Bethune: "Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist."
11 – Mary McLeod Bethune: "Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist."
12 – George Washington Carver: "Where there is no vision there is no hope."
12 – George Washington Carver: "Where there is no vision there is no hope."
13 – Frederick Douglass: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
13 – Frederick Douglass: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
14 – Booker T. Washington: "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
14 – Booker T. Washington: "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
15 – Alan Turing: "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine."
15 – Alan Turing: "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine."
16 – Albert Einstein: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
16 – Albert Einstein: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
17 – Mark Twain: "Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
17 – Mark Twain: "Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
18 – Oscar Wilde: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
18 – Oscar Wilde: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
19 – Ayn Rand: "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
19 – Ayn Rand: "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
20 – Marie Curie: "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
20 – Marie Curie: "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
21 – Karl Marx: "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it."
21 – Karl Marx: "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it."
22 – Amelia Earhart: "The most effective way to do it is to do it."
22 – Amelia Earhart: "The most effective way to do it is to do it."
23 – Sigmund Freud: "One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."
23 – Sigmund Freud: "One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."
24 – Virginia Woolf: "Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."
24 – Virginia Woolf: "Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."

The paper.

Each quote is printed onto a weighty stock: 270gsm Colorplan by GFSmith. Why? Artists and designers all over the world use this premium uncoated paper because it is beautiful, iconic, and FSC certified. The quote is printed in white, while names are printed in a solid colour.

Screen printing. 

Silkscreen printing is a traditional, versatile technique that uses mesh to create a stencil for artists to print their work onto almost any surface. Ink is 'pushed' through the stencil by hand using a squeegee, leaving a beautiful finish. 

Strictly limited edition.

The earlier you back the project, the earlier your edition will be. Get in fast though: once each print is sold out it will never be reprinted in the same colours at A2.

What your money pays for.

Production costs, packaging, and postage.

Spread the word.

I can only pull this off with your help. Please spread the word on Twitter – follow me @Szabo_Haslam, share on Facebook and Instagram, and post on any blogs you come across. Regular updates will be posted on my Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Behance, and Dribbble for you to share.

Risks and challenges

I have lots of experience working with printers and great care is taken to make sure each print is of the highest quality; although the silkscreen process leads to tiny imperfections, this is part of what makes each print unique.

Hand-pulled silkscreen printing cannot be churned out in five minutes at the touch of a button: it takes a steady hand, a keen eye, with a lot of preparation and effort. The printer aims to complete orders within three weeks. I check, sign and number, then pack each poster individually. Delivery to customers in the UK should take no more than five working days but overseas orders will take longer to arrive.

Over the years I have produced and dispatched several hundred silkscreen prints around the world, and I do not anticipate any major issues to arise. While I do everything possible to ensure overseas orders arrive in a timely manner, I've encountered problems with Australian orders taking up to six weeks to arrive. I pay for tracking on all UK and international orders – and can provide details on request.

I do not supply frames. A2 is a standard size and most independent picture framers stock them in a variety of finishes.

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