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The Really Useful CMYK Colour Chart displays 1025 unique colour swatches and their 4-colour (CMYK) breakdowns, on 1 convenient poster!
The Really Useful CMYK Colour Chart displays 1025 unique colour swatches and their 4-colour (CMYK) breakdowns, on 1 convenient poster!
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Designed using a custom blending algorithm, The Really Useful CMYK Colour Chart displays 1025 colour swatches and their 4-colour breakdowns, on 1 convenient poster. 

Designers know that traditional swatch books can be expensive. But The Really Useful CMYK Colour Chart is a low-cost alternative, giving you access to over 1000 vibrant colours you can use in your artwork - as well as something that looks great in your studio! 

Even if you’re not a Designer, The Really Useful CMYK Colour Chart is a great way to add a thousand splashes of colour to your wall! And we ship anywhere in the world, with free shipping options available, making it a great gift for you, or someone you love.

Design by numbers

When we first started designing the poster, we were choosing colours by eye. This was not only a long process, but once we’d almost finished the poster - we decided we just weren’t happy with it!

We knew we needed a different approach that would give us the 1025 beautiful and unique colour swatches we wanted, but that also displayed them in a uniform and attractive way. So we turned to Mathematics… 

Working with a very clever Engineer we developed an Excel program that can accept any 4-colour value, in one of 9 points on a grid (as shown above), and the program will interpolate between those values in the correct way. Every number needed to be a whole, positive number between 0 and 100. The Excel program also needed to check for duplicates (ensuring every one of the one thousand colours was unique), and export the results in a number of formats. 

Whilst the Mathematics behind the program was a little over our head, we loved the results! Once we had a pattern we were happy with, we employed someone else to write a custom InDesign script that would import the spreadsheet of values output by the Excel program, and change the colour of the 1025 squares on the grid accordingly. Both elements were a HUGE time-saver, and proof that there is more than one way to solve a problem!

Formats

The poster is available in a range of formats to suit different budgets and applications. We’ve got you (and your wall) covered.

Digital - Downloadable, printable PDF version of the poster. This will be sent out immediately after the campaign is over.

Folded - A1 size poster. Printed on 170gsm gloss paper. Folded down to A4 for easy shipping - which is how we can offer FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. Comes with a FREE Digital copy of the poster as soon as the campaign is over.

Rolled - A1 size poster. Printed on 250gsm gloss paper. Comes rolled in a cardboard tube. This means there are no creases in your poster, but it does cost extra to ship. Comes with a FREE Digital copy of the poster as soon as the campaign is over.


Funding & Rewards

Funding

We've developed the product, designed the brand, built the website and produced the video. Now, all we need is the money to fund our first print-run, so we can get The Really Useful CMYK Colour Chart off the ground and into the hands of those who want it.

Rewards

We are offering ‘Digital’, ‘Folded’ and ‘Rolled’ versions of the poster as rewards.

Download links to the Digital version of the poster will be sent out as soon as you have given us your email address (by filling in your Backer Survey).

Assuming you fill in your Backer Survey in time, we will endeavour to ship your physical poster within 3 weeks of the campaign ending. 

Conclusion

This poster was designed out of a genuine need for an alternative to expensive swatch books. We are really happy with the end product, and genuinely believe it will help many people produce better artwork, as well as brighten up their studio! We love that thought, we love this product and we love our business. We hope you do too.

Packaging

Depending on which version of the poster you buy, it will be shipped in different packaging.

Folded - These A1 posters are folded down to A4 size (the same size as a sheet of office paper) and placed inside a mailing envelope. This means the overall package is very small and light, and therefore much cheaper to ship than the ‘Rolled’ version (which is how we can offer FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE).

Rolled - This version is the same size as the Folded version (A1), but it comes rolled rather than folded (meaning they arrive with you crease-free). They are shipped inside an A1-sized cardboard mailing-tube, which means they are more expensive to ship than the Folded version (which is why we charge extra for shipping).

Carriers & Transit Times

All versions (apart from Folded posters shipping to the UK) are sent via tracked and signed services, meaning you'll receive a tracking number for your order once it has been dispatched, and you'll be required to sign for the package once it reaches you.

UK

Folded
Service: Royal Mail 1st Class
Average transit time: 1-2 working days

Rolled
Service: Royal Mail Special Delivery
Average transit time: 1-2 working days

Europe

Folded
Service: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed
Average transit time: 7-10 working days

Rolled
Service: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed
Average transit time: 7-10 working days

United States & Canada

Folded
Service: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed
Average transit time: 7-10 working days

Rolled
Service: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed
Average transit time: 7-10 working days

Rest of the World (ROW)

Folded
Service: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed
Average transit time: 10-12 working days

Rolled
Service: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed
Average transit time: 10-12 working days

Shipping Cost

UK

Folded - FREE
Rolled - £8

Europe

Folded - FREE
Rolled - £11

United States & Canada

Folded - FREE
Rolled - £15

Rest of the World (ROW)

Folded - FREE
Rolled - £15

Risks and challenges

We've developed the product, designed the brand, built the website and produced the video. Now, all we need is the money to fund our first print-run, so we can get The Really Useful CMYK Colour Chart off the ground and into the hands of those who want it. We’ve set a realistic funding target and we see very little risk that we will not be able to fulfil all rewards, but if there are any issues with production, our backers would be the first to know.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Digital Version

    Downloadable, printable PDF version of the poster - perfect for calibrating your own printer. This will be sent out immediately after the campaign is over.

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    Folded Version (FREE SHIPPING)

    A1 Size poster. Printed on 170gsm gloss paper. Folded down to A4 for easy shipping. Comes with FREE Shipping Worldwide & FREE Digital Version.

    Includes:
    • Folded copy of the poster
    • Printable PDF
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    Rolled Version

    A1 size poster. Printed on 250gsm gloss paper. Comes rolled in a cardboard tube. This means there are no creases in your poster, but shipping costs extra. Comes with a FREE Digital Version.

    Includes:
    • Rolled copy of the poster
    • Printable PDF
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    54 backers
    £
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