A Kickstarter Baseball Find

Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform that allows entrepreneurs access to potential funding sources for creative projects by allowing business and product leaders to connect with people who will help provide financial capital to get an idea or product launched.

It’s an interesting phenomenon that provides small project creators to bring new ideas and products to light that might otherwise be unable to find funding. In exchange for providing financial assistance, these “backers” usually will pledge a dollar amount that will entitle them to receive some sort of perk whether that be a simple thank-you or the ability to get the product before it goes on sale to the general public most times at a discounted price.

03-19 CenturyI have been dabbling in Kickstarter for just over a year and in that time I have seen projects run the gambit from a simple idea to developing a whole new industry. I hope the small amount of money I have pledged will allow someone to fulfill their dream of seeing their product come to life.

These projects are not without some sort of risk. I’ve backed three projects where the product never made it and I have simply given money and learned a lesson too many new business owners don’t understand; it takes more than a great idea to make a successful business.

Most of the projects I back are design projects. That category includes graphical and product design. Being a creative personality myself I find these projects the most fascinating and at times inspirational.

Every once in a while I run across a project that not only possesses imaginative design but it incorporates other aspects of my life or interests. Take for example project creator Lou Spirito. Spirito is a self-proclaimed visual communication professional who has done graphic design for National Geographic, the Washington Post, and The Baltimore Sun.

Spirito is not only a gifted artist; he is also a fellow baseball aficionado. Through his Thirty81 Project Spirito produces some of the most creative and innovative baseball posters and graphics I have seen. I have backed nearly all of his projects and the results have been incredible.

Spirito’s latest project is called THIRTY81: The Fields of Baseball Poster Series, ReKicked. This is a relaunch of his first project with a leaner goal that has already allowed him to meet his target amount. The project is quite simple; he has created a series of posters called A Century of Ballparks.

The centerpiece of the project is a 18”x24” heavy card stock poster featuring the field dimensions of every current ballpark in Major League Baseball. In a single poster you can see the unique quirks of each ballpark along a timeline of when the field was built. From the historic Fenway Park and Wrigley Field to the state of the art Marlins Park in Miami they are all there.

Spirito has also created 12”x18” Ballpark posters for each individual ballpark allowing you to proudly display your favorite ballpark on your wall. For fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers he will also be creating a poster of the Sydney Cricket Grounds to give fans a perspective of what the dimensions and field looked like for the Opening Series in Sydney Australia.

The project is running now and is scheduled to end on April 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT. If you are a baseball fan looking for something unique to show your love for the game or if you know someone who is a baseball fanatic this is the perfect way to help an artist reach his dreams while receiving an incredible poster to hang on your wall. Besides the poster, all backers also receive a digital eBook with all the park dimensions and cool backgrounds for your computer showing each ballpark or the travel routes of each team for the 2014 season.

It is projects like this that are a reminder that baseball is not just a game but a muse that can inspire each of us whether we are diehard fans or professional artists the national pastime brings out the best in all of us.

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