Between being a dad, a freelance graphic designer, and a Kickstarter optimist, it became obvious to me that I really needed a wall calendar for the whole year where I could block chunks of time. A macro view of what is to come.
I looked around and the year calendars out there are mostly an eyesore. There's some wasted space each month on empty boxes. Functionally, it's useful for me to think in terms of weeks. Saturdays and Sundays belong together. I mulled all that over and designed my own! And then some friends said they want one too! And then why not everyone? So here we are.
The goals were to: make it beautiful, make it functional, and make it flexible.
Want to write a whole word across a week? Make a colored marker Gantt chart? Bullet journal? Washi tape?! This calendar gives just enough structure without getting in the way.
Things like "Coffee this Wednesday at 10am" are always going to live on my phone. I like the reminders and the extra information. But how do I mark off sets of weeks for one project or another? What if I have a habit I'd like to "not break the chain" (like writing, or exercise).
And what if it were easy for multiple people to use it together?
Have a partner or roommates? Run a studio with multiple people where it would be useful to share general time planning? It would be so convenient to see if someone is going to a conference, planning an event, going on vacation, etc.
It could also be useful to block off an entire vertical column if someone has something to do on the same day of the week (like a class every Monday, or picking up the kids).
The design of this calendar started out clean, but wasn't SO minimal. I already knew I didn't want to have bounding boxes per day like a regular calendar because I wanted to block off sets of days or weeks without having to write or draw across lines (it's designer obsessive compulsive :)
But then what? Well I started talking to the people around me. And when people proposed things like: drawing a picture, adding stickers, using washi tape to mark off time, and all sorts of other things I hadn't considered, it made sense to just get out of the way of all that.
The design of the calendar emphasizes weeks to make planning easier. Unlike regular calendars, no week gets broken up between two months. The weekend days are grouped together, and the first of the month is marked with a black bar.
And the black bars give it a nice musical rhythm.
Note about Shipping Cost
The shipping tubes for the calendars are pretty large, and the post office charges by "volume weight." We're absorbing some of the shipping cost into the price of the poster, but in the age of free shipping it may be a surprise.
It's also for this reason there's no shipping outside of the United States right now, because it would cost as much as the poster, and that feels weird.
Risks and challenges
I have worked as a professional graphic designer for ten years, first in entertainment advertising (including movie posters) and then freelance for clients big and small (including Google, EA, Reuters, Harvard, and Harley Davidson).
I have a relationship with a printer I trust in Nashville, Tennessee that is ready to print and fulfill the orders on time. If we reach our minimum goal by December 4th, then whoever gets the early bird poster will receive it by Christmas!
In the event that this project exceeds any expectations, we will have the money to hire more people to help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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