About this project
After the project ends, find extra copies and other fun stuff at http://shop.adamjk.com
It's the end of the year again, somehow. The holidays are creeping up and before you know it we will be thrown headfirst in 2015. We're entering sci-fi territory, we're entering scary-number years. The internet is taking over, it's neutral, it's not, dogs have blogs and a disgruntled cat makes more than my annual salary. Your watch makes phone calls and a wedding ring has a silent mode. What the hell is happening, where do we live, and will we ever see a book again?
Of course we will. I am an internet addict too. I have the same problems we all have. But once a year, at this time, I start to plan small ways to help myself in the coming year. Small steps and tricks to push myself into the person I want to be. I want to read more, I want to write, I want to try to draw (drawing is hard). I want to drink more water, take a nap, wash my hair more (or less, or never, or with "dry shampoo").
The Unsolicited Advice planner is a weekly day planner, to help you organize your year. But it's a lot more, too. It's all those little things we know we should do but don't, it's "calling home" and "remembering Valentines' Day" and "eating a donut if you've earned it." This weird little pocket calendar has been made for people like us. I know, because I've made it. If you're still reading, you probably get what I'm talking about.
More than just a planner, this thing is a tiny nagging friend in a book. Your (stupider) inner monologue, your "cool mom" (not like a regular mom). This is a weird, special little thing, and it's going to set the tone for a fantastic new year. 2015 is going to be such a fantastic year, I'm sure of it!
As a graphic designer, I value things like clarity and legibility. As a weird loser creep, I love squishy scribbles and dumb jokes in the margins. The planner is a balance of both, keeping you entertained, but also functioning as a usable weekly planner that will not overtake your own writing. It's got plenty of wide open spaces for you to use, and the goofy pages are always printed back to back, which means you can tear them right out if they get in the way of your scheduling. This is your book, make your own rules!
- 5" x 6" coil bound weekly planner and journal
- Approximately 120 B&W pages, coil bound with cardstock cover
- Overview calendars at the beginning, activities and "guides" to get you going, followed by weekly planning pages with plenty of surprises and unsolicited advice throughout
- I make this entire thing myself and it is personal and I love you
- Shipped in time for Christmas & probably Chanukah, depending on where you live in the world. All USA orders will arrive in time to be wrapped!
Obviously, the structure doesn't change too much, but the rest of the content is fair game. Expect old favorites like the "Zzah Brahs" pizza rating scale, plenty of internet, tons of tiny notes and jokes, and standard resources like measurement conversions and a full year overview on the inside cover.
Take a look at some of my favorite spreads from last year's edition:
(You can hit pause and view fullscreen to take a better look!)
There are lots of fun treats involved here, and the best part is that EVERY REWARD LEVEL COMES WITH THEM.
Each copy of the planner comes with:
- a 2015 New Year postcard from me to you
- a party balloon for tiny celebrations
- a pencil with eraser to start you off
- 1 more surprise
You'll get all of that with your $15 support pledge! Higher pledge levels include multi-packs and some other stuff. Read the descriptions for additional details at each level.
This is also the best way to get in on my 2015 MAIL ART CLUB! Every year, I prepare a subscription-based club, and members get original art and products from me. In 2013 it was a weird mix of small stuff every other month. This year it's been larger items, including a t-shirt, foam hands, award medals, tote bags, and advance copies of my book, shipped quarterly. 2015 will continue along with some staples (like postcards, patches, and a t-shirt) plus some total wildcard items. They'll be shipped without any regular schedule, so you'll be surprised all year long! At the $100 pledge you'll get the planner on time ($15) and then it's $70 for a year's worth of stuff (and $15 for all the individual shipping costs). I'll reach out after the campaign ends for extra details.
I am a nice guy with a computer and 2 pens. I've been active on the internet for a long time, navigating through the rise of social media (or whatever) and becoming enthralled, then jaded, then overwhelmed and back again. Making fun little creative bits and pieces is my hobby, and over the last few years I've started taking that offline, and making real, tangible things. Postcards, t-shirts, balloons and zines, patches, pins and coffee mugs. Anything at all that can hold a small sentiment. This will be my 4th year of Unsolicited Advice, and these Kickstarter-backed planners have led to some wonderful things.
My first book, 1 PAGE AT A TIME: A DAILY CREATIVE COMPANION was just released last month by Penguin Random House and is available in bookstores everywhere right now. It's not a calendar (it has no dates or page numbers), but rather a 384 page book crammed full of prompts and activities that range from introspective to idiotic. 1 PAGE AT A TIME is bursting with positivity, negativity, optimism and internet. It's a really wonderful and personal book and I can't believe I got to make it.
This year's edition of the Unsolicited Advice planner is meant to accompany the book. You don't neeeeeeeeeeed one to enjoy the other, but if you do the book one page at a time throughout the year, you'll notice cross communication, in-jokes, and more surprises. So maybe you kind of do! Jump into my weird little world with me and we'll do this together. If you're the kind of person who loves books and writing, or know someone who is, these will make a perfect pair for the best gift ever.
- This went pretty (2013) well (2014) the last two years...
- Read an interview with me on the Kickstarter blog!
- I also dressed as the planner last Halloween (seriously).
The whole point of this project is to make something cool and nice. It started as a gift for friends and has steadily grown into my favorite way to end the year -- by creating something weird, personal, and helpful, and then personally sending it to people all over the world. It means a whole lot to me to be able to share the year with you, to make you smile when you turn the page after a shitty week and start fresh with a bad joke and a stupid doodle.
I design, write, and draw everything myself, pick them up myself from a local printer, and then sit in the living room packing hundreds of envelopes with books, balloons, pencils and treats.
This project is not my job. This is just something special I love to do.
Risks and challenges
I am getting really good at this! Last year I thought I was good at shipping... but this year I am even better, printing even international postage from my apartment! Which means no waiting to process individually at the post office, I can just Santa Claus 'em all over in one big trip.
I'm also starting a little earlier to allow for more time before the holidays. Plus, Chanukkah is way later in December this year so that helps too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter