Why do most calendar/planners feel so sterile? Why are they some fake-leather-bound-zipper-bullshit? Why are they full of the same dusty quotes that would be inspirational if that hadn't lost all meaning? What is nice is a planner that feels like it was made by someone you know or can at least relate to. If you're going to really use a planner and fill it with your plans, notes and thoughts, shouldn't it at least feel human?
Unsolicited Advice is a weekly planner with dated pages to help you keep your life organized in 2016. Part calendar, part journal, it's intended to help you keep your shit together but also kick your ass a little bit. It nags you with small reminders like "go to bed what are you even doing right now???" then makes you laugh with unexpected surprises and of course my shitty drawings. It's stupid and useful, full of surprises, with plenty of space for you to make it your own.
I've filled this thing with weird activity pages that might remind you of being a kid, or you know, some time when you weren't glued to your phone. They're child-ish, but not childish. This is not for children. It references the internet but doesn't beat you to death with tired emoji jokes. It references pop-culture but it's not obsessed with any popstars (except for Alanis Morissette, who it is very obsessed with).
For this year's edition, every written word, drawing, and line has been created with a single mini pencil, which is rapidly shrinking. That includes every drawn part of this Kickstarter campaign! Your copy will come with a mini pencil too. If I can make all this with a single pencil, imagine what you'll do! 2016 is just like any other year – entirely up to you.
- 5" x 6" so you can carry it around pretty easily.
- Wire-bound lets you lie it flat so you can actually write in it.
- 160 black & white pages full of fun activities, reflective exercises and tiny scrawled reminders.
- Every week appears across two pages, with more space for daily notes and an "end of week" catch up space for extra notes or looking ahead.
- Simple cover design so people aren't like WOAH WHATS THAT IS THAT YOUR DIIIIAAARRRYYYY?????
- 15pt cardstock cover – stronger than last year's edition. I know, FINALLY!!!! Everyone asks for this every year and it's happening.
- It's fun and weird and cool but not too cool.
- Does not have any emojis but you can draw some in as needed.
I think everyone should get everything, and since it's my project I can do that!!!! Every copy of Unsolicited Advice pre-ordered through Kickstarter will come with a mini pencil, a new sticker sheet, and an extra surprise gift. Get it here, now, while it's cheaper and free-stuff-ier than it will be in December!
This year copies come in pairs to make things really simple. Focusing on one base-level reward will let me prepare identical envelopes and get these out to everyone faster than ever. Hanukkah is early this year!
The "I LOVE YOU LIKE" coffee mug is one of my most popular items and several editions have sold out. It's back now in a bright and cheery yellow for this campaign!
The "Thank You" bag tote is available here as an extra special thank you for your support of this project, either for the first time, or again for a new year. Thank you thank you thank you.
The $75+ reward levels include one or both items, plus gifts from the ADAMJK GIFT SHOP, where I produce all kinds of fun stuff all year long, like enamel pins, t-shirts, patches, pennants, keychains, notebooks, and more.
It's like a regular gift shop, except weird and you have to wonder if that guy's okay, you know? You can check out my limited-batch stuff there.
Here's a quick flip through video of this year's edition! If you've been using this planner for a few years, you might notice that some of your favorites are still here, but other stuff has gotten a little weirder. All the drawings and lettering is also brand new so that it can be consistently shitty-but-in-a-good-way for you.
My name is Adam J. Kurtz (or @ADAMJK) and I'm a graphic designer, artist and author. I've been making the Unsolicited Advice weekly planners on my own for five years now. It's become a very special project that helps me enter into each new year.
- Over time, my personal work has grown into a bunch of connected projects that deal with being human (with an internet connection) in a weird and funny way. In 2014, my first book 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion was released by Penguin Random House worldwide. It was a direct result of my first Kickstarter campaign and thanks to the support of people like you. It has been a dream come true to keep on doing projects like this one, and it feels the best when I am sitting in my apartment packing an envelope to send directly to you.
In the last year, I've also been lucky enough to collaborate with people like The Strand Bookstore, Brooklyn Public Library, Tumblr, Urban Outfitters, and Tattly. You can read a little more about me and why I do what I do on the Kickstarter Blog, Design*Sponge, or this studio visit with Urban Outfitters.
Risks and challenges
I am not good at everything, but after 5 years, I am very good at this!
I work with the same printer every time and we are getting a head start this year. My shipping process is streamlined and I handle everything from my apartment in Brooklyn with the help of a friend or two (who are PAID FOR THEIR WORK because it is exhausting).
Shipping costs have increased again since last year, so this year I am dealing with that by having shipping costs represented separately for each reward. It also helps clarify which costs are which in this process.
When a project ends, Kickstarter allows me to send a survey. I'll ask for your address and other relevant details. Assuming you respond quickly, your Unsolicited Advice will be shipped about a week after the project ends. You'll receive a confirmation email with a tracking number when yours goes out, and most copies will arrive before December even begins. Plenty of time to wrap gifts for the holidays (Hanukkah is early this year!) or be ready to go for the new year.
The biggest challenge I face with this project is that people forget to do the survey so then I don't know where to send their planners and then they answer it in like, March.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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