I started the project in October 13, just as a fun side project. Normally my daily job is user interface design. I just wanted to produce something physic, something you can touch, give away, nothing digital. At the end the calendar turned out. With articles on "wired" and "the verge" about my tiny project I suddenly had a big audience beyond belief. The positive feedback was overwhelming. Of course I stumbled on a lot of problems at first; shipping, packaging etc. etc. at the end everything turned out very well. The 2015 Edition was way more professional regarding the production and delivery process. The very difficult part was to get attention again on the "www"; a calendar is just a seasonal product ;)
For the 2016 Edition I thought it would be a good idea to try kickstarter, and hey here it is. You like what you see? Pledge and make the 2016 Edition get real.
The Calendar 60° 50° 40° north of the equator edition :
The yellow space visualizes the possible sun hours 50° latitude north of the equator during one year. Two additional rings mark the sun hours on 60° and 40° latitude.
The Calendar 10° 20° 30° south of the equator edition (ONLY PDF) :
The yellow space visualizes the possible sun hours 20° latitude south of the equator during one year. Two additional rings mark the sun hours on 10° and 30° latitude.
summer / winter solstice
spring / autumn equinox
A0 - 841 x 1189 mm / 33.11 x 46.81 inch
Printing technology: offset print, paper: 250 gsm² / silk finish
Packaging: labeled tube
4 € Germany
11 € Europe
27 € Worldwide
Why is shipping so expensive? The Calendar is really huge (A0)! To ensure that It´ll arrive in perfect condition at your home it has to be packed in the following:
first wrapped in silk paper
packed in a tube
+ strong cardboard box for shipping.
Printable PDF for "Print your own" at you local Print-Shop or with your own plotter?:
Yes, but only for our friends on the southern hemisphere and the USA and Canada. Sorry friends from the EU, but since 2015 the EU made up an incredible nonsense law for digital goods regarding tax, I just have no time for all that paper work :(. Just google and you know why I won´t sell digital pdfs within the EU, sorry.
Detail-Shots of the ´15 Edition:
Gregor International Calendar Award 2014 (Silver)
Japan Calendar Award 2014 (Bronze)
What the web wrote about the Calendar 14/15
"This Clever Calendar Visualizes Why Winter Is So Damn Cold" WIRED
"'Circular Calendar' is cheap, functional art for your wall " THE VERGE
"In der Farbe Gelb zeigt der Circular Calender – ein Sonnen-Wandkalender – die täglichen Sonnenstunden in der geografischen Breite 50°/40°/30° nördlich des Äquators." PAGE
"El diseñador gráfico alemán Sören Lachnit vuelve a proponer, por segundo año consecutivo, su original calendario solar." experimenta_magazine
Risks and challenges
I managed to produce and ship a huge amount of calendars during 2014 and 2015. If you pledge for the project the probability to receive the product, I would say is 99%.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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