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By Dave Dawson
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About this project

Why know what the date is, when you could just know what month it is?

One month at a time

Each page on the calendar is dedicated to one month, spelling out what that month is, in giant, chunky, beautiful type. Each month also includes a small date calendar, just in case you need to know what the date is too.

The size of the calendar is three feet tall by four feet wide (36” × 48”) and bound with thin glue on top. The calendars will eventually retail for $50 each, so I'm excited to give Kickstarter backers a big discount for helping me get these printed!

Close up shot of the dates
Close up shot of the dates

The design of the calendar

I’ve gone through a lot of different iterations of the design of this calendar and finally settled on the framed layout using Forza as the display type and Gotham for the dates, both from Hoefler & Co. I love how this huge type looks bleeding off of the frame area, really showing off the character of the typeface.

Close up shot of the May page.
Close up shot of the May page.

Timeline

All of the pages have been designed and are ready to ship to the printer, I need your help to meet my Kickstarter goal to put this project into production. The calendars will be printed in mid-October and I’ll be shipping them out in early November. Plenty of time for the holidays!

The grid set up for the calendar
The grid set up for the calendar

How the calendar will be put together

I’ve been working with a printer in NYC to make sure that the calendar will come out the way it’s been designed. The pages will be printed with an offset printer and then bound with high tact glue on top. Similar to a standard tear-off calendar, but giant! This glue is strong enough to hold the pages together, while being flexible enough to roll up in a shipping tube. There will be three holes drilled into the calendar, making it easy to hang on your wall.

A few of the many iterations of the calendar design
A few of the many iterations of the calendar design

A mini-month calendar

Not everyone can fit a calendar the size of a large child on their wall. For those of you who still want to benefit of knowing which month it is, but want something a little more manageable, I've put together a mini-month calendar. Each page still features the name of the month in large type, but this calendar fits comfortably on your desk. The size of the calendar is 5" x 7". The mini-month calendars will be spiral bound for easy flipping through the months. 

Mini-month concept mockup
Mini-month concept mockup

Sponsorships

By sponsoring a month, your company will be featured on the itsamonth.com website for one month. In 2015, itsamonth.com will become a digital calendar. The only way to sponsor a month of that calendar is by pledging on this Kickstarter campaign. Your company logo will also be included on an insert, sent with every poster sold.

 

Why use Kickstarter for this project?

The money collected in this campaign will go directly to printing the calendars and shipping them to backers. 

While I’m really excited to get these calendars printed, it’s pricey to get a set of 12 oversized prints made. After lots of research and calling to printers all over the US, I was able to find someone to print these at a realistic price (and they're even in my own backyard!). But to be able to print these at a reasonable price for each calendar, I need to print a lot of them.

I’m hoping people are excited about the calendar too and I’ll be able to meet the minimum print order.

Why make this?

I’ve been working as a graphic designer for the past eight years. I spend a lot of my time making digital products (You can see more of those at Cottleston Pie), and I have been wanting to make a printed product for a while now. Some things just don’t translate to the screen, and one of those is an enormous calendar.

Wholesale orders

Interested in wholesale orders? Email me at dave@iamdavedawson.com.

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Risks and challenges

While I’ve taken all the necessary precautions in making this design as straightforward to print as possible, there’s always a chance that something may come up. The printer I’ve selected comes highly recommended, and have been extremely accommodating throughout the process. I’ve built some extra time into the schedule to account for some delays, but I expect things to run smoothly.

I have a solid estimate from the printer, shipping estimates and people at the ready, waiting to fulfill the orders. We are prepared!

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    Digital Calendar: Digital files for your computer desktop. One image for each month of 2015.

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    Digital Calendar: Digital files for your computer desktop and phone background (iPhone & Android). One image for each month of 2015.

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    Mini-month calendar: One (1) mini-month calendar. This 5"x7" desktop calendar sits comfortably on your desktop. Get the impact of the large calendar, without sacrificing the wall space. Includes shipping cost.

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    The Calendar: One (1) It's a Month calendar. Includes both sets of digital calendars. Includes shipping in the continental US (a $10 value).

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    The Combo Pack: One (1) It's a Month calendar and One (1) Mini-month calendar. Includes both sets of digital calendars. Includes shipping in the continental US.

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    Sponsor a Month: Become a sponsor of an entire month! Your company's logo will appear on the itsamonth.com website for a month, and will be included in all Kickstarter funded calendar shipments. Includes two calendars & shipping.

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