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The Big Picture: a continuous wall calendar for 2013's video poster

View a whole year at once to help with long-term plans and tracking progress in your life Read more

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This project was successfully funded on October 23, 2012.

View a whole year at once to help with long-term plans and tracking progress in your life

About this project

IMPORTANT: Posters have a current timeline of shipping out by mid-November, not December.

STRETCH GOAL: The goal's been hit! If funding goes up to $4,500 I'll be able to offer up a second color option to be determined by funders' votes.

Life is continuous and a calendar should be as well. In this calendar all the months are connected and none of the weeks are broken up. At any time it’s easy to glance and see what’s coming up in the next week or two.

These posters are being printed large (24" x 36") to see the year at once. Funders will have the option to choose a regular printed poster that's good for use with pen or pencil OR a laminated option for use with dry erase markers. There is no cost difference and funders who choose a multi-pack can mix and match.

To help track time, there’s a week count down the middle. Just subtract one number from the other to quickly see how far away an event in the future or past is. This is especially helpful for big events such as a wedding or a birth or even something like a marathon or 10k you’d like to run.

This is a calendar that I tried to find for a while, but nobody sold it so I designed my own. But printing a couple dozen posters at a size of 24" by 36" (61cm x 91cm) can cost $60 - $90 per print and if you're going to do that you might as well go into production with an offset print run. So here we are. Let's do this.

If you want to try it out right now, you can. Just click here to download a PDF version of the last quarter of 2012. It's only 3 pages and doesn't use much toner so you shouldn't anger anyone in the office when you print it there.

So why this type of calendar? Let's geek out on it right now!

What's wrong with calendars?

Calendars chunk time into months. On a standard wall calendar with 12 pictures you can only see one month at a time. You can't see the next month without flipping a page and you can't see the previous month without taking the whole thing off the wall. At the end of the month you usually can't even see the whole week.

Limited view

The problem with this month-view is that it gives you tunnel vision in terms of planning. It's harder to plan for more long-term stuff or just glance and get a feel for where you are and how far away future events are. That's easier when you can see the whole thing at once.

Day by day

[Jerry Seinfeld] said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

"Don't break the chain," he said again for emphasis.

I read this in an article on Lifehacker not too long ago where Jerry Seinfeld is talking about being more productive. His trick is to do what you want to get done every single day and mark it down on a calendar with a big fat X. He's talking about writing, but it can be anything. Running, taking pictures, drinking tea instead of coffee, you name it.

This is the article that kicked off this whole project. I wanted a calendar that would provide a nice visual of a long chain of Xes and couldn't find one. With the connected months it's a nice solid visual reminder.

If doing something every day sounds like it's too much, you can try it out for only 30 days. Matt Cutts from Google has a great short talk about the value of this in this video which was also an inspiration for this project.

Looking back

With a whole calendar marked up with big events for the year, you'll have a visual record of everything that happened when it's coming to a close. There was that trip to Disneyland. There were all those weddings in the summer. There was the first day of school. There was that horrible bit in the hospital that was conquered and destroyed and shall never be needed again. Anything goes and will be gone.

Printing it up

There are lots of places to print a poster and tons of paper options. There are cheap ways to to go, but I want to make something that I'll be happy with for a whole year. Printing my own offset print run gives me a lot more control over the results and I want this to be as good as I can make it.

Current Timeline

  • Oct. 29 - start print run
  • Nov. 5 - posters ready
  • Nov. 7 - start shipping posters

I like to finish projects

Over on, an awesome DIY community, you can find me by the username of fungus amungus. Over the past 5+ years I've posted over 150 projects there. To get a quick look at what I've done, check out this list. So if funding is successful this will definitely happen. I really, really want one of my own and want others to have them, too.

Risks and challenges

There's a slight chance I might die by a thousand paper cuts when handling all the posters. I am willing to take that risk. This is the stuff life is made of. Risk stuff.

The only challenge will be finding the best printer for the job, but this is not exactly a "challenge" as a "time-consuming task that has no Xbox Live achievement". Getting quotes, caressing samples, getting more quotes, etc. It'll happen and I already have a couple good options, but am still looking around just in case some other fantastically amazing and wonderful printer is hiding out in a castle and I just haven't found her yet. And then I will woo. I will woo so hard.

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  • If funding is successful, absolutely. The current timeline is for posters to be printed up in early November and start shipping by mid-November. I put December as the estimated delivery date to account for international shipping, but U.S. orders will likely arrive before December.

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    A BIG FAT THANK YOU - You're giving money for a guy who's printing posters and you don't even want one yourself? How freakin' cool ARE you? That's, like, so nice I don't know what to say. Seriously. I'll say your name out loud with gratitude and mean it.

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    THE POSTCARD OPTION - I will send you a postcard saying thank you and some other stuff that comes to mind. This is cool. I used to send postcards to friends a lot back in the day. I once sent a friend a postcard that had three layers of plastic and a sliding piece inside and it made it. These cards will be more normal, but still fun.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - You're fast, you're cool, you save $4 off the price. Did I mention that I like you? I like you. We should totally grab a coffee sometime.

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    ONE POSTER - You're thinking ahead, you want to tackle the new year. I like that. Go get it. They'll have no idea what hit 'em.

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    TWO POSTERS - Because you know someone else who could use one. You're good like that. You're looking out for a buddy. People like you and your considerate nature. Shipping to U.S. is included. Add $4 for international.

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    IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY! - I'll write "Happy Birthday" on your special day so you won't forget it. I like that a little while ago you were born and then found your way here. How crazy is that? Or I can write something for another day. That's cool, too. I can also sign it if you're into that.

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    COFFEE AND A POSTER - Let's grab a coffee and talk about stuff and things. Limited to 2 mile radius of downtown San Francisco area. I have little kids and not much free time. That's the best that I can do, but at least I'll buy the coffee. We can write on postcards and I'll give you a poster, too.

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    FIVE POSTERS - You're a team leader. A team that keeps forgetting what day it is without a calendar for each person. Now they won't! And you shall all fly higher than you ever have before, blinding all around with your inner greatness. Temporarily blinding, I mean. Don't shine inner greatness directly into eyes, OK? Shipping to U.S. and international is included

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    TEN POSTERS - This is the biggest pack that I can sell! It's huge! Imagine ten pieces of paper stacked on top of each other. Now imagine that stack is 24" x 36". It's like that. Whoa. But you can handle it. You can handle anything.

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    ALL MARKED UP - I will fill up a calendar with lots of holidays and events that don't exist, but really should. Each one of these will be different. Also comes with 9 regular posters for a total of 10 in all.

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