A new year is here! And as with every new year, there’s stuff to pack (school’s opening!) and things to replace. Well, ok, probably only one thing to replace. Am I the only one who replaces my desk calendar at the start of every year, only to re-replace it – untouched, possibly still at January – at the start of the next year? Well, who uses desk calendars these days anyway, when it’s so much more convenient and useful to use a virtual one in our phones (and laptops)?
So, with this yearly nuisance in mind, I figured that I had to, of course, design my own solution.
And here it is: Twelfths, a series of monthly (hence the name) minimalist posters – and desktop wallpapers – that double as calendars. Every month, a celebrity whose birthday falls on that month is featured in a minimalist poster/wallpaper, and at the bottom of the poster is a specially-designed minimalist calendar that’s quite unlike any other.
Starting off the series is the first one for January, featuring:
(You can get the pdf here.)
Yup, featured in the first Twelfth is none other than Oprah Winfrey, arguably the most influential woman in America. Oprah is most famous for hosting her self-titled talk show, and has since been credited for revolutionizing the tabloid talk show genre and helping LGBT people to enter the mainstream (by providing high impact media visibility for them).
Inspired by minimalism, the graphic of Oprah was drawn using Illustrator and finalized in Photoshop, using as little strokes and colours as possible while bringing up the most prominent features of her face. Furthermore, her name, birthday and the logo on the top right corner are the only words used in the poster. The result is a rather stark minimalism that doesn’t give up on function.
In the top right corner of each poster is the logo of this series of posters, Twelfths, along with the number in the series (ONE for Jan, TWO for Feb, and so on).
But the real highlight of this series of posters (besides the featured people of course) is the calendar. Designed by me, the calendar in this poster looks from afar more like a pattern of dots, but it’s a calendar stripped of all unessential parts.
When we look at a wall calendar or a desktop wallpaper calendar, we don’t really wanna know everything, do we? If we’d needed a detailed calendar – one to write stuff on certain dates – we’d already have a desk or virtual calendar. So when we glance at poster calendars or wallpaper calendars, what we’re really looking for are approximates and, more important, approximates of our weekends and holidays. Who cares about those plain old ordinary weekdays, really?
This is what the calendar is about: it shows only the necessaries – the weekends in dark grey, and holidays in highlights. Dates don’t really matter, too, on normal days, so only (Singapore public) holidays are numbered. And to provide a better sense of the ‘shape’ of the month, if you know what I’m talking about (since the rest of the weekdays are not shown at all), the first and last days are marked light grey (since 1st Jan is a holiday, it’s highlighted red instead for this month).
So when you glance at this poster calendar, you’ll see only what you wanna see – where in the month the rest days are, the dates of holidays of the month – and none of the other distracting numbers and colours. Of course, this calendar isn’t for everyone, but I’m pretty sure many don’t use desk calendars nowadays!
Together with the poster, I’ve created a desktop wallpaper edition as well! They are available for download in the following resolutions: 1280 x 720, 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1200 and 2880 x 1800.
See the other designs in this series here!