Miniature 2013 Calendars, laser printed on acid free paper, with coated metal comb binding. Each measures around 3.5W x 8.5L” .
I created these tiny calendars as holiday gifts for friends and family at the end of 2012. Each calendar had a different set of photos — photos I sourced from each of the recipients’ social media accounts (though primarily Instagram). My goal was to create a personalized calendar for each person that featured photos from their adventures, traveling experiences, and everyday life from the prior year(s).
My knowledge and proficiency with graphic design software has vastly improved and expanded since these were created, 6+ years ago. This older project is a valuable point of comparison between a newer calendar design I created at the end of 2017. The 2018 photo calendars had the benefit of my much improved technical skills, and using Adobe InDesign I drafted the newer design in far less time, and much higher quality than it’s miniature predecessor. The 2013 calendar design was created from start to finish in Adobe Photoshop. I created a blank template with an empty square frame acting as a placeholder that would eventually contain the photo for each month. I formatted the text uniformly for each month on separate layers then painstakingly plugged in each one of the images to the corresponding month, hiding layers as I worked my way through the year. Each page was saved as an individual .jpg that I arranged onto 8.5x11” sheets to maximize the amount of prints per sheet and waste as little paper as possible.