This year’s family (13×19 inches) calendar was a study of the past 200 years in my family history. It is more research intensive than it is beautiful. The purpose of this piece is to place a family name to events in history. It is a personalized resource for my 25 home schooled nieces and nephews, as well as be a bouncing off place for the adults to research further. I concentrate heavily on the 1850s-1870s (pre through post Civil War) and the 1920s-40s (end of WWI, Depression, New Deal, up through WWII.)
I started out by creating silhouettes of my parents. Their silhouette goes on the page that corresponds with their family line being discussed. Elements include:
- Family tree
- A map of the state and county of birth when appropriate
- A box outlining historical events during the lives of the subjects
- Research text
- Any related photos to personalize
- 2017 head shots of kids in sepia
My main comment on this whole intense project – never again! But I am glad I did it.
Each page also features a 2017 photo of a niece and nephew in the lower right corner. The final page is an extra page with Jan 2019 to give myself a breather if I don’t get the new calendar done in time (like this year.) The oldest niece is on that page, which is not featured here.
The above image was my favorite for this week. I was trying new things – this was my niece having a hard time of it when she found her daddy’s jeans hanging on the line. It is one of my favorite moments. Faces and emotions are not easy to capture. I vow to work this next year to do better with them.
This year the topic was my father’s life in the 1940s and 1950s.
Some favorite months:
As usual, it was quite the production, but the hardest part was pulling the story together from scattered information and secondly, managing so many photos per page. However, the Supervisor was quite pleased.
My task was to create a logo and stationery for a world renowned pediatric dental surgeon (from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital) who was opening his own private practice.
Bouncing off his first name, Murray, and the business name, Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry, I proposed using the an M and adding some whimsy.
Front of Business Card
Back of Business Card
Dr. Dock took the concepts, embraced them and expanded upon them beyond my own imagination, designing his new office to support and reinforce his brand. It is such a thrill to see a client do this.
And what kid would not love a dentist like this? Colorful, basic shapes, bright arcade games, puppies, sports. So much fun. (For a 360 view of the office click here.)
Commissioned art work:
His branding welcomes his patients and families from the moment they enter the office.
Notice the toons on the walls and the circles on the chairs and floor.
Benches for the parents have backrests that are blue circles (and squares). Genius.
Matching art of dogs, kids and matching themes.
A youthful patient’s contribution is perfection.
Since this week was about typography, we were required to create a magazine layout consciously using type. I could not help it, it was such fun creating my calendar a few weeks prior, that I reached into the work I had done with the vintage children’s books and went from there. So if this looks familiar, it is because it is similar to one of my calendar pages and plays off the book “The House that Jack Built” from The Gutenburg Project (a site I have fallen in love with!) However, it was not a previously created homework piece! I want to be very clear on that!
For a full description of the project, feel free to click on the pdf link: