One Year Continuous Calendar Poster

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Introduction: One Year Continuous Calendar Poster

About: I like to make things for the internets. I also sell a pretty cool calendar at supamoto.co. You'll like it.

This calendar shows the whole year at once. It also keeps the whole run of weeks continuous with the months marked out by slight gaps and different colors. The weeks are also numbered in the middle.

That's the basic description of what you see here. The reason for it is that the whole idea of visually breaking time into months has never made a lot of sense to me. Does time keep ending and starting over again? Not really. The week will still be a whole week whether it's in the middle of a month or at the end. So keep those weeks together.

Breaking up calendars into months is more useful for showing lots of pictures than planning ahead. Distant events are hidden away behind pictures of cats or natural wonders or Warhol prints or whatever else is on there. Putting everything on one poster lets you see how far away some event is and if you need to start getting ready for it.

Another bit of help for planning is the week count. Subtract one number from another and you'll know how long you have until something happens

As an extra bonus, the continuous style also lets you mark off days in a chain as was described by Jerry Seinfeld has described. Keep doing something every day, mark off the days with Xes and you'll soon see a solid chain of success.

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    I never did link it here, but this became a successful Kickstarter project and I'm selling the extra copies at supamoto.co. It's a lot nicer to write on one piece of paper instead of several taped together. Although that is a very affordable option :)

    I also played around with the idea of an app version of this, but that is a much bigger undertaking as I have no clue about mobile app development.

    I'd love to see a version that interfaces with Google Calendar...pull the events defined into this format for printing

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    As an iOS app, that would be awesome. On my Nexus 7 it handles the calendar in this same continuous way, but the look of it is too hard to read at a glance. There's no distinction between months, for example.

    Would you be able to provide a printable version of the calendar in PDF?

    Thanks very much if you can

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    OK, did it. You can print the rest of 2012 with that PDF

    Thank you so much. You're the best

    I will in the near future. I'm working on redoing the calendar and am thinking about doing a Kickstarter project to print a run of 2013 calendar posters in a larger size, 36" x 24".

    When I get that together, hopefully soon, I'll also put together a multi-page PDF for the rest of 2012 so people can see if they like it.

    Just an Idea to improve finding events that occcur on certain dates(and to save room0 one might keep a list of numbers that correspond to events happening later in the year, and write the numbers in the date box, and the list of number-events at its side.

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    OK, you lost me there. Not sure what you mean.

    My intention is that, since the space for writing events on the calendar, one could give each event a 3 digit coded number. The number would be what would be written on the day. out to the side is a list of events, and their numerical correspondents...

    Gotcha. I like drawing lines out to the margin as well.

    And I always miss people's birthdays that are one the first of the month, great idea.

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    Yes! This has happened to me. Especially bad when you don't flip the page over on the first of each month.

    a numbering system i used before was the julian date system. this system is the last 2 digits of the year and the 3 digit of the day of the year. 1 Jan 12 would be 12001 and you increment by 1 from there up to 12365 being 31 dec 12 or close to it of course.

    just another way to seperate how long between 2 dates.

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    Yeah, I've seen calendars with the 3-digit date in each date box. Usually in the notebook style daily planners. For me, though, the weeks are more important for long-term planning than days.

    Very nice. I work in event/sports/activity planning professionally, and this is the only way to go as far as visual wall calendars. Aside from the visually motivating mark-off-days-in-a-chain idea (which is excellent), this layout just helps you get a better feel for the flow of time and dates in general.

    In case people are wondering, I use Excel to make all of my calendars. It's easy and quick and most people have it.

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    Nice, this would have gone a LOT faster in excel. Super basic functions (+1) and starter dates.

    Great idea. I like it. Thanks. Since this is "instructables" would you mind instructing us a little? Consider this: Step 1, Copy. Step 2, Print. :) Thanks again, I have been following you for a while and I think you have some cool ideas.

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    The instructions for making this involves lots of little steps in Illustrator. I didn't include those because the main point here is how the calendar is done overall instead of the creation.