Monday, November 23, 2009

day planner goes to press

Last month I shared a few sneak peeks at some illustrations I've been doing for my 2009 client gift for Defteling Design. Well, today the project actually went on press – and I'm thrilled with the results!

After checking (and re-checking) the mocked-up proof, the full-color images are printed on a huge 6-color press at Brown Printing, one of the collaborators on this fun project.

The cover was up first. I incorporated one of my favorite illustrations (July) for the cover, which will then be printed with a solid blue on the back and folded in half, so that the yearly calendar to the right becomes the inside left front cover.

When it was time to press check the monthly divider pages, I was ecstatic: so much goodness, so much richness and texture! I know, I designed it so why am I all freaked out, but it was just so shocking (in a good way!) to see them all lined up like this. I brought back an extra press sheet so I can hang it in my office.

Next are the two-color weekly planner pages and then it's off to the bindery for black wire-o binding. I can't wait to hold the finished planner in my hands! And yes, I haven't forgotten about the giveaway. Stay tuned, I'll post the giveaway as soon as the planner is all done!


Moose said...

I love the excitement of the Press, right before my very eyes!! Looks fantastic so far.
Tail Wags to All.

Jenn said...

There is nothing more exciting than seeing how amazing something looks on press!

From your photos, the calendar looks amazing! Can't wait to see the finished version -- will it be on sale somewhere?

Alex said...

Glad you both like it :)

Jenn, the day planner is a client gift and as such not for sale. However, check back in the next week or two since I do plan to have a little contest with a day planner as the prize!

Plus, I'm in the process of setting up an Etsy shop where prints will be for sale:

Very likely I'll have calendars for sale next year :)

Jenn said...

Excellent! I'll make sure and check back for updates, and the give away :)