Responses by Fabien Barral, designer, Mr Cup Studio
Background: We wanted this limited edition 2020 Letterpress calendar to inspire people to be creative in 2020, so each month has different words of wisdom from Mr Cup Studio’s creative manifesto. Every year, two editions are available: Deluxe and Standard. Deluxe is fully hot foil-printed on dark papers, and the standard edition has the front cover in hot foil, with the pages printed in letterpress on light papers. Also, the calendar cover was designed by Mr Cup Studio! But, the idea behind this calendar is a collaborative project. I asked many graphic designers and typographers to create unique works for the calendar. This year’s edition featured exclusive designs by Viktor Baltus, Benjamin Charles, Jason Carne, Salih Kuckaga, Nikki Mihalik, Jef Millotte, Reno Orange, Cody Petts, Scotty Russell, Kelsy Stromski and Srdjan Vidakovic.
Challenges: Finishing it in time! The time frame to create a calendar is always short, so we have to have everything ready in a short amount of time. But it always works out every year! Favorite details: Having all the creatives together inspiring other creatives in a calendar for an entire year!
Time constraints: I have to adapt the project due to the short timeline. Two designers left the project, so I had to ask other designers to jump in, and they did amazing, quick work! During the printing process, we also adapted the foil colors to the papers, and that’s the reason why I had to keep visiting the printer during the process.
Alternative approach: Create the calendar earlier in the year, but I’ve been saying that since I created the calendar’s first edition ten years ago!