PaperSpecsGallery.com Presents: Creative Manifesto Calendar 2018
What would a United Nations of Graphic Design look like? I think it might look a little something like the letterpress calendar crafted by Fabien Barral (aka MR CUP) and the international talent he manages to coral for the project each year. Christened “The Creative Manifesto,” it has grown from a scrappy little piece first published in 2011 and designed entirely by Fabien alone into a much-anticipated annual event featuring the work of 13 designers (himself included) from France and Istanbul to Detroit and New York City.
The 2018 edition is a thing of beauty. As in the past this one comes in both a deluxe edition (white and copper foil stamped on Favini Sumo dark blue paper) and a normal one (boasting silver and white inks and available here) – both printed by Studio Pression.
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Both editions feature an ornate cover designed by Tom Lane (aka Ginger Monkey) that manages to be both consistent with those of previous calendars (see last year’s, for example) while still being unequivocally Tom’s creation. Magnesium printing plates were used rather than the photopolymer variety to ensure a crisper letterpress impression – something that really shows on all the filigree work on the cover. That of the deluxe edition is particularly arresting with its playful contrasts between the dark paper on the one hand and the copper and white foil on the other.
Inside, a different designer tackled each month, rendering in type and layout a different slogan meant to inspire in 2018, all on duplex laminated sheets:
- January: Lauren Hom
- February: Nick Misani
- March: Mathilde Francescatti
- April: Stefan Kunz
- May: Francis Chouquet
- June: Reno Orange
- July: Jeff Trish
- August: Keith Tatum / The Type Hunter
- September: Kelli Anderson
- October: Salih Kucukaga
- November: Jef Millotte
- December: Fabien himself
And because it’s letterpress, each month is a treat for the fingertips as well as the eyes, from the slender swirls of February’s “Prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude,” to June’s freakout of lines and type: “A goal is a dream with a deadline,” it reads, if you stare at it long enough. The duplexing not only hides the bruising on the back of each sheet, but also adds to the tactile experience, giving you something truly substantial to hold on to.
Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.
Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.
Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the "paper queen" who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge.