2013 Unit-Based Calendar

Calendar 2013. Student work.

Project done for Graphic Design 2 at Florida Atlantic University, 2012.
The assignment was to come up with a new way to visualize the calendar.
 
Professor: Brittany Schade
Concept

The Unit-Based calendar started off as an experiment
on how to visualize time in a completely abstract way.

 
 
 
that can be used in the real-world. But I wanted it to be as simple and basic as calendar are. So the way I chose to go was to apply the way I was taugh math and units in 1st grade: by using Base Ten Blocks.
 
The beauty of this teaching system is that kids learn how to see abstract concepts in the real world, and apply those abstract concepts in tangible ways.Those wooden blocks are simply 1 cm X 1 cm wooden cubes stuck together insections of 1, 10, 25, 50, 100.
 
To explore new ways to visualize the calendar, the numbers were a stronghold. By eliminating them, it becomes abstract, but remains useful. In the same way
that
the Base 10 blocks are stripped of numerals, so it is in this calendar.
Inspiration

Borrowing  languages from different sciences, and basic mathematical principles, the calendar was created with the intent to serve universal and national purposes.
 
Universal in the sense that its geometric nature can be understood by anyone and easily learned. National in the sense that colors can be customized to fit a nation’s own holidays.
 
This particular calendar is based on the Gregorian (Christian) calendar, with federal, and traditional American holidays.
Color

Color is used as a means to identify weekdays and weekends, to highlight important dates, and to identify seasons.
 
Even though the information on the Unit-based calendar is codified, it is still completely function.
 
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Thank you
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