06 Jan 2011 - 1:45 pm

To start the year in color, here is a super visual calendar designed by British graphic designer Derek Bowers, for the 2011 Pantone calendar. The color wheel contains a mosaic of 1440 graphic images with visual and cultural references.

My brief was to create a calendar for Pantone, the world-renowned authority on colour. The main aim for me was to make this calendar relevant on a global scale.

With the color wheel being universally recognized, I used this and combined it with a mosaic made up of 1440 different images to create my main graphic. Sticking with the whole worldwide idea, I have included many visual references to a host of different countries within the mosaic, and highlighted many of the main religious and cultural holidays throughout the year.

To answer a question I have been asked a few times, no ‘special software’ was used to produce this. The grid was build in Illustrator and I placed all 1440 images by hand in (as close to as possible) some sort of color order.

“Don?t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.” – Charles Richards

More work from Derek on Behance

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