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Client Spotlight: 12 Musketeers

12 Musketeers is a collaborative annual calendar project spearheaded by Reka Juhasz, the creative powerhouse behind Paperreka. Each year, she handpicks a team of 12 designers (typically alumni of SAA, her alma mater) to help craft the calendar for the new year. The roster is always different, the vision ever-changing, but the result is always the same: a killer piece of original art for each month of the year. In 2016, I had the honor of being recruited, and produced the art for December.

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 A composite of the entire 2016 calendar project, as featured in 12M promo materials.

A composite of the entire 2016 calendar project, as featured in 12M promo materials.

 The final pattern I produced for the month of December. A few words on my thought process, as featured on the 12 Musketeers website:  "The end of the year, a time for reflection. As the Earth completes its journey around the sun, so do we embark upon a new journey into our future. Identify your triumphs, your failures; seek to understand the patterns and influences which bred them. Time forever marches forward, and so must we. Think bigger, let passion lead. Appreciate what is, but commit to improve it. Grow, evolve. You’ve made it—now make it better. Never perfect, but always better."

The final pattern I produced for the month of December. A few words on my thought process, as featured on the 12 Musketeers website:

"The end of the year, a time for reflection. As the Earth completes its journey around the sun, so do we embark upon a new journey into our future. Identify your triumphs, your failures; seek to understand the patterns and influences which bred them. Time forever marches forward, and so must we. Think bigger, let passion lead. Appreciate what is, but commit to improve it. Grow, evolve. You’ve made it—now make it better. Never perfect, but always better."