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Quantity Produced


Production Cost

Not Disclosed

Production Time

3 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

25 in × 21 in (× 2 sheets)

Page Count

Paper Stock

60 gsm Poster Paper, Grey Pulp Board and Thermal Paper

Number of Colors

CMYK + Pantone 804




Bauer Bodoni
Trade Gothic Condensed


To let the world, or at least Singapore, know of their arrival in the city as a creative force to be reckoned with, the Foreign Policy Design Group decided to create a rather ambitious self-promotional calendar that blends together concepts of current and political affairs, maps, the world and its leaders. The result is an unconventionally arranged calendar that takes the shape of the countries of the world and is very groovily designed with a combination of classic typography and contemporary visual flair. Creative director Yah-Leng Yu provides some thorough insight:

Usability: We wanted to do something unconventional, so we mapped the calendar into a world map. The challenge is to make this as intuitive as possible and have people getting used to learn a new ‘system’. We even brought in people to have them sit or stand in front of the calendar and ask/test them if they know or understand what it really is.

Dimension: Originally we had wanted the calendar to be in one sheet but for three reasons we had to print them in 2: a) usability and folding difficulty; b) the paper we wanted only come in a certain sizes; and c) giving the recipients an option to place the calendar horizontally, from left to right, or have it placed, one above the other, in a vertical arrangement should there be a wall space constraint.

Silkscreening the announcement card: We ran into some challenges in terms of the the thinnest parts of the Bodoni in the descenders, ascenders and serifs were not easy to silkscreen. We had to outline the text with an additional .5 point overall and it worked out.

Colors: The brown textured background needed a lot of calibration and tests so we could achieve as close as to what we wanted, since brown is really one of the most difficult colors to match.

Label: We were trying to figure out how best, most efficient and flexible to produce the airline-tag-looking labels since we needed to send to different people with different addressesso we needed the flexibility, and we prefer to keep it looking like the airline tag almost. After some research, we chanced upon the Brother QL-550 which we needed for the office anyway. Worked out great as we could customize the look and feel of any labels we want from that little printer. It has like raw touch due to the imperfect thermal printing which sort of add to that airline tag feel even more.

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We were able to print some extra notepads & letterheads from the unused areas of the paper. That made us very happy too. :)
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Foreign Policy Design Group
Creative Direction/Art Direction: Yah-Leng Yu
Design: TY Zheng
Writing: Arthur Chin



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Armin Vit

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September 28, 2009


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