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Craig Clark and Cranky Pressman

Quantity Produced


Production Cost

Production Time

2 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5.56 × 11 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Cranky Pressman's Stocky Weights "Process Blanks," .056 board weight, 100% recycled

Number of Colors

3 Spot Inks: PMS 144 Orange, PMS 032 Red, PMS Black 7




Handset Wooden Type
Twentieth Century Modern


Did you know that you can reuse your calendars every two, six, eleven years—depending on the year… Anyways, turns out that Craig Clark figured this out and he wanted people to think about their lives in 11 year increments (given our 2011 status). What would they be doing 11 years from now or how will things be different? One thing that won’t change is the fundamentals of our industry—creativity, hard work, and ingenuity.

We put this calendar-recycling principle into practice by designing a faux-1966 Heidelberg printing press calendar and overprinted our 2011 messaging on top of it, complete with instructions on how they can reuse the calendar starting in 2022. We also phrased the messaging to remind you that Cranky Pressman’s always been old, used, and crotchety and will be for quite some time.

The entire project was mashup of old and new. A young designer worked online with a well-seasoned art director sharing ideas, images and files. Once a rough digital layout was agreed, it was sent to the letterpress printing shop where they pieced together several variations of the typography using available old wood and metal type. To find a vintage printing press image, Keith Berger, the cranky pressman, was asked to thumb through piles of old printer’s magazines that were in the shop. This did not make him happy. Once an image was found and agreed it was scanned at high resolution. Metal printing plates were made from digital files for the black copy and a final lock-up of the hand-set type was used for the red and orange production.

Old and new do work together.

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Cranky Pressman 2011 Calendar


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Design: Craig Clark
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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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May 24, 2011


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