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Refinery29 Design Calendar


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R29 Design Team at Refinery29

Isabel Castillo Guijarro, Elliot Salazar

Louisa Canell, Isabel Castillo Guijarro, Paola Delucca, Mallory Heyer, Alex Marino, Elliot Salazar, Tristan Offit, Abbie Winters

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A creative team came together to fill a void they found within their company and banded together to create a communal calendar with great illustrations and a quick turn around. 




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One week

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20 × 30 in.

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When Isabel Castillo Guijarro and Elliot Salazar, both senior designers at Refinery29, found out there wouldn't be an "€œofficial"€ company calendar, they joined forces and devised a plan to create their own R29 Design Calendar. With just a couple weeks before the New Year, this secret project came to life by enlisting fellow designers to contribute illustrations. As with all things Refinery29, this project aimed to be bigger and better than just a calendar. A traditional newsprint format was transformed by having each month double as a 20x30 in. pull-out poster —€“ taking Refinery29's illustration work from URL to IRL.

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Spoiler alert: Working for a big digital media publisher doesn't mean that small personal projects are not important to company culture. Instead if you put in the work, people will notice and your creative spark will be contagious! ”

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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April 3, 2017


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UnderConsideration is a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit in Bloomington, IN. More…

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Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

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Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.

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