"Essie Letterpress is a design and print studio - started by two people in love with colour, pattern, texture and design . We are situated in an old farming shed on a beautiful flower farm in the Piekenierskloof Mountains near Citrusdal." — Essie Letterpress
9 unique coasters for South Africa’s 9 unique provinces
designed by Ben Grib
each printed on beermat board for waterproofing
Wrapped up in some simple packaging with a 10 coaster as a cover
"I am always intrigued and curious about the universe. Every human has a journey and a calendar tell each and every one of us how long our journey has been. We are on this journey through life, but the same counts for our planets, solar system and the universe.
This why I chose to design a calendar for next year. This calendar is based on our solar system and our 365 days in a year.
I designed the planets geometrically, according to my imagination of what our planets might look like. I kept the colour identity of the planets, moon and sun in order for them to stay recognizable.
We know so much, yet so little of our solar system, and not many know the facts of out tiny planet and even less about the other planets. It’s sometimes too hard for our minds to imagine something so incredibly big. This is why added a few facts in numbers under every planet. Just to put it in perspective how big our Solar system is.
I kept the design of the calendar very clean and simple. I did not want the planetary facts to be overshadowed. To accomplish simplicity I took away the calendar months and added lines that indicate which month of the year it is. For example: The First month (January) is one line. The second month (February) will then be two lines and so the pattern repeats by adding a line every month.
The days and numbers is as minimal as possible. I kept to one line and used colour to accentuate the first day of the week within the month.
The last month (December) is always a month where one tends to look back on the year, and for some the year might have been great and for others a little harder. This is why I encourage the viewer to rather look ahead to the year to come, and see it as an adventure with plenty more to discover!” — Bianca Luyt