Every December, the creative community eagerly awaits the release of Fedrigoni 365, the much-acclaimed calendar project. And this year – despite the challenges of the last 12 months – it promises to be its most ambitious yet with an ode to “community and togetherness”.
The annual book, made by Fedrigoni in collaboration with Ricoh and TM, asks 365 UK-based designers, illustrators and photographers to contribute a piece of work, which will be featured, always answering to a certain theme. For 2021, the brief was based on current world events, and – “because so many creatives are at loose ends” – Fedrigoni 365 went digital for the first time so that it could include as many people as possible.
“Going with digital print has allowed each book to be entirely unique, from cover to cover,” says Danny McNeil, creative director at TM – the studio behind its design. “No two copies are the same – we’re not aware of any other book that has ever been produced in this way before.”
Each participating creative has produced a numeric design from 1–31 (rather than a specific date) and every book is a programmatic compilation from the overall pool of submissions. “As a result, there was no limit on the number of creatives who took part – we included just shy of 1,000 designs,” adds Danny.
Fedrigoni 365/2021 is once again being sold via Counterprint with all profits going to charity. You can grab a copy from today and look forward to a new (hopefully brighter) year.
“To date, the success of the Fedrigoni 365 project has been its sense of inclusion and positivity, bringing together creatives of all generations and styles in an endlessly collaborative project,” Danny continues. “It has given designers the opportunity to set their own brief, to be as creative as they can be and to see their own work on the printed page.”
For those who simply must know, Fedrigoni 365/2021 is printed on Ricoh digital five colour Pro
C7200X machine, allowing each book to be entirely unique from cover to cover. It is printed using neon and CYMK inks onto a range of papers from the Fedrigoni digital collection.