The Design Files Neighbourhood Calendar 2011 – kindly photographed by Rebecca NewmanKat Chadwick‘s incredible work is on the cover, and the layout / design is by Ortolan.  I really wish you could see fluoro orange on a computer screen.

OH. MY. GOD.

I cannot adequately describe my EXCITEMENT this morning!  It’s been awfully hard to keep this project under my hat for the past few months, but today it’s finally time to say hello to The Design Files Neighbourhood Calendar!  Yee ha!

The Calendar features twelve of the loveliest neighbourhoods from Melbourne and beyond, carefully selected and illustrated by twelve of Australia’s most talented illustrators – superstars including Kat Macleod, Beci Orpin, Rik Lee, Madeleine Stamer, Webuyyourkids and SO MANY MORE!  Each artist has illustrated a local neighbourhood close to their heart – Melbourne and Sydney neighbourhoods feature, as well as a handful of international ‘hoods for good measure!  Amongst the beautiful illustrations you’ll also spot the odd note from me here and there, because you know, I cant help myself :)

I owe an ENORMOUS thankyou to so many talented lovely people who have brought this project to life!  Jeremy Wortsman of Jacky Winter / Lamington Drive facilitated the whole project and did all the grown-up important stuff like, you know, make deadlines and pay people.  ALSO Kat Macleod and Liz Wilson at Ortolan, who designed the calendar SO beautifully you will DIE with the cuteness!  OH the fonts, the colour palette and the super sweet yellow spiral binding – delicious!  Last but not least, where would we be without all the incredible illustrators!?  They are ALL LISTED in detail on the official calendar page - please do pop over and learn a little more about each contributing illustrator!  You have never seen such a stellar line-up, seriously.

The Design Files Neighbourhood Calendar is 14 pages in total, 235mm x 370mm in size, and sells for $33.00!  It is available to buy at the Lamington Drive retail shop in Collingwood from November 17th, but can be pre-ordered online right HERE!  The great news is that ANYONE who buys a calendar between now and December 1st goes into the draw to win a limited edition A2 calendar print of their choice! Oooh la la good luck making that decision!  I seriously cannot choose one favourite…!

ALSO if you are in Melbourne please come for the ‘Neighbourhoods’ launch exhibition – opening on November 18th at Lamington Drive!  Limited edition A2 prints of all the stunning calendar artworks will be on display (and available to buy) and of course there will be Lamingtons!    If you can’t make the opening night, don’t fret, the show runs until November 24!

Buy the calendar here!
Learn more about the calendar illustrators here!

Some sample pages to whet your appetite..! That’s Rik Lee’s Fitzroy top left, Jane Reiseger’s Yarraville top right, and Kat Macleod’s Carlton bottom left.  Kindly photographed by Rebecca Newman.