actually that does bring up something. some people like having poster calenders, where there is a strip of numbers on the bottom, and the rest is a poster. to be honest i would like that more and it would still be classified as art. the part i worry about is like the card being sold as a micro print, 12 images that will probably be print quality like everything else, for like $30 or whatever they would get something like 12 8x10's. i jacked up the card price because i know what they are doing with it. and i can't imagine anyone wanting to buy my $1200 calendar.
however it would be awesome, 12 months of awesome.
I made a calendar last year myself and uploaded the art and had it printed. (One of the perks of being a full time graphic artist.) I used the art in a smaller size as my holiday card last year..Printed from my home computer on card stock. While I like the cards- I do not like that the only font offered is Ariel at 18 pt. ...not a very lovely font. It would be nice to be customize them more.
I have to play devil's advocate here. I don't want to sell a dozen 8x10's for $30 either, but if it gets my name out there...
5% of a million bucks is a decent chunk of change. But how much is 100% of nothing?
I would think of something like this as a very worthwhile promotion. If I have to sell a dozen shots at a much lower price than I would like, it should be very good exposure and may pay off in the long run. If I hand out $100 worth of business cards, that's still $100 that has to come from somewhere, but someone somewhere is going to pull out that card with phone numbers written on the back one day and buy a $100 print, or give it to someone else who will. Probably more than one someone...
if the images were halftoned, then maybe it would be ok.
you wouldn't be getting more exposure at all, it's still just one calendar, and unless your name and page was on every image, it wouldn't count as advertising. it would be better if the calender came with the card. how many calenders did you ever own that you knew who shot that picture - and were ever tempted to buy it as a large one?
i have calenders on zaz, and bubble and they only sell every so often probably because people don't need them that often and probably because i charge too much. i suppose if these calenders were mini's - like post card size it would work out as less competition for posters.
i am kind of curious how it will work, like can we have an overlay frame that can render an image less poster like - like a big title and a frame - NOVEMBER by Mike Savad, and a border.
@tiny - eventually everyone agrees with me, and then you stay on that track. it's mostly because i'm wonderful.
The calendar I've done with my marshmallows has each image smaller than the whole calendar page. It was designed to look sort of like a scrapbook - image is smaller, in the middle and framed to look scrapbooky. Calendars aren't generally printed in the same way and are usually on cheap stock paper. I get them printed at low cost to me, then sell somewhere between $20-25.
Calendars, cards and small prints are how I sell this series though - no one will ever buy a big print/canvas or otherwise of this series - if they did, it would have to be for one very quirky household. So I'm more than happy selling the calendars - their circle of friends see it and also want one, many people give them as gifts. And it doesn't bother me one bit that they get 12 "prints" for the price of one. My markup is high enough that I'm ok with that, and I sell more bulk so it all works out in the end.
About calendars: I find that most print-on-demand calendars are too small for people who still really use hard-copy calendars practically.
The biggest POD calendar I found was at Cafe Press, but I fear that even this has been scaled down and lost (I'll have to confirm this).
Calendar users need big rectangular grids with enough space to write notes. 11" x 17" is too small. 19" x 24" is about optimal, in my judgement -- this is about the size of Avalanche Publishing's calendars - one of the top commercial calendar publishers.
The small size, of course, is a consequence of cost, which is relatively high for POD calendars. Still, I would prefer to be able to offer calendars with ample space for practical use. I only buy my own POD calendars for three years now.
I like Lulu's sturdiness and all-on-one-page design for each month, but the printed boldness of the calendar grid is puny, and the size is not quite big enough.
I like Redbubble's quality and extra strong hanger wire loop at the top, but again the size is too small.
Zazzle has the traditional, two-page design with spine in the middle for each month, which I think allows for drooping pages, as the year goes by.
Give me a calendar with Cafe Press's once oversized dimensions and bold printing, Lulu's all-on-one-page-per-month design, Redbubble's quality and extra wire loop, ... and I will vote this as the best POD calendar ever.
The printer that uses my images for calendars that he gives to his clients for Christmas gifts in appreciation for their business put out a spec of 13 images at 8.75" X 11.25" at 200 PPI. Tere is a 1/4" bleed alll the way around. The image is 8.5" X 11.0", and the squares underneath representing the days of the month provide sufficient space for entering appointment notes.
He gives me 30 calendars to pass out to family and friends. When I paid to have these done, they came in at a price of $10.00 each in quantity (From 15 and over).
I tried moving calendars on Zazzle, but not very successful. Folks were not too interested in paying $5 to $20 USD for a single calendar. It will be interesting; perhaps the clients here at FAA are more likely to spend a little more.
Personally, I think the best way to do it would be for each of us to choose the pictures for the calendar, but let the customer assign which months they will be attached to. The artists name and website or FAA site should be attached to each photo in a tasteful manner so it does not mar the appearance. Perhaps just underneath but still on the same page as the photo.
I agree with Robert about the size of the squares if the calendar is to be used, but I know a great many people who simply hang them on their wall because they like the pretty pictures. I've seen peope leave it up the following year as well for the same reason. I'm thinking function isn't always the principal reason for a calendar purchase. Calendars are also a popular office gift since they fit within the budget for gift exchange and grab bag gifts.
It never ceases to amaze me how people still grumble, even after a positive change is announced that will give artists another item they can sell and make money. I will be more selective in my involvement in discussions for a while, though will read those discussions which are relevant to changes in FAA policies and procedures.
I joined redbubble specifically for the calendar feature, only to discover that many of my non-standard sized pics -- including several of my faves, natch -- don't fit within their size parameters. I'm relieved I'll be able to stay here after all, and hope I can meet whatever picture requirements are decided upon. Thanks, Sean!