Life is best lived when reminded it's short. Remind yourself, friends and colleagues with beautiful prints of a life in weeks.
Carlos Lagrange - Designer
Tomas Salas - Designer
We first came across the concept of a life calendar reading Tim Urban's brilliant post called "Your life in weeks". We encourage everyone to read it here.
The idea is simple. The average human life worldwide is expected to last about 71.5 years. While that might seem like a long time, you'd be surprised by how short and finite it actually is when represented visually. Just have a look at the images. Each week is a square, and each row a year—that's an entire lifetime from birth to death, in 4,160 squares.
If you do the math—or have very good eyesight and counting skills—you'll notice we actually placed 80 years on our calendar (just to be generous). But unless you live in Japan, you're statistically beating the odds for every year you live after 80. That's 3120 weeks left if you're 20, 2600 weeks if you're 30, and less than 2080 weeks until you're 80 years old. Oh, and you'll be sleeping for 1/3 of it. Which does bring up the immediate question, what will you do with the squares you have left?
It felt like a great reminder to have around—to keep you grounded to what really matters, and to motivate you to make the best out each and every one of those finite squares. But while there where more than a couple apps and posters that served the same conceptual purpose, we couldn't really find anything that could do it in a beautiful but understated way—something that could both serve it's function and also look great wherever it's placed. So we made our own.
There's 3 editions of the Life Calendar: Color, White and Black. All of them currently available on Kickstarter.
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