2007: Binka Goes to the Airport
My dad was an aeronautics nut with a strong sense of wanderlust, so when he passed away in 2006, I channeled my grief into making a calendar he would have loved. The result? A collection of quotes, doodles, puns, and parodies of boarding passes and travel posters.
The whole thing was stapled on the side as if for a 12-leg round-the world trip, in an envelope like the old-school ticket booklets of days gone by. I noticed that some airlines' ticket stubs featured ads for dream vacations, so I created travel posters celebrating my favorite things about air travel and airports to put on the flip side of the ticket. After all, it's the journey, not the destination, that takes a starring role here!
Below you can see all the pages of the calendar plus some decoding for those who look carefully at each month. The calendar also included an extra gift of a "planespotter", which had silhouettes of a handful of popular aircraft at the time.
I can still remember how much fun it was to research all these logos and notice how well some of the aviation companies names and logos fit thematically (and with shared letters!) to the months I needed to fill.