The 12th Second of Christmas

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This year ‘2012’ provides us with a truly unique moment in time on the 12th minute after 12 O’Clock & 12 Seconds, on the 12th Day of the 12th Month, 2012… Epic!.

But it got me thinking…how do we capture that moment… this precise second.

I came up with the idea to use my graphic design skills to create a typographical christmas wreath to symbolise this moment, although ‘thankfully’ through the design process it developed into a more fitting and festive ‘Christmas Tree’ thanks to observations from others.

The next stage was choosing the perfect typeface to build this yuletide moment in time, but I have to say… this was the easy part, as the typography company Aerotype had sent me a Promo PDF of their latest ‘Tattoo’ typeface Keepsake that had the most beautiful Glyphs, which can add so much character to any piece of typography. Although beautiful as it was, I couldn’t afford to buy this gorgeous font for my simple task at hand, luckily I managed to extract from their PDF what I needed to create my christmas typo tree (sorry Aerotype, no copyright infringement intended)… all in the name of Art.

Below is a ‘Tiled Gallery’ of my initial sketch ideas and all the ‘design-development’ concepts which lead to the final piece… but lets not forget this all stemmed from that 12th Minute after 12 O’Clock & 12 Seconds, on the 12th Day of the 12th Month 2012
a true festive fragment in time

Designed & Created by Me 🙂

42 thoughts on “The 12th Second of Christmas”

  1. What a cool design you came up with. I’m jealous of that graphic design talent for sure. My nephew’s birthday is actually going to be 12.12.2012 and I didn’t even realize it until you brought that to my attention … so thank you!! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Please see the following link: for more details on how to spread it around if you choose to accept it. I nominated you because I always enjoy the perspective you bring to your posts as well as your photos. Cheers.

  2. Hi! I just love the design of your 12-tree! I would like to use your picture in my blog on that special day. Is that ok with you? of course with pingback to your blog 🙂

  3. Carl, what a wonderful design and clever thinking … we had a couple of topic dates since the millennium. It’s a truly beautiful design – and I have such a soft spot for great design.
    My favorite is the green background – stunning.
    I like what I see here .. so I will stick around. *smile

      1. Carl, thanks a million for your support – and your kind words – I thought I started to follow you yesterday – but can’t see any indication. My blog was supposed to be about food and recipes, but I have come of the track quite a bit – because I’m so much more than a great chef. *smile

      2. I started mine posting geeky stuff, but my inner passion for photography took over. I’m quite a foodie myself and was considering doing some recipe related blogs with nice macro shots of the process … one day 🙂

  4. Awesome design!
    Can you believe I totally missed that yesterday? Thought about it in the late evening, but it was to late to photograph anything….. Gah…..
    Have a great day!

  5. My favourite is the top black on white version but I too love the pencil sketches. The whole design dances. Thanks for following my blog. I’m in awe of your skill with typography. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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