Light Calendar 2016 depicting the Hours of Dark
Courtesy Accept & Proceed Light Calendar 2016 depicting the Hours of Dark

Developed a decade ago as an in-house exercise by London-based design studio Accept & Proceed, the annual set of Light Calendars has become a graphic design tour de force. Using astronomical data specific to London (and gathered from timeanddate.com), the A1-sized black-and-white prints are created in pairs—one represents the hours of light in a given year and the other represents the hours of darkness. The studio applies a different “filter” for disseminating the information each year that also allows for different printing techniques and papers. For the 2016 calendars (shown) lines of varying thicknesses represent each day and hours of light--and dark.

Light Calendar 2016 depicting the Hours of Light
Courtesy Accept & Proceed Light Calendar 2016 depicting the Hours of Light


"We regularly undertake personal studio projects, that realize our own interests and passions. It allows us to enhance our skills in print production, conceptual design and obviously the practice of making real our ideas," says Accept & Proceed's creative director Matthew Jones. "It’s both a labor of love and an ongoing exploration of looking at the world from a different perspective, appreciating the small things, celebrating them - purposefully and slicing through the clutter that’s rife in this world." This past November, a retrospective of the Light Calendars was on view in London.