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Happy Winter Solstice

Posted: December 16th, 2009 | Author: Todd | Filed under: artifacts, design, downloads, output | Tags: , , | 7 Comments »

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Winter Solstice has been celebrated by many cultures for many thousands of years. And why not – it’s a big deal. What better occasion to gather together and find comfort in our connections with friends and family than the longest night of the year? Modern life often finds us far from our relations which is why sending a card is such a nice tradition. The time it takes to create, write and subsequently read brings us closer to one another. Granted it’s not quite the same as an all night, star-gazing, bonfire amidst the megaliths but it’s a nice bit of ceremony none the less.

So, in an effort to celebrate connections with colleagues, friends and family I’ve created the third annual, limited edition, BrainstormOverload Winter Solstice Card. Since I can’t send one to everyone I’ve linked to a pdf version of the design here. It won’t have a personalized note that way but given how I’m inclined to go on perhaps that’s best.

In the design on the front of the card each season’s solstice (or equinox) is represented by two arcs. A gray one for night and a colored one for day – the length of each being determined by the number of hours of light or darkness translated into degrees of circumference around a circle where 360 degrees signifies 12 hours. Possibly more than you wanted to know but it underscores how everything in Nature is simultaneously beautiful and meaningful. I hope it will bring a little color and connection to your evening on December 21st and that 2010 is a beautiful and meaningful year.

Download printable pdf version


7 Comments on “Happy Winter Solstice”

  1. 1 cindy said at 10:26 am on December 17th, 2009:

    gorgeous! i am excited to write out some happy solstice cards this weekend!

  2. 2 Oliver said at 9:53 am on December 21st, 2009:

    looks great — like it very much!

  3. 3 Amy said at 10:26 am on December 21st, 2009:

    Wonderful! Thank you so much. <3

  4. 4 Olivier said at 2:35 pm on December 21st, 2009:

    Nice design! of course the actual daylight/night hours at both solstice is entirely latitude dependent. so you should publish what latitude you used.

    Love the infographics however, maybe it could be turned into an interactive web page.

  5. 5 Todd Zerger said at 3:02 pm on December 21st, 2009:

    This is true Oliver – good point. In the interest of full disclosure the hours of daylight on this year’s card are relative to my current location in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA. Someday I hope they will be relative to some place warmer (grin).

  6. 6 Hozea said at 9:48 pm on December 21st, 2009:

    Looks great! Always wanted to do something like this.
    Really digging the concept behind it.

    Thanks for sharing the PDF :) This will probably go up as a poster in the studio.

  7. 7 Tim said at 7:58 pm on December 28th, 2009:

    Looks Great! I was excited to get one…