Hello, I’m Missy Meyer! I’m a graphic designer, font maker, and illustrator. (I’ve also had an amazing variety of jobs, including improv comedy performer at Walt Disney World, casino dealer, bank teller, webmaster, pizza chef, and camp counselor.) I’m married to Scott Meyer, the guy behind the Magic 2.0 series of books and the webcomic Basic Instructions. Together, we try to celebrate as many goofy holidays as possible.
About the Doodles
I started doing daily doodles in my office, when I changed desks and found myself with a whiteboard on the outside wall of my cubicle. Soon, coworkers gave me gentle grief when I didn’t have a doodle on that whiteboard every morning. When I moved cubes, I didn’t have the whiteboard, so I got a 99¢ IKEA TOLSBY picture frame and some 4″ x 6″ note cards, and continued the workplace tradition.
As most of the doodles were colored in on their note cards with either crayon or colored pencil, they didn’t scan into a computer particularly well. I re-drew a ton of them with just line art so I could color them in on the computer and upload them here. So anything before September 2013 is relatively incomplete.
From September 2013 onward, the Doodles were drawn as line art and colored in digitally.
As of July 2016, I retired the Holiday Doodles project. It was fun, but very time-consuming, and that time needed to be redirected toward bigger and better projects. Since the archives still get a lot of traffic, I’ve revamped and reformatted a ton of doodles where all of the holidays fall on the same day every year. (Some of these are holidays that might be, say, “the first Monday of October,” and as such they roam around the calendar.) The 2017 calendar spots are filled with those doodles, the ones that can be used year after year because the dates never change.
About the Holidays
The holidays I used are vetted from all over the internet and other reference materials. Most “national” holidays are based on the United States, as that’s where I’m located. I tried to combine at least two things in every doodle, but it was always fun to try and cram as many in there as possible. Some days have over 10 weird holidays assigned to them, which often made choosing quite difficult!