Many of us try to pursue happiness, but do we ever archive it? After all, what does happiness really mean, and if it exists; how long does it last? Is it contentment or intense joy, temporary or consistent? These and many more aspects of happiness are examined and explored in Marcell Puskás’ Happiness Diary which does not promise to make you happy, but to help follow up on your moods and feelings day by day. The size equals a smart phone’s dimensions, but you are the one who can brighten it up. The cover is somewhat like a mirror – being it a late-born baby of the selfie-age. The books beautiful, thought-out design is enough to bring a smile to my face, so I guess it is already fulfilling its purpose.
Just like a good-old diary, the Happiness Diary is also based on regularity. You can follow up on your inner self on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly bases. After each month, there are also motivational messages as well as monthly planner pages. You’ll come across unfinished sentences, good-or-false statements, positive-or-negative feelings, and doodle fields. The mood calendar follows the principles and strategies of CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy) in order to help you identify and then modify problematic thinking habits. The stunning typography is in large part of the unique design, but everything from the chosen materials to the open back binding are exquisite, enhancing the positive user experience.
Puskás explains why he created the book, and how it brought him happiness; “First of all, I’m really interested in letters, books, and editorial design. In my school years, I made thousands of page spreads. Books, magazines, fashion magazines. I absolutely love the process of making books. Also, I love making typefaces too. I’ve always tried to make experimental typefaces: from wood, meat, ice, concrete, and feather too. These unique typefaces can be seen in the books motivational quotes. I’m working as a graphic designer in Hungary, but we always use brand books. This process isn’t very creative as we just copy foreign ideas. The creative freedom is very limited but in this diary, I could be really free, I could do anything that I want. And for me happiness means freedom.”
Unfortunately, the book is not yet in production, but make sure to follow the designer on Facebook and Instagram so you’ll be the first to know when it will!