Some loved it, some hated it, some despairingly suggested that a very talented female designer was selling herself short by letting a pop-psychological dating “experiment” overshadow her superb graphics skills. Whatever you thought, though, Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman’s 40 Days of Dating project certainly got people talking.
To briefly explain, Jessica and Tim are good friends who on finding themselves single at the same time and facing “opposite relationship problems” (Tim afraid of commitment, Jessica too romantic), decided to date each other exclusively for forty days, completing various coupley tasks throughout such as going on a weekend trip. Less romantically, they also each had to fill out a daily questionnaire about how it was all going, and see a couple’s therapist once as week. The pair documented the project in a dedicated blog, which you can see here.
Now, the project is being turned into a book, with artwork including the project’s familiar playful hand-drawn typography, and a photographic portrait of Jessica and Tim, in which he looks not unlike Lee Ryan from Blue. According to Jessica and Tim, the book is in part a response to fans’ questioning about “what happened after Day 40.” It will include excerpts from the online journals, worst date stories, essays about love and relationships from Tim and Jessica’s friends, new artwork and information on the pair’s childhoods and lives prior to meeting one another.
“In many ways, 40 Days of Dating—the book—is nothing like you might expect: it’s honest, raw, funny, sad, but at the same time full of hope,” they say. “While some dismissed the blog as a side-effect of the too-much-information generation, many more have been loyal followers of our journey—hating to love it, loving to hate it, or just simply loving it. You be the judge—and we hope you enjoy!”
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Emily joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in the summer of 2014 after four years at Design Week. She is particularly interested in graphic design, branding and music. After working It's Nice That as both Online Editor and Deputy Editor, Emily left the company in 2016.