As an act of perseverance, and compassion, graphic designer Timothy Goodman attempted to draw a unique valentine for every single one of his Twitter followers on February 14, 2012, between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM. I guess sometimes you have to be mad for love. Learn more about this project.

On February 14, 2012, I attempted to draw a unique valentine for every single one of my Twitter followers between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM. By doing this, I responded to each follower’s handle/picture/bio as seen up top. The plan was to draw each one on a 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” pre-cut card, take a picture with my phone, and tweet it directly to each follower, real-time.

Why? Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is spent expressing ourselves with gifts and valentines for people we love. However, in lieu of all the people I care about in my personal life, I spend much more time sitting in front of my computer all day: working, emailing, scanning, printing, chatting, and tweeting. I have developed great relationships with people in my personal life because of Twitter.

That being said, everyday I have many conversations with designers and illustrators on Twitter that never go beyond the monitor in front of me. In spite of this, I wonder how I can honor these virtual relationships? Can it be done outside of technology? And besides the typical gifts we give each other on Twitter—like a mention or a retweet—what would it mean to make an analog gift for someone who is following me?

With 1150 followers, I estimated roughly 40 seconds per valentine (or 96 an hour). This was very ambitious, and unfortunately I had an array of problems that required me to upload the cards to my Flickr instead. This took too much time. However, I successfully sent out almost 500 valentines to followers from all over. In return, I received hundreds of touching responses and handmade notes from people I’ve never met. The goal was not achieved, but the love and effort was undoubtedly there. Thanks to everyone who was a part of this demanding, yet very rewarding 12 hours with me!