Martin Barker

Martin Barker is London-based graphic designer with specialist skills in illustration and animation.

The Origins of our Weekday Names

Personal Project, 2018

I passed most of my life without ever knowing or attempting to understand the meanings behind our weekday names. The origins of Saturday, Sunday and Monday are pretty obvious. But Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday require a little bit of research to reveal a history that stretches all the way back to Hellenistic times.

This project presented a great opportunity to illustrate each day of the week as a character from pagan mythology. Concerned that this project could become very kitsch. I tried to steer clear of anything that was too current or popular and instead endeavoured to capture the quirky essence of each God. Paying particular attention to their dress, adornments and environment.


Martin Barker
Graphic Design • Illustration • Animation


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