Designed in Brooklyn, NY by Bubble Calendar LLC, this poster-sized calendar (122 x 46 cm) has a bubble to pop for every single day of the year. Set in Helvetica Neue and with a very simple and elegant design, it’s a very appropriate tool for both design-conscious and modern homes or offices as well as a fun learning tool for kids (who are we kidding, adults would love to pop those bubbles too). Days of the week and all major holidays and weekends are marked in bold for easy reference (there is also a version with weekends marked by black backgrounds) in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. The calendar is printed on thick paper (80 pound cover stock) and can even be customized with a personal logo. I’m very sure that I’d have a hard time not popping all the bubbles in one go… Photography by Alex Kotlik.
Back to a classic 20th century design desk calendar. Timor has been in production by Danese since 1967. A clever design combining great style and ease of use, the Timor is a great example of form & function associated with Mari’s concepts of modern design and is included in museum collections around the world. Available in your choice black or white. As designer and artist, Enzo Mari has created products in numerous fields of design. He has done research in the psychology and perception of space, color and volume. His collaboration with Danese has been quite intensive since the fifties but has also designed products and furniture for other companies. Mari has been awarded two Compasso d’Oro awards and exhibits his designs in museums around the globe.
December is really the month to search for a new calendar. Beverly Hsu, from Brookline, MA, USA , created this minimalist and even a bit abstract clean calendar for 2010. The calendar is letterpress printed and contains 12 different decorative types from various typecases. The idea is simple: each piece represents a day and a set of pieces represent a month, forming all together 2010. Although this is maybe not the most functional calendar, you can also put it as an art piece on your wall. A perfect Christmas present for the true minimalist! You can purchase the two versions Beverly created, a white and a black edition, at Etsy.
Spanish designer Oscar Diaz has designed a calendar that uses the capillary action of ink spreading across paper to display the date. Every day the ink will “print” a number on the calendar until the end of the month. The ink colors are based on a spectrum, which relate to a “color temperature scale”, each month having a color related to our perception of the whether on that month. The colors range from dark blue in December to, three shades of green in spring or oranges, red in the summer. I think Oscar Diaz hasn’t made only a calendar but also a piece of art which give you a perception of time passing and not only signalling it.