Creative Calendar Designs


How many creative solutions for calendar design are out there? If you take a look around you’ll find out that most calendars are designed in a “standard” linear fashion. Calendar cards usually have the same structure: the month is designed in bold while the days are placed below within a rigid grid structure. Well, it doesn’t have to be like this. In fact, there are a number of creative approaches one can consider when designing calendars.

Indeed, designers sometimes risk unique design solutions. However, unusual design is not necessarily a good design. It is important that your calendar design reveals function and remains usable. Function is more important than the design. In fact, some designs listed below may be not that user-friendly, but they may serve as a nice starting point and give you some fresh ideas for your future designs.

This post showcases creative examples of calendar design. We have tried to include creative, visually appealing and interesting design solutions. Hopefully, everybody will find something interesting and unusual for herself or himself.

Please notice: this post is rather about information visualization than nice graphics design. Some nice calendar graphic designs have already been1 collected2. Our goal was different: to present some creative concepts for calendar designs and calendar systems.

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Beautiful and Creative Calendars

Magnetic Calendar6
Eternal, easy customized magnetic calendar. With, even, 32nd day of month just in case. Month’s names abbreviated to 3 letters. Chips can be placed one over another. Special appeal of this calendar is special chips, like “Deadline”, “Arrival”, “Departure”, five “Drink Day” and one “Don’t Drink Day”. Designed by Serhiy and Igor Chebotaryov.

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Tielen perpetual calendar9
Designed by Sander Tielen from Netherlands.

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Fun little project: this calendar displays the daily hours of sunshine 30 years ago, projected onto the year 2008. Well, that was a lot of work. Designed by Sven Ellingen.

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Too cool for words
It’s actually extremely simple: you just need to commit to memory that .|..|…|~|,,,|,,|, > January to December. So if you want to find out what dayname was November 20, you go to 20, move up to the November row, find … and you know immediately that it was a Tuesday. And it has some BIG type as well.

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Perpetual Calendar14
This boldly original calendar is designed to be used year after year. Simply move the two magnetic balls to mark the date and month. Made for the Museum of injection-molded plastic and magnets, it can be wall-mounted or used on a desktop. Designed by Gideon Dagan.

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Folding calendar16
This design makes use of a “folding” dimension in order to share a common grid of numbers among different month headers. Designed by Luis Pabon.

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Color Calendar18
A pretty colorful calendar concept. Each month color is associated with a month — e.g. blue stands for January and red stands for July. The last page contains contact references to designer’s portfolio. That’s an effective brochure design. Designed by Jonathan Davies.

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Pulse Calendar22
A circular calendar design concept from Finland. Designed by Pulse247 design agency.

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Colour calendar24
Colour Calendar 2008 – and every day once again gets its own special color from Switzerland’s design genius, Moritz Zwimpfer. This appealing, spiral-bound desk calendar is a bit like a Pantone book with room for notes; each day’s color brings its own scent, taste and sound, the implications of memory, the possibilities of the future. A beautiful little object, impeccably printed, for the desk or attaché case of a design aficionado, promising enjoyment long after 2008 is history. The appendix includes a calendar overview for 2008-2009, Pantone codes for the 365 colors, and blank pages for memos. Designed by Moritz Zwimpfer.

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Orange diagonal with outer numbers26
For one thing, orange and gray are a great combination, but more importantly it has an other-worldly weirdness that I very much appreciate it. I guess the strangeness comes from being a novel (I think) way to extend everyday two-dimensional tables with one extra dimension. It’s not a perfect extension–confusing and difficult to follow–but it’s intriguing.

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Compact calendar29
Designed by David Seah.


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Post-It Calendar32
Calendar made from post-it paper, the layout and design still needs some work (as always, any of your suggestions and thoughts are more than welcome), but here is the rought concept. The principle how it works: for each day you have a post-it note, each one has a date and a to-do list, before you leave your house, you peel todays note from the wall/frige/whatever and put it in you wallet. Designed by Andrei Slobtsov33.

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Step perpetual calendar
Simplicity and good design make up this pleasing, yet space-conscious desk accessory. This two piece perpetual desk calendar is made of wood.

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Dupont – Corian Calendar35
Corian 40 years/40 designers was created to recognize the input designers have made and continue to make to Corian. DuPont asked 40 international designers to create a genuinely functional object – a table or desktop accessory – that reflects the ingenuity of the designers as well as the design possibilities of Corian.

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Vintage Calendar System37
Simplicity and good design make up this pleasing, yet space-conscious desk accessory. This two piece perpetual desk calendar is made of wood.

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Calendar 200839
Calendar doesn’t have to be linear, it can be designed in a shape of a spiral. However, it is not clear how one can actually use this concept. Maybe you have some idea? Created by Krizan Design Studio.

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Acrylics Calendar MUJI41
This calendar features a grid of movable acrylic cubes with days of the week and numbers that can be adjusted with each month. Comes with a stand for placing on the desktop. Made of acrylic.

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108time box43
The calendar of 9 years. The endless time flows from the time box. 108 visual pictures consisted ofthe numerals depicted different axes.

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Pershing Calendar45
Even a simple calendar doesn’t need to look like a calendar. With a moderate use of white space a calendar can be seamlessly integrated in a brochure or booklet. Slick design by Manuel Dall’olio.

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Circular calendar49
Designed by Entropia.

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Information Esthetic Calendar51
The design is not meant as a sterile design object, but rather as a sort of graph paper for personal life: people are invited to invent their unique, personal visual code: they can bracket trips along perimeters, circle birthdays, arc weekly meetings, mark time and so on. Pdf-version is available.

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Calendar Card
“There is a number of outstanding issues with the design, esp. how to determine day of the week for each date (I’ve tried to address this by highlighting Mondays with a white dot). Type may still be too small as well.” Designed by Ben Stevens.

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Meatpixel Calendars
A calendar featuring moon phases, solar phases and another phases of plus minus 30 days. The last calendar is a simple pocket calendar for people with troubles seeing tiny stuff. The roman numbrers are the months, above is the first MONDAY and under is the last day.

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Slow printings57
Series of “self-printed” calendar and plant posters made by controlling the ink bleeding on the paper. Designed by Oscar Diaz.

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Helvetica 2008 Calendar59
The calendar is 365 perforated pages with the month, day and date in large and bold type. Each month is shown solid at the top of each page with the overlayed outlines of the 7 days of Mon – Sun, the left numbers 0 – 3 and the right 0 – 9 on each page. Each page corresponds to one day of the year with the particular day and date picked out in solid white over the outlines. Designed by EffektiveDesign agency.

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Circle the date stickers62
These are so fun! You’ll be organized and having fun all at the same time with these Circle the Date Stickers. Use them on your photo boxes, scrapbook pages, journals, cards – you can even use these in your pantry! Or, bring them to school or work and use them on your reports or projects that have due dates! The possibilities are endless!

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Triangular Calendar64
“For one thing, orange and gray are a great combination, but more importantly it has an other-worldly weirdness that I very much appreciate it. I guess the strangeness comes from being a novel (I think) way to extend everyday two-dimensional tables with one extra dimension. It’s not a perfect extension–confusing and difficult to follow — but it’s intriguing.” Who knows, maybe you could develop the idea further?

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Wallpaper Calendar66
Real design ninjas create a calendar wallpaper from scratch, print it out and use it as a (not desktop) wallpaper. Design by Christiaan Postma.

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Last Click

Calendario Azteca68
Learning good calendar design practices from fellow Aztecs.

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2008 Calendar70
Well, this is an ultimate design solution. No numbers, only pictures. This is defeinitely a distinctive design, but how useful is it? Designed by Cecilie Ellefsen.

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Chalkboard Wall Calendar72
A home office is the ideal spot for a family planner. Six weeks worth of squares in a variety of shades can accommodate several schedules. The entire wall is also coated with chalkboard paint for more memos. Start with a base coat of store-bought black chalkboard paint, then mix in varying amounts of white chalkboard paint for lighter squares.

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Coffee Cup Calendar74
Designed by Takeshi Nishioka. Have a smashing lunch, folks!

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  1. 1

    I like the Magnetic Calendar and the Pulse calendar ..

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    am a young graphic designer who entered this industry last year, it every inspiring to see these super fabulous designs. you guys rock the world

  3. 103

    I am out of words, first time i see such fab designs, bring more please

  4. 154

    Interesting and fantastic collection of calendars!!!
    Here my little but nice idea (I hope!!!):
    transparent calendars!

    • 205

      Dear friend

      Hi. I tried to see your design but failed to reach any of the two mentioned addresses.

      So please be kind and send me the design on my e-mail
      Thank you

  5. 256

    coffee cup calender is fantastic ! ! nice typo design ! i love it

  6. 307

    Hey its awsome!!! :) loved all your creative calenders…

    Hey i need some ideas…. please help me out….

    its my moms birthday so i wanted to make a calender of all her family persons birthday with thier pic on it…

    could you please give me some idea on it please…..

    its urgent ….

  7. 358

    Wicked!! looks like I am the first to comment on this, 2010.

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    Not the first time i have come to this site and found exactly whay ive been looking for. Thanks guys!

  10. 511

    Guys, I have to say, you do not disappoint when it comes to giving informative ideas and you help me with most of my assignments (I`m a graphic design student), even the links that you provide are as good, please keep the momentum going… later.

  11. 562

    really cool stuffs

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    I love the creative design the magnetic one is my favorite i like to keep it simple but i can appreciate the creativeness, the acrylic and circular one very interesting I was so glad to come across a web site that specialize in creative design for calenders, I have come up with a design for wall calenders, I love calenders and would love to see my design on the market but i don’t know where to start, can anyone give me some suggestions , i would appreciate any advice you could give me Thank you

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    It was a good occaison to find your site, giving its interesting variety of modeling the calendars, which i have developped many of them in small forms as perpetual calendars, starting from 1582, 15th of October, till the year 4000.

    The variations of my group include music signs calendars, coloure calendares.

    I need to finish legal procedures in order to publish them in the near future in form of small booklet or as articles in spcialzed magazine

    again, i express my admiration for the ideas behind such art site. work

  14. 715

    wagwan… nice calendars there
    need help thoughh
    which one wud be the desk calendar?

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    Nice Collection , Keep it up, Great going

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    Very nice list of calendar designs. I am SEO & webmaster of web development company eSparkInfo Solution. ( I want to learn Graphic design work because, we are going to launch graphic design service to our website.

    I am going forward to download Photoshop to my PC. But, I have problem with software selection. I discussed with too many Web Designer & Graphic Designer regarding software selection.

    They suggested me: If you want to design great brochure or calender just like above. :) So, I have to deal with Corel Draw rather than Photoshop.

    Why should I go forward with Photoshop? Because, first learning step will be Graphic design & second step will be web design. So, If I familiar with Photoshop from day one so it will help me lot to make my web design stuff easier than ever.

    Can any one suggest me regarding it? Which is best software to learn Graphic Design & Web Design?

    BTW: Very great work to gather attractive & creative list of calendar design. I love SM & this is another great post which add one more cause in it. Thanks!!

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    Puneet k Paliwal

    June 13, 2011 2:44 am


    I’m a professional travel photographer, but recently I started teaching Kids who lives on street, kids who ran out of there houses and some of orphans. I visit in there communities and take classes with them to give something constructive in there live. Recently this small kids clicked some very good Pictures and I m planning to create a Calendar from the pictures they clicked and sell it in market and whatvever money I raised some of part I’ll give in to there studies.

    So my dear friend I found you and thought if you could help me in this by designing a very good calendar for the kids, it would be really great for them as well.

    thank you
    New Delhi,

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    Hi Puneet
    Soundz grt wht u doin
    I wld be intrsted in seein ur shotz.

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    I love most of the designes that you shown above… just awsome….

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    chalkboard wall calender, it’s cool but superb design.

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    love the ideas… i’m inspired! thanks for the post.

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    Just another creative calendar

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    these designs are beatiful….. weldone 2 d designers.:-)

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    The designs are nice
    I will be glad to have some lessons with your outfit

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    Nice design… I have to create a calendar theme — “Built To Last”. Please suggest me pictures or graphics that i can use for the said theme.



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    i’v never seen it before

    good jobs ^ ^

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    raden heriyanto bernadhi

    September 6, 2012 6:18 am

    wwwoooowwww amazing idea & concept…

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    amazing design of calender. I would like to say that my company ( is launching its calender on this year. so, it is good help as well.. Thanks for posting creative calender design

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    good job


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