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Creative Calendar Designs

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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.

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Beautiful and Creative Calendars Link

Magnetic Calendar4 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Tielen perpetual calendar5 Link

Designed by Sander Tielen from Netherlands.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

A-Calendar6 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Too cool for words Link

It’s actually extremely simple: you just need to commit to memory that .|..|…|~|,,,|,,|, > January to December. So if you want to find out what day name 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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Perpetual Calendar7 Link

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 out of plastic and magnets, it can be wall-mounted or used on a desktop. Designed by Gideon Dagan.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Folding calendar8 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Color Calendar9 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Pulse Calendar10 Link

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

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Colour calendar11 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Orange diagonal with outer numbers12 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Compact calendar13 Link

Designed by David Seah.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Post-It Calendar Link

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 rough 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 Slobtsov14.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Step perpetual calendar Link

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

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Dupont – Corian Calendar15 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Vintage Calendar System16 Link

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

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Calendar 200817 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Acrylics Calendar MUJI18 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

108time box Link

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

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Pershing Calendar19 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Circular calendar20 Link

Designed by Entropia.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Information Aesthetic Calendar21 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Calendar Card Link

“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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Meatpixel Calendars Link

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 numbers are the months, above is the first MONDAY and under is the last day.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Slow printings22 Link

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

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Helvetica 2008 Calendar23 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Circle the date stickers24 Link

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!

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Triangular Calendar25 Link

“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?

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Wallpaper Calendar26 Link

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

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Last Click Link

Calendario Azteca27 Link

Learning good calendar design practices from fellow Aztecs.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

2008 Calendar28 Link

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

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Chalkboard Wall Calendar29 Link

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.

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Coffee Cup Calendar30 Link

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

Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs
Sexy and Creative Calendar Designs

Resources Link

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/16/beautiful-brochures-and-booklets/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/14/monday-inspiration-data-visualization-and-infographics/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/02/beautiful-and-expressive-packaging-design/
  4. 4 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Dorogaya-Magnetic-Calendar/97189
  5. 5 http://www.ed-awards.com/index.php?option=com_easygallery&task=category&cid=269&Itemid=353
  6. 6 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/A-calendar/85241
  7. 7 http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Perpetual%20Calendar_10451_10001_12486?promoCode=6H101#
  8. 8 http://www.luispabon.com/entropia/index.php?entry=entry070123-145900
  9. 9 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Calendar/53834
  10. 10 http://designyoutrust.com/2008/04/17/kalenteri/
  11. 11 http://www.aisleone.net/2007/design/colour-calendar-2008/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eliazar/374137590/in/pool-calendarcards
  13. 13 http://davidseah.com/page/compact-calendar
  14. 14 http://andreis.carbonmade.com
  15. 15 http://www.niels-kjeldsen.dk/index.php?page=Corian_Calendar
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/raedeke/127762788/
  17. 17 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Calendar/54705
  18. 18 http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Acrylics%20Calendar_10451_10001_36357_-1_11524_11527_null__6H101
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Pershing-Calendar/56369
  20. 20 http://www.luispabon.com/entropia/index.php?entry=entry061221-030010
  21. 21 http://informationesthetics.org/node/36
  22. 22 http://www.oscar-diaz.net/
  23. 23 http://www.effektivedesign.co.uk/project/new-helvetica-2008-calendar/
  24. 24 http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_4&listing_id=12761410
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eliazar/374070860/in/pool-calendarcards
  26. 26 http://www.christiaanpostma.nl/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/irvmark/114409581/
  28. 28 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Calendar/82264
  29. 29 http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=5f69669014f64110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=Chalkboard%20Wall%20Calendar&rsc=header_1
  30. 30 http://www.johnsonbanks.co.uk/thoughtfortheweek/index.php?thoughtid=275
  31. 31 http://infosthetics.com/archives/2006/12/creative_calendar_design.html
  32. 32 http://www.shift.jp.org/en/archives/2008/09/2009_calendar_competition.html
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/groups/calendarcards/pool/
  34. 34 http://www.publikumcalendar.com/movie_eng.html
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  1. 1

    great design!

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  2. 2

    Nice post.

    Just a little correction, it is “Calendario Azteca”, not “Azteco”.

    -as

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  3. 3

    Some of these calendars are really imaginative and creative but I don’t think many of them would be of much use (except for the wallpaper calender which is actually quite wicked!)

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  4. 4

    Love the chalkboard Wall calendar!

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    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    June 23, 2008 1:12 am

    Wonderful collection. Great start for this week.
    Keep on going and stay tuned . . .

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  6. 7

    Tee hee, you wrote “big ass” in there! Kind of unexpected for a Smashing article.

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  7. 8

    awesome, i wan’t one.

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  8. 9

    As always a real good post…

    Time to get one of those calendars :)

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  9. 10

    i love the magnetic pin calendar!

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  10. 11

    The link for my Helvetica Calendar concept is incorrect. Please visit http://www.effektivedesign.co.uk for more information.

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  11. 12

    Similar to the Calendar Cards you’ve listed is Adam Sporka’s Thumb Calendar, a business card sized calendar that fits an entire year over both sides. Very nifty.

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  12. 13

    Some of these ideas are definitely worth trying out. Especially the wall calendar concept: this is an excellent way of organizing (and, in creative environments decorating) your workspace / office.
    As a bonus, you have a permanent reminder of what you have achieved so far and what’s ahead. When you pin or annotate appointments, deadlines, events… you are both setting dates and adding visual stimuli!!

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  13. 14

    Love the desk calendar from Dupont (Corian Calendar) however you can only get 6 numbers on each block/cube so how are you meant to display each day of a calendar month?

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  14. 15

    Oops, this isn’t what I thought it was.

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  15. 16

    Great post!

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  16. 17

    I could swear design was about making things useful…

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  17. 18

    So cool. BeBOPPING!

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  18. 19

    Niels Kjeldsen (Corian calendar designer)

    June 23, 2008 10:21 am

    The font is made so you can use 6 and 9 on the same some, but only use one surface

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  19. 20

    Fantastic list! I love unusual calendars and clocks. The magnet one especially appeals to me.

    My laptop screensaver is a lovely calendar/clock that is fun to watch.
    http://blog.pixelbreaker.com/polarclock/

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  20. 21

    Everything is awesome, some very creative minds behind those calendars.
    There’s one topic that has not been addressed by SmashingMagazine, banners. How about a post about the most beautiful web banners?
    Regards

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  21. 22

    Uau…great post! I’m in 2008…at last!

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  22. 23

    Spettacolari!
    Alcuni di questi potrebbero essere riadattati anche per altri scopi.

    Ottima segnalazione! Thanks!

    -3
  23. 24

    great collections

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  24. 25

    Wow ! Some great ideas and concepts here !
    And I really enjoyed the “32th day” in the first picture…

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  25. 26

    love the chalkbaord one

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  26. 27

    Brilliant absolutely amazing ideas – Thank you for making them so accessible to view.

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  27. 28

    Amazing. I like the first one. It is very appealing for me, no words necessary simply ticking that little plane for a flight date or with a cake design for a birthday in that creative calendar. Moreover, the ;ast design is also great for a calendar. Wonderful creativity and indeed very unique. If I can have one, I opt for the ifrst abd/or for the last designs.

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    Serhiy Chebotaryov

    June 24, 2008 2:08 am

    Please correct names of Magnetic Calendar designers.
    It was created by “Dorogaya” design studio: Serhiy Chebotaryov and Igor Pinigin

    -2
  29. 30

    Andrei Slobtsov

    June 24, 2008 12:04 pm

    hi, can you please put my name next to the “Post-It Calendar”, i’m the author,
    thanks!
    andreis.carbonmade.com

    -1
  30. 31

    Wow! I’ve really enjoyed it! ;) I love calendars…

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