Simple Numbers, Complicated Dates: 49 Innovative Calendars

It’s that time of the year again when we kick off our shoes from work and enjoy the festive season. As we welcome the year ahead, I’m sure most of us have made some kind of resolutions for ourselves. Needless to say, many of us have been unable to stick to our previous resolutions to go on a diet or keep to an exercise regime, perhaps due our hectic schedules. What then, is more important than a calendar in order to manage time well and stay organized?

creative calendars

Unless you switch one, you will be looking at your new calendar for the new year for the next 365 days. Why not get a thought-provoking, creatively designed or aesthetic calendar that you can appreciate each and every day? Here, we have compiled some of the best designed calendars over the recent years to let each of you have an idea on the variety of calendars that designers have came up with. Enjoy!

Ink Calendarvia Oscar DiazThis innovative calendar lets the ink from the bottle diffuses across the days of the month.

Square-Comics Calendar 2010via Alone-zinoA comic-inspired calendar.

Spiral Calendar 2010A unique calendar design in the form of a spiral.

Scratch A Datevia Yanko DesignWelcome each new day by scratching off to reveal the date!

Russian Creative 2008 Calendarvia FenyuInteresting calendar where each month is a different traffic scene as viewed by a trucker.

Calendar 2009via RekordEach color corresponds to different days of the week.

2008 Calendarvia Tim PokrichukA unique calendar with a web-like design.

Spiral Calendarvia Carlos CoelhoYet another spiral calendar with colors assigned to each individual day of the week.

Calendar Made of Matchesvia Yurko GutsulyakEvery date is made of matches.

2010 Bubble Calendarvia Perpetual KidEnjoy pressing bubble wraps? You should get this.

Barometer Inspired Calendarvia Lindsey_muirAs you can tell, you have to turn to circles to represent the correct month, date, day and even the weather.

An Apple A Dayvia David WeikAn apple a day keeps the doctor away. Peel off the label of each apple you eat and stick it to the date.

Happy New Year From Happy Milovia Jonathan DaviesA spectrum of color across the months.

March 2008via Jennifer Daniel

Helvetica Calendarvia Guilherme PontesA calendar that uses the Helvetica typeface and an enticing range of colors.

Moma Perpetual Calendarvia Gideon Dagan DesignA 3D structure as a calendar.

Edible Calendarvia Dmitry KutlayevChocoholics, limit your intake of chocolates with this edible calendar.

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories: Calendarvia Sudler & HennesseyThe message of this calendar: Smoking shortens your life span.

“Dorogaya” Magnetic Calendarvia Serhiy ChebotaryovMagnetic calendar that you can place on your fridge.

Dodecahedral Calendarvia Dave GrayA twelve-sided polygon as your calendar for the year.

Calendar Gregoryvia Calendar-GameConnect each line to a new date everyday. Kids will love this.

Camera Lens Calendarvia Sharad KaksarA camera lens inspired calendar for avid photographers.

Calendar Tells Me Everythingvia Maksim BiriukovThis calendar tells you the present year, month, date, day and even the time.

Napkins Calendar 2009via Stas AkiNapkin and calendar combined.

Corian Calendarvia Niels Kjeldsen DesignPlastic blocks with dates and months.

Office Calendarvia Qaaim GoodwinThis wooden structure is a creative switch from the usual paper-style calendars.

Recycle Bin Advent Calendarvia KelanewA hand-crafted calendar using recycled materials.

Kalenteri 2008via Pulse247Circular calendar with a spectrum of colors.

Teacup Calendarvia Takeshi NishiokaDrink tea from this calendar.

Typographic Tear-Off Calendarvia ParachuteCheck out the different typefaces each day of the year.

Tickler Calendar For The Slip Methodvia JudyofthewoodsSlip in your appointments and to-do lists into each date.

Voskhod: Calendarvia VoskhodYet another scratch calendar, but this time it reveals funny pictures, jokes, riddles, etc below each date.

Typodarium 2010via SlantedSee a new typeface for each day.

Twelve Calendarvia Thomas WilliamsA unconventional layout for a calendar. Those dates that are shaded are the weekends.

Calendario 02via QuintohacheA 3D calendar made of Lego-like bricks.

Google Lego Calendarvia KesoAnother lego-inspired calendar by Google.

Axe Schedulevia Elma+Alt+ShiftA cute calendar showing each date with people in a building.

Nie Auction Calendarvia IheartlinenA calendar for you to feel and appreciate the texture of linen.

October 2009via The DigichickA hand-drawn calendar with photos of family.

Perpetual Calendarvia EtsyA calendar display of cards for month, date and day.

Pink Letterpress Calendars 2009A cute calendar with cute messages and pictures.

Pop-up Calendarvia Johann VolkmerOpen each new month and be dazzled by the fine craftmanship of pop-ups.

Spin Calendar 70svia PresentandcorrectTurn each ring to indicate the correct dates and months.

Human Calendarvia Human CalendarAn amusing use of photographic portraits of people for each squares of the calendar.

Finn & Rockwell’s Counting-House Calendarvia DezinHQAn old-fashioned calendar design.

2008 Map Calendar & Poster By Lart C. Berlinervia Little Otsu PublishingEach month is drawn in manner to make it look like individual regions of a map.

2008 Calendarvia KateAnother hand-drawn calendar using only black ink.

Timor Calendarvia Unicorn GraphicsClassic 20th century design desk calendar inspired by railway signs.

Urban CalendarSee the entire year in a towering skyscraper-like wooden calendar.

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