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?

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!

#1 @Oscar Diaz

This innovative calendar lets the ink from the bottle diffuses across the days of the month.

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#2 @Alone-zino

A comic-inspired calendar.

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#3

A unique calendar design in the form of a spiral.

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#4 @Yanko Design

Welcome each new day by scratching off to reveal the date!

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#5 @Fenyu

Interesting calendar where each month is a different traffic scene as viewed by a trucker.

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#5 @Rekord

Each color corresponds to different days of the week.

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#6 @Tim Pokrichuk

A unique calendar with a web-like design.

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#7 @Carlos Coelho

Yet another spiral calendar with colors assigned to each individual day of the week.

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#8 @Yurko Gutsulyak

Every date is made of matches.

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#9 @Perpetual Kid

Enjoy pressing bubble wraps? You should get this.

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#10 @Lindsey_muir

As you can tell, you have to turn to circles to represent the correct month, date, day and even the weather.

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#11 @David Weik

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

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#12 @Jonathan Davies

A spectrum of color across the months.

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#13 @Jennifer Daniel
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#14 @Guilherme Pontes

A calendar that uses the Helvetica typeface and an enticing range of colors.

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#15 @Gideon Dagan Design

A 3D structure as a calendar.

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#16 @Dmitry Kutlayev

Chocoholics, limit your intake of chocolates with this edible calendar.

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#17 @Sudler & Hennessey

The message of this calendar: Smoking shortens your life span.

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#18 @Serhiy Chebotaryov

Magnetic calendar that you can place on your fridge.

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#19 @Dave Gray

A twelve-sided polygon as your calendar for the year.

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#20 @Calendar-Game

Connect each line to a new date everyday. Kids will love this.

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#21 @Sharad Kaksar

A camera lens inspired calendar for avid photographers.

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#22 @Maksim Biriukov

This calendar tells you the present year, month, date, day and even the time.

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#23 @Stas Aki

Napkin and calendar combined.

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#24 @Niels Kjeldsen Design

Plastic blocks with dates and months.

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#25 @Qaaim Goodwin

This wooden structure is a creative switch from the usual paper-style calendars.

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#26 @Kelanew

A hand-crafted calendar using recycled materials.

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#27 @Pulse247

Circular calendar with a spectrum of colors.

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#28 @Takeshi Nishioka

Drink tea from this calendar.

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#29 @Parachute

Check out the different typefaces each day of the year.

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#30 @Judyofthewoods

Slip in your appointments and to-do lists into each date.

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#31 @Voskhod

Yet another scratch calendar, but this time it reveals funny pictures, jokes, riddles, etc below each date.

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#32 @Slanted

See a new typeface for each day.

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#33 @Thomas Williams

A unconventional layout for a calendar. Those dates that are shaded are the weekends.

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#34 @Quintohache

A 3D calendar made of Lego-like bricks.

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#35 @Keso

Another lego-inspired calendar by Google.

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#36 @Elma+Alt+Shift

A cute calendar showing each date with people in a building.

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#37 @Iheartlinen

A calendar for you to feel and appreciate the texture of linen.

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#38 @The Digichick

A hand-drawn calendar with photos of family.

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#39 @Etsy

A calendar display of cards for month, date and day.

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#40

A cute calendar with cute messages and pictures.

#41 @Johann Volkmer

Open each new month and be dazzled by the fine craftmanship of pop-ups.

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#42 @Presentandcorrect

Turn each ring to indicate the correct dates and months.

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#43 @Human Calendar

An amusing use of photographic portraits of people for each squares of the calendar.

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#43 @DezinHQ

An old-fashioned calendar design.

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#44 @Little Otsu Publishing

Each month is drawn in manner to make it look like individual regions of a map.

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#45 @Kate

Another hand-drawn calendar using only black ink.

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#46 @Unicorn Graphics

Classic 20th century design desk calendar inspired by railway signs.

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#47

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

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