Looking for some calendar design inspiration? Then look no further as we reveal a host of inspirational designs for the new year.
Branching out into calendar design is a great way to bring in extra client work, promote your own portfolio, the company you work for, or maybe the product you produce. In this showcase of great calendar design we've tried to provide a good cross-section of examples, that offer unique and innovative calendar design approaches to one of the most traditional of products.
This is the ninth edition of Noa Bembibre's calendar, which introduces 12 new, witty phrases that hide the name of each month within. Printed in four colours on natural white cover paper, the calendar is finished with its signature black spine and ribbon, in an edition of 1,000 copies.
02. Milky Pin-ups
London based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz has decided to use some clever Photoshop skills and create a milky tribute to the 1940s. Frozen with high speed strobes, each photograph is layered from hundreds of photographs of splashes on real models using real milk. Inspired by artists such as Gil Elvgren, Wieczorkiewicz has said that it can take up to 200 frames to reach the finished image.
The 12 musketeers calendar project is a collaboration effort spearheaded by paperreka and is between 12 young, battle-trained designers who formed an alliance and joined forces in honor of defending the art of letterpress.
Since 2012, the team behind German design and typography magazine Slanted make it their job to find the"freshest, boldest, most successful and unusual" fonts to feature in their annual 'Typodarium' calendar. For 2014, they have brought together 365 fonts - one for every day - by 232 designers and foundries from 26 countries.
05. Lego calendar
"The Lego calendar is a wall mounted time planner that we invented for our studio," design studio Vitamins explain. "It's made entirely of Lego, but if you take a photo of it with a smartphone, all of the events will be magically synchronised to an online, digital calendar. It's colour-coded for different projects and represents a simple but effective way to organise a studio that's anything but boring."
COLOURFUL is a 2014 letterpress desk calendar that is printed with a 50-year-old vintage platen press. The calendar design is printed on 100 percent cotton, extra thick card stock made from textile scraps, making it a tree-free eco-friendly product. Each month has a unique design, created for creative inspiration.
07. Wall calendar
This wall calendar was designed by German company Populaere Produkte and comes complete with 100 post-it notes, each with a hole to mark and label single days throughout the year. The simple, crisp design gives a clean-cut feel, with the calendar printed on FSC-certified recycled paper - making it eco-friendly too!
08. Fluid Animals
After the success of the 2013 Fluid Animals calendar, Ben the Illustrator has produced another collection of 'Fluid Animals' bringing nature-inspired artwork to the home or office for another 12 months. It features gorgeous new artwork and includes popular and lesser known species, all beautiful in their own way.
This CMYK calendar is a daily inspiration for anyone that loves colour. Each day a colour stripe can be teared off, with new colour combinations then exposed. Printed on coated and uncoated paper, the stripes can be collected to create colour matching fans. The exact CMYK data is printed on every stripe.
Polish designer Amelia Krysztofiak says, "I decided to literally square the circle - each month's figure is created from basic division of a square in the circle. I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so I only used only three colours and three different textures, which resulted in 14 different styles.
This gorgeous calendar print was inspired by JW Goethe's circle colour concept. It reads like a watch, displaying the monthly temperatures in colours, with the four seasons including solistices and equinoxes as well as all (full and new) moon phases in 2014.
Created by French designer Anthony Tournadre, this typography inspired 2014 calendar design is a brilliant example of symbolism and colour creativity. We adore the use of recycled paper, as well as the gorgeous juxtaposition of the symbols and type. The colours perfectly compliment each other, making for a brilliant execution.
13. Studio Armadillo
This calendar design from Studio Armadillo comes hot off the heels of their successful 2013 offering and celebrates their second birthday. Featuring commissioned illustrations from a whole host of designers, you'll get plenty of inspiration from every page.
14. Silly holidays
Something fun to enjoy for all of 2014, this set of 12 digitally printed 4x6 postcards all come with hand-crafted lettering and illustration. One for each month with a silly (but totally real) holiday including 'Dress Up Your Pet Day', 'Ice Cream for Breakfast Day' and 'International Fanny Pack Day'. The calendar is available over on Etsy.
15. Natural calendar
Designed by Taiwan based designer Ainorwei Lin, this calendar design celebrates the colourful simplicity of icon design. As each icon design focuses on the weather aspects of each month, the calendar is available both as a large print and as a set of postcards.
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