While the new year may have already rang in, the glass-half-full contingent would say there are still still 360 days left to enjoy a curious calendar. We found four designs that break away from the standard wall calendar to help make 2011 a little more interesting.
Aptly titled, Wanderkalendar's simple format has a lot to offer. The blue side is printed in English in landscape orientation, while portrait view is in German on a gray background. The smooth double-sided calendar comes with 100 perforated blank stickie notes for keeping track of important dates—especially useful for the chronic rescheduler. Wanderkalendar sells online from Populäre Produkte for €15. Via Design Milk.
The 2011 calendar for the fine Italian paper specialist Fedrigoni UK was created by graphic designer Paul Betowski, a recent graduate of Cornwall University. Inspired by Russian nesting dolls, the 12-box set shows off their Sirio Color paper series with each month individually Diecut to reveal the color beneath. A promotional item, the calendar is available to UK residents only, by emailing General Enquiries at Fedrigoni UK. Via Packaging of The World.
Dot To Date
Dan Usiskin's Dot To Date calendar channels the classic childhood game of connect the dots in a pack of 12+ recyclable cards. Quintessential London monuments are turned into rocket ships, Ferris wheels, miniature statues and more with seemingly endless creative possibilities. Dot To Date sells online for £12. Via Yatzer.
Scottish designer Derek Bowers created this impressive Pantone calendar by placing 1440 images in Illustrator, all by hand. With an aim to create a globally significant calendar, Bowers used the universally-acknowledged color wheel to display many of the main religious and cultural holidays around the world alongside each color's cultural significance. Not yet in production, you can support Bowers' Pantone calendar on Behance in hopes he will soon produce this beautiful graphic design.