Nothing says Fresh Start in quite the same way, don’t you think? And it’s pleasing to note that even in the face of world digital domination, one can still find so many very good ones—a development I’d credit to both the proliferation of independent letterpresses and a heightened interest in, and appreciation of, good graphic design among the browsing and buying public. This desk calendar by Sugar Paper is pleasingly but mildly retroish—and despite its extreme pinkness, somehow not too girly.
Here’s a novel notion: buy this calendar, and what you receive is a PDF, which you then print out yourself—in whatever quantity you desire.
A songwriting legend a month, from Johnny Cash to Nina Simone. Way too cool for school, but also surpassingly pretty.
At times I find myself powerless over the forces of twee.
A painting by Ryan McGinness will set you back rather a lot, but the desk calendar he cranks out every year—which features a different illustration on each page, and ample room for note-taking and appointment noting—is cheaper than a taxi ride from Bushwick to Chelsea.
I’m not one of the many who genuflect every time Pantone rolls out yet another collaboration, but the notion of using Pantone chips to create pixelated images—a brainstorm of the ever-creative folks at design firm Pentagram—is a tiny stroke of genius.
Stendig’s wall calendar is a classic of contemporary graphic design and the only calendar in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. It’s also just really, satisfyingly big,
Another classic: Massimo Vignelli’s Perpertual Wall Calendar, which could not be a whole lot more minimal and will last you from now until forever.
And on the entirely other end of the spectrum: I very much like the idea of checking out Crispin Finn’s Year planner at the end of 2013 and having a cool little mini-record of everything that went down over the previous 365 days.