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Where, when, and how was it decided that a calendar grid should always have exactly five rows, even where logic would seem to dictate six rows?
Why is this convention used even on wall calendars which clearly have space for a sixth row, even if this would mean decreasing space used for a "notes" section or pithy quotes or some such? Note that only a partial sixth row is ever needed.
Even if for some reason it is forbidden to use a sixth row, why use "23/30" and/or "24/31", thus cramming five characters into a single cell? Why not instead use "1/8" and/or "2/9"?
All right, here's a calendar I made.
Yes, it's designed for use in the USA (specifically for the vicinity of New Haven, Connecticut), but I did it on A4 paper for a reason I will get to.
I do not like conventional wall calendars. I think that they have both too much and too little information, and are badly formatted. So I made my own.
I used DIN because I wanted to be able to read the numbers from across the room and I figured a road sign font would take care of that. I also wanted a font that was relatively tall and narrow so that it would leave maximum space for writing notes.
With the new year ahead it is time for thinking about calendars!
I'm working on a calendar project since 2009.
This year it's the fourth time for me to produce the Typographic Wall Calendar and I wanted to share that with you.
I am in the process of designing a wall calendar, with one page per week. (I am using CorelDRAW, if you must know.) I am using the fonts DIN Engschrift and DIN Mittelschrift, mainly the latter.
It being a calendar, numerals are the most important characters. I am going for function rather than beauty, but still, I don't want an ugly calendar. This is why I chose a road sign font: I want to be able to read the date from across the room without my eyeglasses! Also, monospaced figures are a must.
I really do not like the way that the days of the week look like they are going to turn out, though. Please see the picture. It is a screenshot of me testing several fonts in a spreadsheet program. No wonder Wednesday is nicknamed "hump day"!
I thought this would be the right place to share my project:
I'm working on a typographic wall calendar, made of two thousand and eleven keyboard keys. Last year I did one made of 2010 keys.(http://typophile.com/node/65810)
This year I turned the design into a Kickstarter project. Kickstarter is a public funding platform for design and art projects.
Here is the link to the project-website with a little video: http://kck.st/20eleven
I also was invited to a lengthy interview about my design process:
On my website i wrote a bit more in depth about the piece:
One of my Fonts Ciseaux Matisse got featured in a little Type Calendar called Typodarium 2011.
Typodarium is published by Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz (about 10.000 copies). Format: 8,5 x 12 cm, 368 pages.
More information about Ciseaux Matisse you can find here on my Typophile Blog or buy the Font on MyFonts: http//new.myfonts.com/fonts/harald-geisler/ciseaux-matisse/
Infromation about the Typodarium can be found here: http://Typodarium.de
This is the wall calendar for the year 2010. It's made of two thousand and ten keyboard keys. This design offers a new visual experience of time, differently than your average wall calendar. It looks beautiful on the wall, and makes finding dates and marking events a creative process.
The size of the print is B0 (70cm x 100cm / 27.56” x 39.37”).
The printing is done with a standard 4c offset printing machine on 135g/m2 glossy paper, finished with a UV coating to protect the colors from bleaching. The UV coating also provides protection against water and dust.
Worldwide shipping (folded in a protected envelope) is included in the price of $20.10.
For $9.90 extra the wall calendar will be sent rolled in a reusable plastic tube.