Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year!

The year "Twenty-Ten" has a crisp, solid ring to it. We're finally out of the "Ohhhs" decade (or the "naughts" as the English would say) and none too soon. And nothing rings in the new year like a well-designed calendar/datebook. Maybe this is the year I'll actually have the discipline to use one rather than just tossing it in a drawer. This one caught my eye online — the Munken Agenda called Everynow 2010. I ordered a couple of these from England — they're produced as a paper sample from the manufacturer, Artic Paper.

Sporting an intriguing "timewheel" design theme, the cover design is wonderfully technical — concentric circles of numbers that depict the month, days in the month, weeks, day of the year, hours in the month etc. — all deliciously de-bossed (letterpressed) into its thick cover. The interior is equally well designed, with each spread displaying a full week, and the weekend days at the far right. (I can't for the life of me understand the standard American practice of splitting up the two weekend days, putting one day at the beginning and the other at the end of the week. In day-to-day living, Americans still have the mental model of the week starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, so I'm baffled by the proliferation of calendars and datebooks available in this country with the split-up weekends — makes them all unusable in my book.)

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