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Calendar 2010

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 { 4 Comments }

First I will start some with some self-criticism this is perfect example when design fails to be effective. If the propose of the design is to be simple and self explaining this is not the case. This is the example when you need the manual to explain the design. And I hate that.

So why I did it. In this case I wanted to be design for design (L'Art Pour L'Art) maybe because I need to go around my "everything should be usable" principle.

I imagined that the design of the calendar should be circular, Earth takes about 365.25 days to go around the Sun making elliptical trajectory and that is one year.

In astronomy, unlike geometry, 360° means returning to the same point in some cyclical time scale, either one mean solar day or one sidereal day for rotation on Earth's axis, or one sidereal year or one mean tropical year or even one mean Julian year containing exactly 365.25 days for revolution around the Sun.
- Wikipedia

So symbolically I used "round" design and the final result is this:

Calendar 2010

The bolded numbers like 7,14,21,28,35 are Sunday. So the numbers represent the days of the week. So one is not one is Monday. The circle line starts from the first day of the month. For 1-st January (the white line closest to circle numbers) we have Friday or 5 so we starts from 5 + 31 days and ends up 35.

I also made a mathematical model and heat map of the average temperature range of all the months and seasons. To get more simple white is cold , black is hot.

You can see more details here : Spreadsheets

Play around with the Illustrator .ai file: Calendar2010.zip

4 Responses to “Calendar 2010”

  1. // Anonymous Anonymous // 12/23/2009

    I just can't understand why didn't you draw a perfect endless circle for day numbers, from 1 to 35 and looping it (no zero...).

    However, it's a clever intuition, but it's also a bit exoteric.

    What I'd miss in using it? Well, there's not a coupling between the days of the week and the number of the day in the current month. So it's quite impressive as infographic design but also unusable.

    What you could try: 1) use two different and alternate shades of gray to radially isolate the single days of the month. 2) use day numbers instead of solid color rings. 3) use day abbreviations instead of meaningless numbers (1-35).

    Probably trying all of them will end in a terrible graphic mess, so read my suggestion just for the sake of kindness, the forget them. ;-)  

  2. // Anonymous NeonBlueWS // 12/24/2009

    Very interesting idea and well executed. I like the way you shaded the lines with winter being white and summer black, northern hemispherically speaking. Well done. Happy Holidays!  

  3. // Anonymous Anonymous // 1/06/2010

    Hi Vladimir, just wanted to share with you this concept design found on the web: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Calendar/218109  

  4. // Blogger Vladimir // 1/06/2010

    @Matteo: Thanks! Interesting concept, definitely more user friendly :-)  

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