It's November. That time of year when you realise another year has almost gone. You can't believe how quickly the months have passed or that you're booking things in for January already. You've barely even thought about Christmas presents.
What you need, my friend is a new calendar for your office. Something to steady yourself and regain that feeling of control. But not just any calendar, you understand. It has to be special. The way it's designed, how it's printed or made. Naturally, you'll want to support independent artists and designers too.
Allow Creative Boom to guide the way. We've spent the last few weeks scouring the interweb to discover some of the best calendars for 2019. And here they are in all their glory for you to enjoy and buy.
We love Football Editions' celebration of the beautiful game with this 2019 Football Calendar, offering a monthly fantasy football team based on classic players' birthdays. Imagine Pelé, van Basten and Maradona in the same team. Imagine no more. All born in October, these guys made it a good month for football. Brought to you by Mike Willows and Wayne Trevor Townsend, founders of London studio, NotOnSunday, the 2019 Football Calendar is limited edition.
"We’ve picked the players for every day of the year and assembled the starting 11s for each month," says the pair. "We’ve even figured out formations. So kick back, enjoy 2019 – as if your team has just won a Champions League final."
Priced at £12 | Buy the calendar
This gorgeous hand-bound, block-calendar with painted edges contains 365 pages with the dates and days of the week, including the half, full and new moons. In a small edition, just 100 copies, and in five colours (fluor red, yellow, soft pink, moss green and cappuccino) the calendar is glued and painted by hand, one by one.
In a simple and minimal design, Blue Calendar is a work in progress. Each year ideas change and the Calendar project transforms as well. It always has one day per page, the calendar proposes to live in the now, one day at a time.
Priced at €38 | Buy the calendar
Telegramme's stunning 2019 Calendar is like you've never seen before – a screen-printed, 'year at a glance' calendar that's a hand-pulled work of art. Count through the weeks of the year using a rotating laser-cut wooden arrow, knowing also that you're only one of 75 people to have such a unique piece.
The year is split into weeks, months and seasons, portrayed by some of our favourite British garden birds: a Great Tit for spring, Goldfinch for summer, Blackbird for autumn and our trusty Robin for winter.
Priced at £55 | Buy the calendar
Mr Cup, aka Fabien Barral, has created limited edition, hand numbered letterpress calendars for the past seven years, and the one for 2019 is set to be just as stunning, with two versions – one with black paper with gold hot foil, and a deluxe edition on gold paper, with gold foil and black foil printing.
Each month of the 2019 edition will feature motivational words of wisdom for creatives, designed by typographers and graphic designers including Nick Misani, Ginger Monke (Tom Lane), Dan Grett, Peter Voth, Kelsy Stromski, Christian Watson 1924.us, Tuyet Duyet, Reno Orange. The front cover, with its vintage-style typography and beautiful embossed effect, is designed by Mr Cup himself.
Starting from €39 | Buy the calendar
Over the next 12 months, as the Earth turns around the sun 365 times, we will encounter over 31 million seconds – each one a unique opportunity to locate ourselves in the present moment.
The Timeless Calendar empowers us to embrace this insight with a dozen visual meditations made up of optical illusions, twisted geometry, and impossible isometrics, all inspired by some of the world's greatest thinkers. Brought to you by the talented folk at Relative Goods.
Priced at $22 | Buy the calendar
Inkello has released its tenth annual pocket-sized Matchbook Calendar for 2019. This year's design features nineteen undulating lines which form intersecting arcs. Lovingly handprinted on a vintage letterpress with your choice of a baby blue, light pink, mint green, or grey cover. Pages are perforated at the bottom to easily tear out each passing month.
Priced at $9 | Buy the calendar
The graphic designers behind Populäre Produkte have released their beautifully simple wall calendar for 2019 to remind you of the really important things in life. It comes with 100 Post-it notes, each with a hole to mark and label single days throughout the year. The number of reminders and notes will grow over the year and turn the wall calendar into a great, stylish and individual wall object. You can choose to hang it in portrait format or in landscape. Carbon neutrally printed on recycled paper and packed in wrapping tissue in a cardboard tube.
Priced at €20 | Buy the calendar
DodeCal is a wooden polyhedra calendar, designed with mathematical precision, hand-finished in high-quality English Oak. A tactile, three-dimensional object that combines functionality and contemporary design, it makes a welcome addition to any desk.
It started out as a quick idea scribbled in a notebook, after many prototypes, samples and trials – and resulted in a partnership between three people all with very individual skill sets. DodeCal is designed in London and manufactured deep in the hills of the Lake District, with timber sourced from from sustainably managed forests from across the world.
Priced at £79 | Buy the calendar
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