Digital Media

The Circular Calendar by Sören Lachnit.

Since it is a whopping 12 degrees outside, with a windchill of about zero I am longing for spring. Unfortunately it’s still more than two months away. That doesn’t mean that I can’t get ready for the Vernal Equinox with a little bit of well designed flair.

Designed by Sören Lachnit, this single sheet wall calendar calculates the number of hours of daylight at 50°, 40°, and 30° north of the equator. It marks the seasonal changes, and uses rings to mark weekdays, months, weeks, lunar and solar phases, and leaves room for jotting down notes, should you decide you want to write on this stunning visual piece.

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The clean simple, minimalist design is printed on silk finish paper at 33.11  x 46.81 inches. It’s a great example of international design style, with clean typography and a two color layout. I like how it breaks from the design norm and engages the viewer with it’s circular form.

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My Company Missed the Boat.

I’m going to break some of my own blog rules. I am going to rant a bit about work. I’m going to do some minor self promotion of my own design ideas, and I am going to say the company I work for missed the boat. (I’m not going to mention them by name)

I work for a company that makes the majority of its profit from ink on paper printed materials. Like most industries that use physical mail services, the art of actually writing with a pen or pencil, envelopes, stamps, etc. they have felt the impact of email, digital connectivity, and the shift to a more paperless society.

This item has been popping up around the internet for about 3 days. Pretty much every design blog and site has piggybacked off each others posts for a number of reasons, the primary one being that this is a really solid piece of design work. Clever, and unique, drawing old world forms of communication, and new technologies together.

It’s relevant to me, because over a year ago I proposed a similar idea, centered not around Google, but around Twitter, and it was dismissed as impractical and having no relevance for our target audience. So I am a little torn here. Do I post about something that I feel would have been a smart move on my companies behalf, or do I just post this item and say, “Hey look, this concept is going viral on thee web, and we could have had something just as cool in the market place 6 months ago.”

I’ll stick with the latter. While my wise crack about what we could have done might get me in hot water at the office, posting visuals of my concept definitely would. None the less Google Envelopes is an awesome idea.

Designed by Rahul Mahtani & Yofred Moik from the Industrial Design program at Syracuse University, Google Envelopes allow some one to map the course  the mail, and how it can tell a story. All of this is linked back to Gmail itself tying snail mail and email directly together. This is just a concept, but a powerful one that people can immediately understand. I hope Google is smart enough to actually produce this, because I really think it has serious possibilities.

Now if anyone from my office actually reads this post and is interested in seeing the concept and mock-ups that I finished over a year ago, shoot me an email. I’ll send you the PDF file.  And  another thought, if these kids have graduated, we should hire them. They’re smart, and talented.