As depressing as it is, people are already starting to talk and think about Christmas. After all, the August Bank Holiday is long past and the festive season will be upon us before you can say “No, I don’t want another mince pie, thanks!” That, in turn, means that the New Year isn’t far off, either. Just you wait: soon after reading this, you’ll probably get your first appointment for 2016.
That’s when you reach for your calendar and… oh, what’s this? No calendar for 2016 yet? At SAXOPRINT, we see a big spike in calendar orders around this time, as people start to realise they need new ones. You might think that online scheduling solutions mean that calendars are slowly disappearing from workplaces and homes, but if anything, people are using them more.
It’s all very well having a calendar on your mobile phone, for example, until you try to arrange an appointment while speaking to someone and need to tell them to hold on while you flip to the digital planner. That’s why lots of professionals still use desk calendars or pocket calendars, just to keep themselves orientated while making appointments on the phone.
We are, as a society, still ruled by calendars and their vagaries (when is Easter, again?). That’s why many office organisers still use wall-mounted annual planners, as a large-scale overview of the year they can be a key visualisation aid when discussing everything from sales initiatives to holiday entitlements. Schools and educational institutions, too, need well-designed, up-to-date calendars to display their academic years. In the home, wall calendars remain popular for keeping track of what various members of the household have planned – and as attractive visual decorations featuring everything from mementos of holidays gone by to half-naked firemen…
So in view of the versatile role of calendars, we’ve gone through and taken a look at some of the best calendar designs for 2016 to provide you with inspiration and orientation if you are designing your own. Whether it’s a fun, jokey calendar for home use or a precision tool for organising the takeover of the world (or just an office), we’re sure you’ll enjoy looking at this diverse range. There’s everything from a music and graphics-themed retro wall calendar through to a colour-coded, thick card organiser for executive desks.