2016 Calendars: Set, Plan and Achieve

Every new year represents a fresh start and a shift in perspective. It’s an infamous time for establishing well-intentioned resolutions and lofty goals that sometimes come to fruition. Maintain your goals by jotting down deadlines onto a calendar. Neglecting to have a time strategy in place increases the risk of tasks and goals slipping through the cracks. It doesn’t matter what type of calendar you use. It could be digital, it could be paper. As long as it is used regularly and often.

We selected some of our favorite calendars that either inspire design ideas, offer witty graphic design quotes, or provide intelligent marketing tips to meet your design business objectives. Take a gander at them to see what might be useful to you.

9 Helpful and Inspiring Calendars for Graphic Designers:

CMYK Color Swatch Calendar

by OUI R Creative Studio

For all of you color fans out there, the third, international edition of the Color Swatch Calendar comes with 371 new and carefully selected C|M|Y|K colors plus a box to collect all those lovely colors. Learn more about the project here.

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Hand-Lettered Young Adult Book Quote Calendar

by Risa Rodil

This hand-lettered calendar by Risa Rodil for Uppercase Box showcases famous quotes from Young Adult novels and other classics. Learn more about the project here.

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2016 Letterpress Calendar – The Creative Manifesto

Featuring work by Mark Van Leeuwn, Bryan Patrick Todd, Andy Luce, Scott Biersack, Tomasz Biernat, Eric Kass, Joseph Alessio, Salih Kucukaga & Rafael Araujo

Each year, Mr Cup creates an extraordinary letterpress calendar. This year’s is composed of 14 20×14 cm cards printed on 700g french paper.

Check out the Kickstarter page for this project, or find it in the Mr Cup shop.

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The 30 Minutes a Day Marketing Plan for Creative Professionals

Developed the marketing expert and the Partner for HOW Design Live’s new Creative Entrepreneur program, Ilise Benun, this plan gives you solid advice to managing marketing tasks. The goal of this calendar is to help designers find and maintain their ideal clients and grow their business. You may read more about this daily strategy plan here.


MMXVI Calendar

by Swindler & Swindler

This calendar features gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations of fruits and vegetables. Learn more about the project here.

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Just Type 2016 Wall Calendar

Get a closer look at 12 quintessential typefaces with the Just Type 2016 Wall Calendar. Featuring a different font each month, this typography calendar is perfect for any type designer or enthusiast. Each typeface featured includes an overview of its history and development, defining features, and various representations. Whether you consider yourself more of a Bodoni person, or gravitate towards Bauhaus, you’re sure to find a font that catches your eye in this wall calendar. This informative calendar is also available in a weekly engagement calendar format.

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Multicalendar 2016

by Pawel Pilat

This intriguingly detailed calendar includes the seasons, the Gregorian calendar, phases of the moon in the Northern Hemisphere, Zodiac constellations, orbit times for several planets in Earth days, and more. It even glows in the dark! The project is intended to continue for the next 28 years. Learn more about this project here.

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The Animals of Andreas Preis

by Andreas Preis

This gorgeous hand-dawn calendar showcases the illustration work of Andreas Preis. Learn more about the project here.



Quotes on Design 2016 Calendar

Wisdom from Legendary Design Minds and Other Creatives + Design Holidays and 6 Handy Tools

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Who better to create a one-of-a-kind 2016 calendar for graphic designers than your favorite design enthusiasts at HOW + PRINT? This beautiful calendar features 12 graphic design quotes handpicked by the editor of PRINT magazine, on pages designed by PRINT’s art director. Every month, you’ll find some humor in the form of design holidays, some wisdom and inspiration in the form of a design quote, and a handy tool you’ll use again and again.


HOW Design Live 2016 offers the creative inspiration to refuel your passion for your work combined with the practical knowledge you need to achieve and advance in your career. And it’s no surprise that at the largest gathering of creative professionals and designers, you will also have ample opportunity to network with the best and brightest speakers, industry-leading companies and your peers.