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It’s one gift guaranteed to last a year. Natalie Spencer looks at how 1999’s calendars aim to keep people entertained from month to month.

The Good News Press invited six design groups to create a desk calendar. Here is a selection of three:

Soft focus photography and clearly set out numerals and text run throughout Finlayson Design’s calendar for 1999 (top right). The calendar suggests design brings ideas alive and clarifies communication. Finlayson Design use enduring passions as a theme for the calendar.

Design: Finlayson Design

Print: The Good News Press

Paper: Mason’s Paper supplied Tullis Russell’s Advocate Bright White Wove, 250gsm

Communiqué Creative chose a time theme to fit in with the year 2000 (below right). January’s subject is a microsecond. Other months feature one hour, one century and one millennium.

Design: Communiqué Creative

Print: The Good News Press

Paper: Mason’s Paper supplied Arjo Wiggins Coated Papers, Satimatt, 300gsm

The theme for the Zero 2 Design calendar hinges on a relevant day in each month. A combination of recent project images create a pun on the word day.

Design: Zero 2 Design

Print: The Good News Press

Paper: Mason’s Paper supplied Arjo Wiggins Coated Papers, Satimatt, 250gsm

Images for this calendar are taken from linocuts of the East Anglian coastline and cropped into interesting compositions to fit the portrait format. Silk Pearce introduced the theme of seagulls to provide continuity from page to page. Scenes of Aldeburgh Beach and West Mersea feature in the calendar.

Design: Silk Pearce

Print: Alderman Print

Illustrations: James Dodds

Paper: Arjo Wiggins’ high-speed Oyster, 200 microns

As befits the final calendar before 2000, ‘last’ is the theme for the original and witty drawings by 12 illustrators produced by Smithfield Design. The illustrators interpreted well-known sayings, such as ‘a last request’ and ‘the last straw’.

Design: Smithfield Design

Print: Fulmar Colour

Illustrators’ agent: Heart

Paper: Robert Horne Paperlink supplied Printocart 630 microns for backing boards, Huntsman Real Silk, 170gsm for inside

The Highlight Digital Imagery & Print calendar uses photography shot only in the dark. Various print techniques enhance each image to intensify the theme of a world of darkness.

Design: The Chase

Print: Highlight Digital Imagery & Print

Photography: Dave Walker

Paper: Modo Graphic Silk, 250gsm

A highly commended calendar at the 1999 National Business Calendar Awards, Virgin Atlantic calendar’s theme is First for Innovation.

Design: Start Design

Print: Inkslinger

Photography: Cliff Dodd

Paper: Muirfield Art from Classic Papers, 300gms

The theme for this year’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital calendar is based on proverbs that have been distorted through Chinese Whispers. Each proverb is accompanied by a humorous illustration.

Design: SCG London

Print: Augustus Martin

Illustrators’ agent: New Division

Paper: Curtis Fine Papers’ Retreeve Smooth Brilliant, 150gsm and 280gsm

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