The days ahead

In a similar vein to our Christmas creative posts last year, we bring you some of our favourite 2011 calendars that design consultancies have created both for clients and themselves.

A lot of consultancies have opted for illustrations for their 2011 calendars, including offerings from Fonda, with help from NB Illustration, and Airside.

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Illustrations from Airside’s calendar
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Illustrations from Airside’s calendar

CIA commissioned a number of its illustrators to come up with an image to fit the theme ‘What if….’. Each week of the year is illustrated by a different imaginative image, such as this week in July by Martin Haake, inspired by the thought ‘what if I were a lion?’

CIA’s calendar What If?

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CIA calendar by Good Wives

Lee Hasler
CIA calendar by Lee Hasler

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CIA calendar by Martin Haake

Paul Wearing
CIA calendar by Paul Wearing

Each month from Music’s calendar can be removed and used as a greetings card, complete with envelope. Music partner Matthew Beardsell explains, ‘The calendar stems from an idea to celebrate the 12 members of our team, and any foibles that they may have.

Music's 2011 calendar
Music’s 2011 calendar

‘According to my colleagues, I am “the leatherman” in reference to a multitool I keep in my desk.  I’m not sure I agree with this rather broad stroke generalisation, and I should point out that although it was supplied with a useful leather case, I have never, repeat never, worn it on my belt.‘

Popular went strait to the heart through the stomach with its one sheet wall calendar which documents 12 months of fast food – some more appetising than others. Photography by David Ryle.

Popular’s fast food calendar

Ded Associates was commissioned by The Fuji Printing Company in Japan to create an illustration for their forthcoming 2011 calendar. The scene depicts a strange festival from Whittlesey, Peterborough where a straw bear is burnt in mid January.

Ded depicts the UK’s straw bear festival

My personal favourite is The Chase’s calendar for the BBC Wildlife Fund, which features a different endangered animal every day. The idea plays on the act of crossing out each day of a calendar, as by doing to you a showing how easily each animal could die out. The calendar is held together with a cross of red ribbon, reflecting this idea.

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The Chase’s calendar for BBC Wildlife Fund

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A close-up of The Chase’s calendar for BBC Wildlife Fund

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  • Ian Mumford November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I take my hat off to The Chase for their calendar… simple and effective but makes its point so well. Little stroke of genius.

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