Sick of switching your wall calendar with each month that passes, and replacing it entirely every year? This sliding version is so simple you have to wonder why it is not in every home already. “Forebruary” by Ilya Birman is a minimalist calendar with one of the coolest and most intuitive twists we’ve ever seen.
There is a live demonstration version on designer Ilya Birman‘s site, so you can (and should) play with it yourself and see how it works, but to put it simply: you can slide a secondary moving panel back and forth over the layout of numbers to accommodate the changes in start dates with each month, for any month, of any year.
With weekends highlighted in red, there is no need to even put days of the week in letters, making this a language-independent design. The catch? Not every month has 31 days, so you will need to keep track and switch accordingly – whether this is a fatal flaw or a version-one bug remains to be seen. It’s kind of easy to forget, when you’re in the middle of other things and take a glance at the calendar, that you’re in one of those shortened months we remember with the old “thirty days hath September…” song. But maybe a simple tweak could take care of that problem, too.
Would you hang one of these simple adjustable wall calendars in your home or office to keep track of the passing days, or do you prefer the constantly changing imagery, pre-set dates and holiday labels of a more standard option?
Ilya Berman is a a product and information designer who, in his own words, makes “websites and apps, transport diagrams and signage, direct designers and developers, teach design, compose, play and listen to music, travel and take photos.”