"Ink Calendar" by Oscar Diaz

Friday, July 24, 2009

Now this is just genius!!! An ink calendar by Spanish product designer Oscar Diaz which presents you with an alternative perception of time. Yup yup, this simply remarkable calendar dyes a complete number per day! Unfortunately, the only way to view this in person requires a trip to Madrid, but if you are in the neighborhood then visit Sala Juana Mordó, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (Spain) where it's being displayed until October 11, 2009. More from the designer's website below... Aplausos!


"Ink Calendar" make use the timed pace of the ink spreading on the paper to indicate time.

The ink is absorbed slowly, and the numbers in the calendar are "printed" daily. One a day, they are filled with ink until the end of the month. A calendar self-updated, which enhances the perception of time passing and not only signaling it.

The ink colors are based on a spectrum, which relate to a “color temperature scale”, each month having a color related to our perception of the whether on that month. The colors range from dark blue in December to, three shades of green in spring or oranges, red in the summer.

The scale for measuring the “color temperature” that I have used is a standard called ‘D65’ and corresponds roughly to a midday sun in Western / Northern Europe.

The "Ink Calendar" was developed for “Gradual “, an exhibition featuring works, which were evolving during the exhibition time at the London Design Festival 2007.

Production: Self-production.
Specs: Ink on paper, various dimensions.
Exhibitions: "Gradual" 5, Crownwell Place, London Design Festival, 2007.

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