Spanish designer Oscar Diaz has designed a calendar that uses the capillary action of ink spreading across paper to display the date. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.
Each month, a bottle of coloured ink spreads across a sheet of paper embossed with numbers, colouring them in as it goes.
Ink Calendar will be exhibited at an exhibition called Sueños de un Grifo - Diseño con Alma de Agua that opens at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid today.
See also our story about the Dramprom light by Roger Arquer that appears in the same exhibition.
Here's some info from Diaz:
TITLE : INK CALENDAR
DESIGNER: Oscar Diaz ( http://www.oscar-diaz.net)
DIMENSIONS: 420 X 595 mm
MATERIALS: Paper and ink.
Ink Calendar make use of 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. The calendar enhances the perception of time passing and not only signaling it. The aim of the project is to address our senses, rather than the logical and conscious brain.
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 weather on that month. The colors range from dark blue in December to three shades of green in spring or orange and red in the summer.
Ink Calendar is shown as part of SUEÑOS DE UN GRIFO.
Diseño con alma de agua at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
Curated by Hector Serrano (http://www.hectorserrano.com) and Javier Esteban, the exhibition explores the role that objects may have in our dialogue with water from different points of view.
On view until October 11, 2009, the exhibition has been organized by ddi (Sociedad Estatal para el Desarrollo del Diseño y la Innovación, and Círculo de Bellas Artes ( http://www.circulobellasartes.com) in Madrid, where is being held.
When: 17 July – 11 October 2009
Where: Sala Juana Mordó, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (Spain)