It’s that time of the year when I wax on about how much Whitney English’s Day Designer has changed my workflow and basically my life. I’m on my third year for 2015, and can honestly say I’ve never felt like my time is being used more efficiently or that I’ve been more organized. (And trust me, those are no small words.)
I’ve been using a paper planner since I was in high school, so I’ve seen my share of layouts and designs. And what I love most about the Day Designer is that Whitney was looking for a better way to manage her days and created a solution instead of waiting for something perfect to come along. There are a few pieces that won’t be a fit for every user, like the business planning section in the front and a few sections on each daily page, but they’re easy to overlook if you don’t need them.
That said, the Day Designer is brilliantly put together for the small business owner and freelancer. My favorite element is the split day schedule of an hourly timeline and a checklist. I also highly rely on the Due block at the top of each page and the big picture monthly calendar that starts each section for trip and project planning.
I just finished flipping through 2014 and can’t believe everything that I somehow managed to accomplish. I can hardly wait to see what’s in store for the new year!
Watercolour Birthstone Calendar 2015 by Squirrelly Minds Paper //
The Great Gentlemen Calendar 2015 by Mr. Pike // Dogs of the Year 2015 Calendar by Charlotte Farmer //
2015 Literary Calendar by Obvious State
Twenty Fifteen Calendar (download) by Cocorina // The ‘Be List’ 2015 Calendar by fig. 2 design //
2015 Stones Wall Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop // 2015 Astrology Wall Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop
I can hardly believe that it’s time to start thinking about 2015 and where I’ll keep track of my year. Wasn’t it just 1998? (Yeah, I’m dating myself here for sure.) Every week from now through the holidays we’ll be sharing a dozen calendars worthy of marking your days and keeping your life in order. Stayed tuned for a separate post series on planners, too!
2015 Gift Wrap Calendar by Linda & Harriett // 2015 Honey Bee Wall Calendar by Rifle Paper Co. //
Universal Spirit 2015 Wall Calendar by Reverend Michael Alan // Cities by Rooftop 2015 Calendar
by Idlewild Co.
01/ Look no further for a unique Halloween costume than The House That Lars Built.
02/ Good news, the NYC Taxi Driver Pin-Up Calendar is back!
03/ Jacqueline Fink is a master of even the largest of knits.
04/ Seattle’s Boxes of Death exhibit is in its fifth year.
05/ Fantastic tape graffiti by Gustavo Fuentes.
06/ Modern city maps drawn in the style of Tolkien.
07/ Florian Purcher turns aerial photos into plush carpeting.
08/ Loving the simple design behind this origami-based umbrella on Kickstarter.
09/ The Wondrous Water Towers of New York City in graphic form.
10/ Yoga Joes are classic green army men figures doing yoga.
This week on Design Crush:
Eight of my favorite art prints for October.
Tiro Tiro’s Cercis collection is all brass and linen loveliness.
Ass kicking reminders from Department of Motivation.
A reading nook reimagined for the cool, cozy days of fall.
Colorful illustrations from Gill Chantler.
Clothing tells the tales of our lives in Worn Stories.
Which pair of David Kind frames should I go with? Rock the vote.
Portable speaker goodness in the palm of your hand with ROCKI.
Click on each image to go to the project.
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