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The Calendar Made of Matches

— November 18, 2008 — Art & Design
I find this calendar made of matches, invented by Yurko Gutsulyak, very interesting.

Each month of these quirky match calendars is represented by one page of the book, and each individual match represents one day.

I believe that the symbolism of this quaint calendar is very simple and quite clear: burn a candle which represents a day, and that day is gone for ever.

Implications - The tradition of using calenders and agendas may appear to be long gone, but certain designers are bringing it back with a contemporary artistic appeal. This style provides consumers with an alternative to technology and it's a welcoming aspect that avoids the complexity of high-tech products.
Trend Themes
1. Quirky Match Calendars - Opportunity to create a line of unique calendars that appeal to consumers seeking an alternative to technology.
2. Contemporary Artistic Appeal - Opportunity to design products that merge functionality with artistic expression for a more visually appealing user experience.
3. Return to Tradition - Opportunity to reintroduce traditional methods of organization, such as calendars, that offer a simpler alternative to high-tech products.
Industry Implications
1. Stationery and Office Supplies - Opportunity for manufacturers to produce unique and artistic calendars that cater to consumers seeking traditional organizational methods.
2. Home Decor - Opportunity for home decor retailers to offer unique and visually appealing calendars as decorative pieces that merge functionality with art.
3. Gift and Novelty - Opportunity for gift and novelty retailers to offer quirky match calendars as unique and creative gift options for consumers seeking alternative forms of organization.
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