There are two types of people in this world: those who still use paper agendas and those who instead rely on apps and technologies.
Maybe I am old but I’m still part of the first group, I love agendas, calendars and planners, I consider them a must have for writing down appointments and to-do lists. In my experience, annotating appointments with paper and pen makes them easier to remember and organize. It seems, in fact, that handwriting helps to stimulate memory, concentration and even creativity.
Agendas can also become personal diaries where to annotate thoughts, notes or list of goals you would like to achieve within the year. In short, the agenda can become something so personal that you will want to keep it over the years.
Since 2019 is about to start, for paper agendas lovers it is almost the time to choose the new planner, with its immaculate pages ready to fill. But how to choose the perfect one? Surely design enthusiasts do not just look at the size and format of the agenda but (perhaps above all) also at its style and design. A combination easy to find in Scandinavia!
I have therefore selected for you five Nordic brands of planners and calendars that I really like. And there is also a good news: you can buy all of them online!
DESIGN LETTERS: is a Danish brand founded in 2009 and its products are already on the wish list of many design lovers. It is characterize by the decoration with letters and numbers inspired by a typography handwritten in 1937 by Arne Jacobsen. Perfect if you like a minimalist yet modern style.
Image credits: Design Letters
KARTOTEK: is a Danish stationery brand that reflects Scandinavian simplicity but with a modern graphic touch, all combined with high quality materials and eco-friendly production methods.
Image credits: Kartotek
DARLING CLEMENTINE: is a Norwegian brand that, among other things, designs planners, calendars and diaries with an essential style but leaving space also for colors and patterns. All products are produced with a special attention to craftsmanship and materials.
Image credits: Darling Clementine
NOTEM: essential and elegant design are the hallmarks of the agendas of this brand born in Copenhagen in 2017. There is also room for colors and for simple patterns like stripes or squares. All products are designed in Denmark and produced with high quality Scandinavian paper.
Image credits: Notem
MONOGRAPH: from the same family as the well-known Danish brand House Doctor, this brand offers monthly planners or annual calendars designed to annotate appointments but also to become a decorative element of offices or studios. Their goal is to create effective solutions to organize work life and also to stimulate creativity.
Image credits: Monograph
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