Robert Alcock is an ecological designer based in northern Spain, where he lives with his partner and two daughters in a small village overlooking a tidal estuary. When not designing calendars he's working on a book about the experience of building a cob house.
Phillip Swartz wrote:I've been wanting to do a wall calendar for the last couple of years but I've been trying to figure out the right design. This one is awfully interesting. I was thinking about doing something more linear but that could be slightly rearranged each year to account for the shifting of the way days are numbered. Ideally I would like something that is semi-permanent and becomes a work of art on the wall that grabs the attention of those who walk by and only needs slight modification or rearranging from year to year.
Maybe using this design one could paint the wall with a base paint or get a piece of slate/chalkboard and then draw the design on their with chalk or other medium that can be removed or changed easily.
Any ideas for improvements or ways to make it more widely known? Mainly I'd just like to see it widely used and to help people to see the year in its natural shape.
Robert Alcock wrote:Hi folks
This is just to let you know that the 2016 calendar's now online, redesigned and now 125% more beautiful!
Robert Alcock wrote:
Rua Lupa, you're into some pretty esoteric stuff there! The objectives for my calendar are more prosaic: "I’m not proposing a new system of organising the year, just an alternative way of visualising it.
We still use basically the same calendrical system introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC, despite reforms having been proposed by everyone from French revolutionaries to the Kodak company. It’s not likely to change in a hurry."
all the best
Rua Lupa wrote:
It isn't esoteric in the least.
Robert Alcock wrote:Len, I love the idea of a calendar based on natural events; but in every location (and for every person, probably) those events would be different, so it's hard to see how you could design a functional calendar on that basis.
I have thought about automatically generating a different calendar for your location, including climate data, day length, festivities, etc... but that's way beyond my capabilities. Perhaps if it
catches on I'll be able to do this in future. Distribution and marketing are non-existent at present, I'm hoping it will catch on by word of mouth..
You could mount the calendar on a piece of board and spin it round by 6.8 degrees each week (or get a motor to do the job for you?) Perhaps. I settle for turning it four times a year!
Len Ovens wrote: "It makes the claim of being "natural" and yet the choice of month length/week length are entirely arbitrary. A natural month is 29 days marked by the time it takes the moon to orbit the earth. In my opinion, a natural calendar would be entirely based on naturally observable events and have little or no need for any paper chart at all. Using natural events also takes the idea of marking the dates off out of someones bright ideas (Caesar?) and puts it beyond human ingenuity as much of nature is."
..."The author's assertion that it should not be based on any religious system is also in error, I think. This person is "Religious" and I think all people are about something even if it is being religiously "nonreligious". To take religion out of the mix would mean not choosing any of the obvious times for the beginning of the year. (Solstice or Equinox)"