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TOKYO, student organization of the Aalto University School of Art and Design

Quantity Produced


Production Cost

€10,300 (US$14,600)

Production Time

3 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

A6: 105 mm (4.13 in) × 148 mm (5.82 in)

Page Count


Paper Stock

Uncoated Cocoon Offset 90 g/m2 and 200 g/m2, 100% recycled

Number of Colors

2 spot inks, Neon pink PMS 805 U and black



Open-bound sandwich


Geogrotesque (Eduardo Manso, Emtype Foundry)


Personally, in this day and age, I don’t care much for printed calendars. One more thing to carry around, often with limited space and no recurring appointments with a single click. But — and this is a big but — a calendar like this one would make me reconsider my ways. At least I could use it for birthdays or something, a little treasure to keep close.

The TOKYO Design calendar is annually chosen through a design competition within the Aalto University School of Art and Design. Our approach was to make this calendar as functional, beautiful and innovative as possible. With an open sandwich-bound spine the calendar spreads fully and maintains exceptional usability. The hard covers ensure that this beautiful construction is also strong. We chose the materials with the environment in mind: the pages are printed on 100% recycled paper. Both the inside and the cover are uncoated.

This kind of binding is rarely seen, so the most important step in the calendar’s production was to find an ambitious printer with good contacts. Fortunately, we found one very early on which gave us the opportunity to focus on the actual insides of the calendar.

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TOKYO Design Calendar


Production Method



Safa Hovinen and Pauliina Nykänen



Printing: ArtPrint
Binding: Finnreklama

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

September 6, 2011


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