Welcome to Mars... here's your calendar.
The prompt for this project was 'make something simple complicated'. I chose to look at the functional piece of everyday design that is the calendar. I decided to complicate my calendar by combining our current Gregorian calendar with a calendar for Mars based on the Utopian Calendar for the mir (Martian year) 219. To provide context to the piece I chose to imagine it as part of a welcome pack produced by the Martian Settlement Scheme which relocates people from an over populated Earth to the newly inhabited Mars.
The calendar is reusable to reflect the limited resources that would be available during the initial colonisation of Mars, and takes advantage of the Utopian Calendar being a perpetual calendar system (the dates and days of the month are the same each year). To include the corresponding Earth dates alongside it, a roll of paper tape printed with the Earth dates is provided to be taped in the allotted column. This can be removed each mir and updated with the current dates.