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The 2019 DodeCal is a continuation of designer Ric Bell’s wildly successful 2017 iteration of the DodeCal. Over the course of three years, Bell enlisted the help of a toymaker and a carpenter with a PhD in mathematics to create a 12-sided, three dimensional calendar.
Crafting a dodecahedron requires an enormous level of precision. A raw piece of wood is cut with a computerised numerical control machine. Then it is painstakingly, manually rotated on each side. If one of the sides diverges from the plan by even a millimetre, accurately creating the form becomes impossible. A laser-cutter inscribes the dates using a similar process.
The delicate, precise shape of the 2018 DodeCal is a testament to patience and planning. It proposes a way to live in 2018: carefully, meditatively. Pay careful attention to the details of life, and make time aplenty to discover its hidden pleasures.
We know how to spend the perfect day: three good meals, seven glasses of water, eight hours sleep, as much time spent with loved ones as possible. But how do we spend a perfect year?
Our lives are often messy and profoundly complicated — too much so to plan far ahead. A DodeCal doesn’t promise the organisational magic that a more conventional calendar might, but that’s hardly its point. Instead, it serves to remind you of how perfection can be unplanned and unexpected. Time is a lived experience you can take in your hands, rather than days on a calendar.
Above all, though, a DodeCal reminds us that 2019 is a limited resource. Careful, your time starts… now.