Ink Calendar: paper that uses capillary action to fill in one day's number at a time


Oscar Diaz's Ink Calendar uses capillary action to suck ink across the numbers embossed on the page, one day at a time, gradually coloring itself in over the month. So cool.

Ink Calendar by Oscar Diaz (via Cribcandy)

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  1. How much error builds up over the course of a month? I’d be very surprised if the number 30 is actually filled in on the 30th day, instead of the 29th or the 31st.

  2. Changing humidity could change the clock, I’d think. Adjust it with a hair dryer or a breath of humid air?

  3. “This would so not work.

    Thank god artists and engineers are different people.”

    Thank god you’re neither, eh? At least, one hope not. Artists and engineers have to occasionally create new ideas and you seem more like the type to bash them. Ho hum.

  4. the reason there is no 0 on the first one is because the line that is there takes a day for the ink to travel across. you see all the numbers have equal area for the ink to go on, the first day doesn’t have a 0 because the line that starts it off already takes up that much space.

  5. Artists and engineers not the same? Leonardo Davinci would vehemently disagree were he alive today.

  6. As an engineer with an appreciation for art, I am impressed. Were form meets function and captures the imagination we find inspiration.

  7. It is quite probable that this will work. For starters if the ink has an oil base it wont likely dry out. It looks to work like an extended version of Dyeing flowers…which works. Also depends on the soluble properties of the paper. There are many things in the world that work despite the logic or ‘easy fix’ understanding. The helicopter in and of it’s self is a mechanical disaster but it works all the same. Natural things such as the bumble be…an example of nature defying physics. Don’t let your small minds be so closed to the grand possibilities of this world. There is more out there than can be understood, yet it exists in spite of it all.

  8. Well, I guess the majority of you are just perfection, aren’t you?

    How pretentious can you be to assume that because it may not be 100% accurate that it is nonviable?

  9. i want that soooooo bad. it looks really cool. and i think the 0 in front of the 1 is just to take up time for the ink to get to the next number

  10. Thank god artists and engineers are different people.

    As an artist, I wholeheartedly agree.

  11. Da Vinci was an artist and an engineer. Just a little FYI to go with your previous serving of ignorance.

  12. “Natural things such as the bumble be[sic]…an example of nature defying physics. ”

    Actually more an example of the arrogance of physicists – if you calculate something, and your calculations show that it cannot happen, when it clearly does, this probably means your calculations were incorrect, not that what’s happening is defying the natural rules.

    Though I do like the fact that physicists are so arrogant they just assume they are right and nature is wrong.

    (I study physics – so this isn’t a bashing!)

    Other than that, a really neat idea, and maybe making it would be feasible, if it were put in a box or something similar, where the humidity couldn’t change.

  13. Jeez… I’ve never read so many snarky comments regarding an IDEA. It is an idea people. Where would we be if people; artists and engineers alike, didn’t sprout ideas, experiment with them or share them with the world? The world is full of possibilities and I think it’s great that some people are proactive in taking an idea and doing something with it, rather than sitting on their arse and mocking those who do.

  14. “Actually more an example of the arrogance of physicists – if you calculate something, and your calculations show that it cannot happen, when it clearly does, this probably means your calculations were incorrect, not that what’s happening is defying the natural rules.”

    The point, I think, being that we DO miscalculate, and very often – if our conscious efforts are fallible, then how much can we trust our intuition to determine that it would be impossible for this calender to work?

  15. That’s pretty darned cool! If they made a working one, I’d be all over it. As for everyone and their bumblebee comments, bumblebees and flies, and hummingbirds, do not defy the laws of physics. The motion was just never studied, which it has been now.

  16. Why is everyone bitching about this? its a cool idea. it looks awesome. I work with paper and inks for ricoh ibm and i can honestly tell you if you mixed the right ink with the right paper its very possible that this would work. Stop complaining and enjoy a piece of art.

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