Designed Oscar Diaz, the "Ink Calendar" is made out of paper and slowly adsorbs ink. As the ink is adsorbed, the numbers in the calendar are “printed” daily.
According to Diaz's website:
“Ink Calendar” make use the timed pace of the ink spreading on the paper to indicate time. The ink is absorbed slowly, and the numbers in the calendar are “printed” daily. One a day, they are filled with ink until the end of the month. A calendar self-updated, which enhances the perception of time passing and not only signaling it.Like all great designs, this calendar was a prototype made for an exhibition. Too bad. I'd be all over this thing.
The ink colors are based on a spectrum, which relate to a “color temperature scale”, each month having a color related to our perception of the whether on that month. The colors range from dark blue in December to, three shades of green in spring or oranges, red in the summer. The scale for measuring the “color temperature” that I have used is a standard called ‘D65’ and corresponds roughly to a midday sun in Western / Northern Europe.