I have an intense love affair with stationery. I love my work desk piled high with pretty journals, colourful pens and gorgeous sticky notes. I truly believe that the beautiful artwork and colour palettes boost your mood, creativity and productivity. When it comes to organising my week, I go ‘old-school’ – pen on beautiful paper. Sure, there are a lot of apps out there that are super-efficient and user-friendly, and I am constantly encouraged to go digital. But there is just something about sitting down at the start of the day and taking a quiet and reflective 15 minutes to write out what you want to achieve. So, for those of you who love the idea of an old-school planner, read on for some of our favourites from Indian artists and stationery labels.
Bangalore-based artist Alicia Souza started out as an illustrator for corporates but now her doodles have found their way on everything from stationery and crafting accessories to apparel and footwear to home décor. For the past couple of years, she has created wonderful planners, desk calendars and wall calendars. The Ultimate Planner for 2020 comes with everything you could possibly need – a monthly calendar at the start of each month, enough space to jot down what you need to do for each day, a bookmark, pen holder, pocket to hold notes, beautifully illustrated planner stickers, meal planner and habit tracker pages, and even a period tracker for the girls. The ‘A Year of Cheer’ mini pocket planner is the perfect size for slipping into your bag with enough room to jot down important events and ideas.
Odd Giraffe’s designs are all about bringing joy and optimism to your day. The Bombay-based label designs some of the most vibrant phone cases, desk accessories, notebooks, journals and notepads. Their 2020 planner collection comes in two sizes – classic and large. Both hardcover designs come with amusing stickers and adorable artwork, month and week views, holiday lists, a notes section and back pockets. With cover designs like fun florals, popping solids and sedate checks, there is something to suit everyone.
Artist and founder Vidhi Khandelwal, is a botanical painter, hand letterer, textile designer and freelance illustrator. Her calming, hand-painted illustrations are inspired by the beauty of nature and its creations. Through her stationery and lifestyle label, The Ink Bucket, she brings a thread of happiness and beauty into our daily lives. The planner and calendar collection includes stunningly illustrated wall and desk calendars as well as dated and undated planners in various botanical designs.
Backed by a love for design and typography, co-founders Vishakha and Jatin started Type7, a stationery and home décor label that creates beautiful artwork for your homes and desks. Their spiral-bound planner collection comes in four pretty designs with month views and undated daily pages. With just a touch of flair, the functional and no-frills planners are designed “with goal-oriented users in mind” and are perfect for those who want something sleek and creative.
Invitations, money envelopes and notecards, notebooks and notepads, personalised calling cards and letter sheets, envelope stickers, gift and luggage tags, as well as personalised cards for every occasion imaginable – Paper Design Co has it all. They even offer a collection of Junior stationery that can be personalised and designed specifically for your little ones. With their 2020 planner collection they offer sophisticated designs, some with a touch of gold foil, that range from soft solids to understated florals and dignified abstracts. With two days to a page and monthly calendars, the page designs are to-the-point and elegant.
Stationery label Artchetype Studio “seeks to add a shade of colour, spots of design and oodles of enthusiasm and freshness to neglected items which we spend hours with”. And boy, have they done that! Just take a look at their incredibly creative offerings that bring oodles of cheer to your workday. Their four planner cover designs – Classic, Work it, Blushing blooms and Cubo – come in variants to suit all needs namely spiral bound, binder clip as well as mini and medium hardbound. These are perfect, whether you are looking for a compact organiser or a tome for all your planner needs.