Choosing a diary for the year ahead is always tough. Do you want a day to a page or a week to view? Do you need a space to write your goals for the week? Or maybe a little spot for a to-do list? Or maybe you don’t work a regular 9am – 5pm and need a little more?
For those working in creative industries juggling multiple jobs while creating work, managing grants and applying for new ones, things can get a little tricky and a traditional diary often won’t cut it. Enter Sydney based start-up each day designed who have developed the ultimate diary for those working in creative industries.
We caught up with Founder and Creative Director of each day designed Elle Evangelista to find out more about what drove her to create a new diary. Elle is an independent contemporary dancer juggling multiple dance jobs who also regularly contributes to online dance magazine Dance Informa. Like most start-ups the idea came from a need she couldn’t fulfill in her own life: after struggling to find a diary that could accommodate all the jobs she managed as a creative she decided to create one herself.
‘I needed one item that could be a diary and journal in one and didn’t define how long each day was as my day is outside the traditional 9‒5,’ she explained to us. ‘I knew I wasn’t the only one who needed this and decided to make it happen.’
The diary has got planning pages, national funding reminders, major performing arts festival reminders, facts from the Australian Council for the Arts, an invoice tracker, a weekly to-do list and over sixty blank grid and dotted pages ready for all your doodling and ideas.
It’s not easy starting a business, but having had so many dancers, art administrators and teachers working in the arts already jump on board and praise the product indicates Elle has tapped into a gap in the market. ‘Receiving feedback from other creatives that this is a product they need and would use has been so reassuring,’ she confirms.
Another feature of the diary we love is the inclusion of January 26 as Survival Day, and the acknowledgement of NAIDOC week, Reconciliation Week and Mabo Day. ‘It is part of our industry to give credits and acknowledgements where necessary and dating January 26 as Survival Day in our diary is a reflection of that,’ explains Elle. ‘Choosing to print Survival Day on January 26 is my commitment to standing in solidarity with my loved ones who are Indigenous and make valuable contributions to creative industries.’
The diary also marks Mardi Gras, International Day of People with a Disability, International Women’s Day and R U OK? Day.
So what are you waiting for? If you are a creative working in Australia, make your 2018 easier with a diary that will help streamline and enhance your practice all while being as practical as it is beautiful.
The lovely folks at eachdaydesigned are offering Leiden Readers a special discount. Use the code word LEIDEN10 for a 10% discount
each day designed was proudly designed on Gadigal land which was, is and always will be Aboriginal land