24 innovative advent calendar designs

‘Merry Christmas’ by illustrator and typographer Oli Frape www.olifrape.co.ukIf you love letters, then this advent calendar from Type Worship – official blog of 8 Faces magazine – is the one for you. Ranging from short tender messages to videos, photo activities and games. 18. Holiday box advent calendar
Create your own advent calendar with these gorgeous designs from graphic designer Amanda Jane JonesIf you want to have an advent calendar to remember for a little or loved one then this holiday box advent by freelance graphic designer   Amanda Jane Jones for party and lifestyle blog Oh Happy Day   is perfect for you. 10. Google live advent calendar
Warmer… Every day in December, exclusive   illustrated content was behind each door for the 1.2 million people estimated to walk past it. Adjust Your Set were responsible for the brilliant content available throughout the countdown. We particularly liked the Superman and Snowman illustrations but you can check out the whole lot on Bailey’s blog. Ahem.)
Over the years, designers of the have become more and more creative when coming up with concepts for counting down the days till Christmas. The team modified its 3D printer to work with chocolate, then every day in December, a different Moving Brands employee created a new design, which included a skyscraper, dog, champagne cork, and the initials of one designer and his new wife. Each image, which includes a family of bullfinches, bears, a squirrel, owl, and crow, is accompanied by an ongoing Christmas story. 07. Not only is it pretty to look at, hidden amongst the detailed drawing are 25 QR codes, each of which opens a digital door to a little hand drawn festive treat. The theme based on the author’s charming Christmas book Dream Snow. A perfect example of how a simple design can be incredibly stylish and beautiful. warmer… Food-inspired advent calendar
This food-inspired advent calendar forms the shape of both a tree and a tiered cakeThis colourful design was created by food and lifestyle photographer graphic designer Emilie, owner of Griottes palette culinaire blog. Each mini envelope contained gold coins and a small treat for her 3-year-old daughter. It’s a Shape advent calendar
Follow Shape Christmas to get a new illustration delivered to your iThings every day in DecemberEach year, Manchester-based creative and digital design agency Shape ask   ask illustrators, typographers, designers, photographers to help out with interactive advent calendar   ‘Shape Christmas’. 24 Trees advent calendar
Don’t settle for one Christmas tree this year, have lots with this cool, quirky advent designThis brilliant advent calendar design caught our eye so we had to include it in this list. Type Worship
Behind door number two… 08. 19. Organised by typographer and illustrator Jamie Clarke and editor of Type Worship Ryan Gillard,   each design will include a description of the designer’s process and the opportunity to discuss the work on the blog with Gillard. Minimalist advent calendar
We love this simple but elegant advent calendar by designer Sally J. 06. We definitely don’t still get the same excitement as adults. 23. Unfortunately, the calendar is only available to download in France, Germany and Austria – for those that live there, enjoy! 17. Pop-up advent calendar
Author and illustrator Eric Carle is the man behind this beautiful pop-up advent calendarNo chocolates included in this advent, just a lovely mixture of beautiful illustration and 3D pop-up effects created by well known author and illustrator Eric Carle. The doors of the advent calendar will be opened at 4pm each dayThe huge sculpture was built from around 600,000 bricks by Duncan Titchmarsh, the UK’s only certified Lego technician, and was a big draw to the covered market and popular tourist trap. The interactive design allows you to click on numbered draws, which reveals Christmas-themed text in various different fonts and information on that particular typeface. These and the gorgeous, warm colour scheme really captures the feeling and charm of Christmas. 03. After printing numbers on 24 small craft boxes, designer Sally J Shim of Shim Sons secured them to a white linen covered pin board and filled some with treats and others with a gorgeous print detailing a family activity for that day. The detailed drawings included everything from angels,   images from the creche, nutcrackers and mice, St Nicholas and his companions from around the world. Created this year, Kantinkoksi hammered twelve small nails into a plywood board before wiring thin black rubberstring around each to create the triangles. Here are 24 little trees, which can be filled with treats and surprises for the family to open each day from December first through Christmas Eve. hot… Have you seen any brilliant advent calendar designs? To keep up to date with Shape Christmas, register online or follow the event on Twitter. Find out more about the experimental promotion here. BOILING!In December 2011, Google hid prizes behind real doors all over central London. An advent calendar is one of those festive items that really helps you get into the spirit of Christmas. So, last year, she created this advent calendar, which features a different colour for each day and details of recipes and food-related information on the reverse relating to that colour. Standing at nearly two metres, made of brushed aluminium and with windows that open upon touch, the design housed treats, which including a watch,   customisable Porsche Design kitchen and a yacht, naturally. The freebies! 12. 02. Fontdeck advent calendar
Click on the different draws for a font related treat!A couple of years ago, Fontdeck released this brilliant typographic advent calendar, which is still available to view online. 13. ShimUpon first glance, there’s really not a lot to this minimalist advent calendar. 04. Milka

Play Nicely have worked with chocolatiers, Mondelez to design and develop an Augmented Reality app to bring 2014 Milka advent calendar to life. Photo advent calendar
This design doubles as a photo wall as well as an advent calendarSometimes the simplest of ideas can be the best – like this minimalist photo advent calendar by Carrie, founder of lifestyle blog Making Lemonade. 15. Which is your favourite? Using this brilliant illustration by Giedre Domzaite, the Zapper team developed the project so that when a smartphone was pointed at the image, one of the characters would burst into animated life each day in the run up to Christmas. Modern DIY Xmas advent calendar
This modern design is a refreshing take on traditional advent calendarsIf you’re a fan of simple, clean styles with a slight retro edge then you’ll love this design by photographer and designer Riikka Kantinkoski. Google Chrome advent calendar

In 2009, design agency We Are Magenta was commissioned by   Flourish Creative to create a very special Christmas project for Google Chrome. The cabinet also offers lettered draws that can be opened revealing lovely treats in the form of videos, such as the process of creating a letterpress poster. Share them with us in the comments box below. 24. Genius! Magical advent calendar

Rather than stick to traditional advent calendar designs, tech company Zappar has created this free augmented reality one instead. Most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the artwork on this advent calendar is instantly recognisable as Carle’s handiwork. Ginvent calendar
Anyone fancy a little tipple?Spirit manufacturer Drinks by the Dram recently stated on its website, “We love the excitement of advent calendars, but we’ve always longed for something a little more interesting than a small piece of cheap milk chocolate on the other side of each door.” The solution? Cassetti had time to create 25 of these detailed drawings, we’ll never know!Back in 2009, US-based illustrator Q. 11. Genius. when you’re a kid, of course. Simple but incredibly elegant. Then the only thing left to do is fill each one with little gifts and treats. Then, using a smartphone app sent out notifications to users that a clue and picture of the door was ready to view. A simple road runs through a set of houses, created by what looks like cardboard with a matchbox stuck between, which then slides out, acting as a door, to reveal the treat for that day. The 2013 Edition will cost you £99.95, and there is a Craft version available for an extra £10. (Er… The design uses regular brown tags featuring a typeface with a Christmas feel, which covers another tag possessing a personal photo. Cassetti   created a body of work from December 1st to the 25th and posted a new illustration online every day for advent. After you open the door of the real advent calendar – designed by Taxi Studio – you can unlock new digital content from your iOS or Android app. You can find out more about how this calendar was created on Kantinkoksi’s design blog Weekday Carnival. 3D chocolate advent calendar

Everyone loves a chocolate advent calendar, which is why, last year, London-based creative company Moving Brands   boasted that they’d created the ‘the world’s highest resolution 3D printed chocolates’. Porsche advent calendar
Porsche’s 2010 advent calendar housed ‘surprises’ including gold cuff links, the most expensive pair of trainers money can buy and a yachtBack in 2010, Porsche created five of these extravagant advent calendars, one for every continent on which the German car manufacturers do business. The 25 artists collaborating with Shape on the project have now been confirmed although details of who they are are not yet known. The selection of artists chosen represents the full spectrum of typographic disciplines, including; letterpress, drawing, painting, quilling, needlework, type design, logo design and sign writing. 20. The lady who runs craft blog Pink Suede Shoe created this design back in 2010 but the templates are still available to download should you want to give it a go.

Updated: 01.12.2014 — 21:53