Lego blocks are a fond nostalgic memory for all. When we were young, we would head to the Lego box and make the most complicated structures of the tiny fingers. And even more thrilling than the Lego blocks themselves were the Lego people: the yellow skinned, stiff-legged figures became either gymnasts or mad scientists, depending where you imagination leads. And now, despite the fact that we are well into our adulthood, there may be a legitimate reason to play with them again: Legos could be the next step after Google Calendar, to help people organize their time into manageable, bite-sized chunks.
The staff at Vitamins, a design studio in London, had an organizational problem that plagues most small firms: keeping track of various projects in both offline and online modes. Vitamins needed both a physical calendar that everyone in the office could refer to, as well as an online version available to the team members on the go. After taking inventory on how everyone in the office kept up with their daily tasks, a brilliant idea materialized: a Lego calendar that automatically converts to Google calendar when a Smartphone takes a picture.
The calendar's design is simple in nature and beautiful in excecution. A series of Lego boards are arranged in columns, on each of which rests multicolored Lego blocks that snap on and off. Each Lego board represents a month, each column a day, and each block that attaches itself represents half a day. Each team member is assigned a color of blocks, so a mere glance of the calendar tells you who is doing what on which day for up to three months in advance. To make the desing more endearing, each member of the team is also assigned a personalized Lego avatar. If you need to make the calendar mobile, it can be done in a snap: just take a picture on your iPhone or Android, and specially designed software developed by Vitamins' designers transposes the blocks and positioning to a Google calendar that can be shared, revised, and updated.
Vitamins plans to release their Lego-Google Calendar software so that other companies can tinker with this system. We're hopeful that this idea will catch on, especially with small companies and startups, but only time will tell (Wired).
Below is a video describing Vitamin's Lego Calendar: