2023 Dodo Pad A5 Diary
Lord Dodo is no bird brain
It's ceaselessly astounding what the human mind can come up with.
Every now and then, a truly great mind comes along to change the world. Just think: where would the world be had Isaac Newton not sat down by that apple tree one day and wondered why the apple fell downwards and not upwards, or had Albert Einstein not sat in the streetcar on his way home from work and pondered what would happen to his perception of time if the streetcar moved at the speed of light?
Likewise, in 1965, Lord Dodo (a.k.a. Sir John Verney) asked, "How can endlessly busy people save themselves from extinction due to the pressures of modern life?" His answer gifted the world with something so incredible that we believe he has cemented himself among the most revolutionary thinkers of our time.
The Idodeal daily organiser for the whole family
Lord Dodo, who today is chairman of Dodo Towers, conceived the Dodo Pad as an entertaining weekly planner to help the owner keep track of important dates and deadlines. Each edition of the spiral-bound diary is impossible to lose, thanks to the annually altering brightly coloured cover, and features Lord Dodo's extremely practical grid system, a true innovation of organisation.
Each week is clearly presented as a grid with each daily row divided into five columns. You can assign one column to each family member (with room at the side to 'marginalise' extra family members), or you can split the day into five because, let's face it, a single square is hardly ever enough room for an entire family or even one terribly busy person. By using the Dodo Pad, everyone can stay in sync and in the loop – coordinating family life has never been easier!
We have often wondered what humanity would have suffered through had Lord Dodo never concocted this ingenious invention. Friendships would crumble under the bitterness of forgotten birthdays; family arguments would erupt when parents repeatedly fail to attend their children's music recitals; and, frankly, just thinking about all those accidentally missed dentist appointments is enough to give us a toothache.
Thankfully, the Dodo Pad put an end to all these worries by providing you with a creative way to keep sight of your goals. Never again will you experience the sheer amount of stomach-churning stress that comes upon the sudden realisation that your super-important presentation was actually this Thursday and not next. Phew!
Lord Dodo's dodelightful doodles
As the descendant of a long line of distinguished doodlers, Lord Dodo is positively emphatic about drawing, spending his days scribbling and sketching away as he resides in his drawing room at Dodo Manor. The Dodo Pad has given him a way to put all his daydreaming and doodling to good use. His signature illustrations adorn every page of the Dodo Pad, giving each week a unique theme and allowing the reader a glimpse into his truly remarkable brain. His Lordship's favourite jokes, quotes, brainteasers, and unusual facts and anniversaries can be found throughout each Dodo Pad, and he even honours the Dodo dynasty with historical facts about his eccentric ancestors. Any appreciator of unconventional history and a good joke will feel at home in Lord Dodo's company.
Lord Dod's art may even inspire you to do some doodling of your own, which is why we've left a (mostly) blank space opposite each weekly grid for you to sketch your creations.
This Dodo's far from extinct
Initially starting with just the week-to-view spiral-bound diary, the Dodo Pad range has expanded and evolved throughout its 50-plus-year history to cater to every busy Dodopadler. University or college student with deadlines to keep track of and exams to plan towards? Our Acad-pad is perfect for planning out the academic year, from August to September. Prefer to see the whole month at a glance? Our month-to-view wall calendar is an excellent alternative to the diary. We also have looseleaf versions, Filofax compatible refills, and pocket- and personal-sized planners. Not only that, but Lord Dodo has finally joined the digital age and now produces interactive DigiDodoPads for use on your phone or tablet!
Whichever Dodo Pad product you choose, they all capture the buoyant spirit of Lord Dodo and his hardworking team at Dodo Towers. That's why the front cover of every single diary released, including the very first edition in 1966, proudly reads: "If you too are nearly extinct with the daily pressures of modern life, then try the Dodo Pad". And every back cover, accompanying the picture of a mother and baby Dodo: 'After using your Dodo Pad for a year you may find you're not as extinct as all that!'
So, don't face extinction! The Dodo Pad diary has everything you could ever want and more from a planner. Once you've become a member of the Dodo Pad family, you'll be amazed at how you ever managed to live without one of these infinitely helpful diaries in your home. It's no wonder why so many Dodopadlers are fanatic about our products.
Lord Dodo's ingenious organiser is here in A5 size
Feeling exasperated by a packed schedule with a never-ending To-Dodo list? Struggling to remember all your daily tasks or when Great Aunt Lucinda's 90th birthday party is? Simply put, are you positively fed up with juggling the pressures of modern life?
You're not alone. We've all been there, including Lord Dodo of the Doodle Empire, and that's why he designed the incredible Dodo Pad diary – perhaps the most groundbreaking invention in the world of planners (well, it's at least in the top ten).
The A5 version of the original 2023 Dodo Pad desk diary is a huge hit with our loyal Dodopadlers, and we're sure you'll love it too. With dimensions of 21cm x 14.8cm, this A5 diary is slightly smaller than the original, but it features all the same wonderful doodle-filled content. If you're looking for an introduction to the colourfully illustrated world of Lord Dodo, then this easy-to-carry-around A5 diary may be the ideal place to start.
Plan with precision
This spiral-bound week-to-view diary will help simplify your scheduling throughout the whole calendar year. Its slightly smaller size makes it great for both individual use and sharing with the entire family, and it can easily fit into any bag. Practical and unique, the Dodo Pad is unlike any planner you've ever had before.
What makes Lord Dodo's brainchild so indodispensable? For one thing, it features a week-to-view grid layout to enhance any muddled individual's organisation.
The grid system divides each day of the week into five columns, giving each family member their own column to write in their weekly activities. Because each user can see everyone's plans at a glance throughout the whole week, it's easy for the family to stay in sync. (If you'd like to see an example of the grid layout in action, and get a taste of the joy of Dodo, click here for some sample pages).
Appointments, deadlines, family celebrations, reminders – whatever crops up in family life can be recorded on the Dodo Pad's high-quality, super-absorbent A5 paper so that everyone is on the same page (figuratively and literally). The days of haranguing absent-minded spouses because they forgot yet another anniversary will be long gone, and little Jimmy will never 'accidentally' miss the after-school chess club ever again.
The A5 Dodo Pad isn't just for families. If you're one of the lucky ones who has a particularly frantic schedule morning, noon, and night, you can keep the diary all to yourself and use the columns to split your packed day into five.
But there's more. After all, this is a Dodo product, created by distinguished doodler Lord Dodo himself, and it wouldn't be worthy to carry his lordship's name without his unique and unusual illustrations theming each week, offering a new surprise at every turn of the page. The A5 diary is also filled with fascinating quotes, packed full of puns, and adorned with dodubious historical facts about Lord Dodo's eccentric ancestry to keep you inspired. And when inspiration does hit, each weekly grid has a mostly blank page opposite for you to draw your own magnum opus.
In short, the A5 Dodo Pad has everything a diary needs to prevent you from feeling extinct.
Fantastic features in an A5 planner
Your A5 Dodo Pad diary includes
- Week-to view format with A5 (21cm x 14.8cm) spiral-bound pages
- 53 weekly grids, each divided into daily sections with five columns and week numbers noted on each weekly grid
- 112gsm UK made paper, excellent for writing on particularly in fountain pen
- All UK, USA, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Irish and Canadian Public Holidays
- Fun facts, offbeat anniversaries, and inspiringly unusual quotes on each weekly page
- Moon phases via symbols so all you lunar enthusiasts can keep track of whether it's waxing, waning, full or new.
- Forward planners for 2023 and 2024 plus clear planning space
- An indodispensable data section to record important telephone numbers, email addresses, etc.
- Perforated corners so that you can instantly flip to the current week.
If you'd prefer a Dodo Pad of a slightly bigger size, have a look at the original Dodo Pad desk diary. Alternatively, if you'd like something more personal, why not try out our pocket-sized Mini Dodo Pad?