2023 Dodo Pad Original Desk 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.
The original 24cm x 19cm version of Lord Dodo's much-loved diary
This is where it all started: an undisputed milestone in the world of planners: the original Dodo Pad diary. If you're looking for an introduction to the wonderful doodle-filled world of Lord Dodo, there is no better place to start than here.
This is the 2023 (57th edition) pick-me-up-and-move-me-around classic spiral-bound Dodo Pad: a week-to-view diary that allows easy organisation for your family throughout the whole calendar year. Unique and practical in every way, the Dodo Pad is the entertaining planner you didn't know you needed.
A saviour from extinction
Memos, messages, engagements, appointments, deadlines – they can all be quickly jotted down in the Dodo Pad's 24 x 19cm pages (that's a little larger than A5, in case you are wondering) and clearly displayed so the whole family can stay in the loop. Lord Dodo's clever grid system splits the days of the week into five columns, meaning each family member can have their own column or, if you're an extremely busy individual with a packed day, you can hog them all to yourself.
Glorious illustrations from Lord Dodo's own sharp-witted pencil, quirky quotes, and offbeat anniversaries theme each week – planning your schedule has never been a more enjoyable task! Plus, there is a large blank space opposite each weekly grid for making extra notes or, for those who want to unleash their inner Lord Dodo, doodling!
The Dodo Pad is a lifesaver for families everywhere (and has been since the very first edition in 1966). If you too are feeling nearly extinct from the pressures of modern life, order yours today and see what all the fuss is about.
Everything you could ever want from a planner:
Your Dodo Pad diary includes:
- Week-to-view format with 24cm x 19cm spiralbound pages
- 53 weekly grids, each divided into daily sections with five columns and week numbers noted on each weekly grid
- 112gsm' excellent for writing on, particularly with a 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.
- A handy 'Stuff and Store' pouch to hold all your essential pieces of paper.
- Perforated tear off corner on every page so you can quickly get to the latest week