Product comes encased in cardboard box, so you cant tell in a store what this is like.
Make sure to read the 'bad' section to avoid any surprises with the Carbon-Copy issue.
It is a small spiral bound weekly calendar (not glued at the spine). This means it will lay flat and open on your desk, rather than needing to be forced to stay open.
Illustrations are wonderful (full page on left) with small description and surprising facts about element. Discovery dates are listed on individual days too!
This calender releases my inner nerd, and educates me too, no more damm inspirational sayings taking up space. 5 star!
The "SURE, that's OK"!
The weekly calendar listings (on the right page) start on Sunday, not Mon, so the weekend is split between top and bottom of page. Days are separated by very bold orangery-red lines (could be nicer color). 4 Star!
Cant use gel ink, but other pens causes black "Carbon-Copy" effect.
The semi-glossy pages don't let ink from gel pens (pilot, sharpie...ect) sink into the paper, so they smudge and don't dry easily (this is becoming common for calendars). You need to use ball-point, Biro, or pencil.
HERE COMES THE WORST....
To use these pens normally requires greater pressure when writing.
The beautiful pictures framed in black will carbon-copy your writing, and not just on the next page, but multiple. My regular writing with a pencil was visible through SIX weeks of Tuesdays. 2 Star!
Summarize: LOVE the visuals and overall layout of this calendar, photography and chemistry information is sharp! I feel however that the publisher never actually used their product before sending it out for distribution.