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Have a Day was our first design, and our most popular. It is currently out of print, although we are confident of a re-release at some point.

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This poster is no longer available, but for a cool collection of smiley stuff check out my good friend Ken’s Smiley Store

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  1. Mantis said,

    on March 24th, 2006 at 11:31 am

    This is the poster that got everything started. For that story, check out our history section. This poster is just pure fun with creativity, and I am amazed that we are STILL finding hilarious new “days” to have. I think we are closing in on a 900 different days, and this poster represents some of our best.


  2. Natalia Vargas said,

    on May 25th, 2006 at 9:26 am

    I’m from Peru and I saw one of these posters in my country, at the institute where I study British English. I saw it and i liked it very much. So I copy the web site and here I am seeing that you have new days. Well I just want to give my best wishes and say that you are very creative people!!. Bye

  3. hardy said,

    on June 21st, 2006 at 4:47 am

    hey i got the have a day poaster and its the most amazingly cool thing i have ever onwed cause its wicked and its funny. My favorite one is the have a repetive day have a repediteve day. tee hii hii thats funny anyway thakes for lisening if you are… hi.

  4. Mantis said,

    on June 21st, 2006 at 11:49 am

    Hardy, we are always listening. Thanks for the post and I’m happy to hear you dug the poster!


  5. Mirtila said,

    on July 21st, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    You are going global! I’m from Honduras and go to school in Arkansas, I showed it to some of my friends and they love it! This is the greatest poster ever!

  6. Holden said,

    on July 28th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    I’m glad I found your site. I’ve had what I think are the original Have a Day, Have a night posters for a long time but they’ve been used and loved to the point where they’re falling apart. It’s nice to know I can get some new ones for when I go to college. Anyway those are some hilarious posters, keep up the good work. “Have a night that if one wanted to be precise could only be described as verbose”

  7. Mantis said,

    on August 9th, 2006 at 8:01 am

    Thanks everyone for the replies!

    - “Verbose day” is one of my absolute favorites as well.
    - Honduras, eh? Very cool!

  8. Steve said,

    on August 24th, 2006 at 7:37 am

    I bought your Have a Day poster while in Swanage, England (I live in Buckinghamshire) and i think its great!

    My favourite is ‘Have a subliminal day’.

  9. Hidi & Ruth said,

    on September 2nd, 2006 at 7:29 am


    Ruth says: Ey up! i bought this poster and all me friends who saw it ALL wanted one!!! it’s one of the coolest posters i’ve ever bought, thanks MANTIS!

    Hidi says- My friend ruth here here owns one of these Amazing posters can ypu name any shops where your posters can be bought in the Chester / Cheshire area?! .

    Our favourite (or atleast Ruth’s, anyway)- “Have a completley shitty day”, ’cause it’s ALLWAYS Ruth’s morning mood…

  10. Mantis said,

    on September 7th, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    Hidi, I don’t really know of any specific stores that sell our posters. That may seem weird but I have a publisher who takes care of all that stuff for me, and they are super busy so I can’t really ask ‘em little things like that without them getting irritated. But, you can email them yourself:

    Ruth, (that’s my moms name!) yes indeed coffee is the answer.


  11. Mona said,

    on September 8th, 2006 at 5:42 pm

    Just got this poster hung on my new room wall. I really love it!
    My favourite smiley is “Have an incomplete….(day at the bottom)” You guys are so creative! This poster really makes my day everyday! :D

  12. Nicolle said,

    on September 15th, 2006 at 11:43 am

    I tried to order both Have a day & night posters, but allposters.som said they no longer carried them. What’s up? Where can I get them?

  13. Mantis said,

    on September 20th, 2006 at 10:42 am

    Yes it’s true, Allposters stopped/sold out of the blue background “Have a Day” posters. We are hoping that they will pick up the new ones. In the meantime, you can purchase the new posters here:


  14. David said,

    on April 8th, 2007 at 8:59 am

    I have the original “have a day” poster from 1996 and I think it is probably one of the most creative posters I’ve ever seen! My favorite is the “have a demanding day.” The new poster is cool too.

  15. Ang said,

    on May 20th, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    I once had these posters, like others, from long ago and recently decided I must replace them. Thanks for still providing the ‘original’ so that those of who want to stay old school can do so. Have a Day (still love the smiley face, and still remember emailing you about it so many years ago when comments on blogs and websites weren’t existent) and Have a Night got me through many of both.

  16. Simone said,

    on July 13th, 2007 at 4:46 am

    I recently purchased both “Have A Day” and “Have A Night” posters. They are very creative. My mom noticed on the “Have A Day” poster that there is a well-hidden “smiley face” in the center of it. Stand back from the poster a few feet and squint your eyes, you will notice it. It’s cool.

  17. mike said,

    on August 11th, 2007 at 7:34 am

    i love this poster. i have the have a night and day door posters. one question tho, wats with the part of the head sticking out from the side next to “Have an earthquaking day”?THANKS FOR MAKING THESE AWESOME POSTERS! XD

  18. Mantis said,

    on August 13th, 2007 at 5:51 am

    Hey thanks for all the positive vibes Mike! The smiley sticking his head into the “Have a Day” poster is from our “Have a Night” poster. He’s sleepwalking (Somnambulant night)…

  19. Nicolle said,

    on October 11th, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Hey, are you guys going to do a 2008 desk calendar? I would love to know where to order one if you are…

  20. Micky said,

    on January 9th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    I have had my have a day vintage poster for over for over 14 years and I keep it in my Fitness Office because the kids are intreged by it and absoulutlely love it. I plan on purchasing the other designs in the future. I am a fan of Matis Desgns works and look forward to any of there other products in the future.

    Love you Matis,

  21. anomynous said,

    on March 6th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Dear Mantis Design;

    I love all the work on “Have a Day”. The very last poster I have gotton was in 2001. Many people tell me how funny and cool these are. Iwould like to know where to purpchase more. Keep up the good work!

    A fan,

  22. amir said,

    on March 21st, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Got a binder of have a night years ago. I love the thing. Made for a good ice breaker. Plus it still is in style because my teenage daughter uses it for school.

  23. Hot Rod said,

    on April 16th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I love the “Have a Day” and “Have a Night” posters. I bought them back in High School. I dug them out recently and put them on my office/scrapbooking room wall for a mood lifter. My 2 mo old son loves looking at the contrast in the colors and my 5 year old daughter loves the smilies. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I have always loved these posters and refuse to get rid of them!

  24. Mantis said,

    on April 18th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Hey everyone. I am slated to be working on bringing back “Have a Day” this Fall. I basically gotta figure out a way to “re-introduce” it, and hope it goes well, and then we can get it going again with calendars and all that…thanks for all the emails and support,


  25. on July 18th, 2008 at 10:56 am

    [...] knew that Mantis Design had a copyright notice on the bottom of their Have a Day posters, but they certainly didn’t claim to own the original smiley [...]

  26. Hippiegirl said,

    on November 13th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    please tell us if there are going to be calendars for Have A day for 2009????? desk top or wall???? were i can get one ?? thanks .. peace

  27. Gayla Toney said,

    on November 22nd, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I was lucky enough to get both the 2005 and 2007 ‘Have a Day…’ calendars and was disappointed that there wasn’t one for 2008. Will there be one for 2009? I’d love to add to my collection. My 12 and 14 year old neices also love the calendars and I thought they would make great Christmas gifts. Please let me know as the shopping season is upon us!
    Thanks and keep SMILING!

  28. Hoping 4 Have a Day 2009 said,

    on December 29th, 2008 at 7:13 am

    I have bought your calendars and posters since I was in High School and the past year my wall has had a very boring poster in my Have a Day place. This calendar helped to keep up the light mood and happiness in my office, PLEASE bring back Have a Day for 2009. Thanks so much!!

  29. Marcie said,

    on December 30th, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Please let me know if the 2009 Have a Day calendar was produced? I hope so as it’s a wonderful product. I miss the smileys every day. Happy New Year!

  30. Patricia Fonseca said,

    on March 5th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Helloooooo, …
    I bought your Have a day – door poster, …
    and I LOVED soooooooooooooooooooooooo much, …
    I sent to be lamineted, because I’ll keep for ever. I CAN’T stop looking at, it’s ssssssooooooooooooooooooooooo cool !!!
    I need to THANK you all a looooooooooooottttttttttt for have done this for us.
    You guys ROCK!!!!
    Patty and Zetty

  31. Ughleigh said,

    on March 9th, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I have had a copy of your Have A Day poster hanging here in my lab for eons. It’s tattered, taped, torn and retaped. I’ve moved it, abused it, covered, uncovered, and still can’t get enough. Smileys are the shiznit. Makes my dreary lab a little easier to bear.

    Thanks and junk
    -the looney lab tech

  32. Richard said,

    on March 13th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Heh, it’s nice to see this poster’s legacy living on. I have one of these from 1993 hanging in my room right now. I’m a bit more partial to the 1993 art style than the current one which is more sketchy, but it’s still pretty cool.

  33. susanne said,

    on June 1st, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Where can I find these posters to buy now???
    I have been seaching forever and cant find anyone who has it in stock!!
    Can anyone give me some advise about this?

  34. Susanne said,

    on June 1st, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Please, can someone help me?? I have been trying to buy the door poster forever, but with no luck. Everyone seems to be out of stock!! Can someone give me some advise about where to go, where I might be able to find one?
    Many thanks

  35. Mantis said,

    on June 4th, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Working on it.

  36. Jamie said,

    on July 6th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Hey I’ve always Loved your Have a day calendars and I have the
    ’06,’07, and ’08 ones left. I wanted to get a 2009 one but i cant find one any where I live in ontario so im not sure if you still sell calendars there. I have however bought a Have A Day Poster for my room (Which im moving into on Wednesday) I love it and there are some of my favorites on there. I love the have a iDay one is funny and well there all awesome and funny, keep up the good work and by the way, Can you still get Calendars in Ontario? And what stores should have them? Also, Let me know if you can download any of the “Have a …. Day” Pics, in a large form. – Thanks I love them alot keep up the creative work, Jamie.

  37. Mantis said,

    on July 13th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    YES, we have a Have a Day calendar coming out for 2010, and it should be available in the USA and Canada!

  38. Erica said,

    on October 22nd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I am SO very excited for the 2010 calendar- i will probably be one of the first people to buy one… i have been checking out my local stores for one since my last one ended in 2006. Thank you so much for bringing it back!

  39. Federico said,

    on December 8th, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Hi everyone!
    I really love this poster and I´d love to get it, but It seems to be imposible for me bacause I´m living in Argentina. Can you tell me if it´s available here?

  40. Mantis said,

    on December 8th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Unfortunately this poster is not widely available anymore. :(

  41. on March 24th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I’m a help desk agent and I was at work the other day when a cusomer called to complain about the sound card in his computer. He said, “the right channel is comming out of the left speaker and vice versa” so I told him to switch the speakers and he felt so stupid he hung up on me! Humor is good so laugh. Anyone else have a good one?

  42. Jennifer Corona said,

    on April 29th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hello, I am a teacher at a Junior High School. We ran across the “Have a Day” poster and wanted to know if we can get a school discount? Several of the teachers would like a copy! Can that be arranged? We too like the original (93) best…but would take either! Is this poster available for purchase?

    THANKS, Jennifer Corona

  43. Mantis said,

    on May 3rd, 2010 at 5:55 am

    UNfortunately, we don’t do any discounts for teachers or groups, although I think that is a great idea. Y’know, it’s funny, but I guess the original ’93 version has some quality that makes it the best. I don’t know why, but that seems to be “the one”. :)

  44. Jake said,

    on August 5th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I was wondering what the have a day smiley is saying in between “Day have dyslexic a” and ” Have a peaceful day is”

  45. Mantis said,

    on August 9th, 2010 at 5:07 am

    The smiley face you are referring to, if you decode it, says “Stand back and squint”. If you do this, you will notice that there is a smiley face within the entire poster made of the individual smileys that are not yellow.. :)

  46. Max said,

    on August 19th, 2010 at 3:35 am

    When is the next have a day/night poster coming out!?!

  47. Mantis said,

    on August 24th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    very low chance. In fact, the Have a Day posters were discontinued. Maybe some say I can re-introduce them. :(

  48. Jean said,

    on August 25th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Darn. I look forward to these and have been buying the wall calendars for a while now (and I keep them for posterity!). I hope that they’ll be re-introduced soon!

  49. whitney said,

    on August 26th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Are you going to come out with a 2011 calendar? I’ve been buying them for my coworker for years!

  50. Mantis said,

    on August 29th, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Unfortunately no we won’t be making a have a day calendar for 2011. :(

  51. Ruth said,

    on September 21st, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I have been enjoying the calendars for many years. Why are you not coming out with a have a day calendar for 2011? I was so happy when you had one for 2010 after not having one the year before that . what gives?

  52. Mantis said,

    on September 21st, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Yeah its just a matter of sales. Unfortunately there aren’t enough people out there that want to buy this calendar. Either that or it’s a matter of my publisher or stores willing to carry it. Either way, it’s out of my control.

  53. Wesley said,

    on September 24th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    My french teacher has not one, but TWO copies of this (This 2005 one, and the 1993 one with the phrase about cool junk mail, I like the one featured here better) is his classroom, which is ironic in a school environment given phrases on it such as “Have and anal day,” and “Have a completely shitty day.” Needless to say, he is the coolest french teacher on the planet.

  54. Matty-G said,

    on November 7th, 2010 at 6:38 am

    I’ve got a variation of this poster hanging up on my door (the main difference is a few of the faces and their locations), and it’s been there for years. I just wanna say, Thank you so much for helping me pick out how my day would end up or have me come home to realize what kind of a day I had based on your poster. Keep up the good work, and I hope to see the ‘Have a Night’ poster available again soon, it’s the one I don’t have.

  55. Shiri said,

    on November 28th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I first saw the Have a Day & Have a Night posters in middle school ten years ago. You read right, ten years ago. I always made sure I was seated next to them (given my last name, it wasn’t a problem), and they were wonderfully clever. I was reminded of the posters recently and thought how much I’d like to have copies of my own. It’s a shame they’re being discontinued; hope you can bring ‘em back–let me know if/when you do!

    Apologies for any errors; this was typed on my mobile phone.

  56. Heather said,

    on December 4th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I can’t find anywhere to buy these posters, it’s no longer available on the link provided. I guess I will just have to design my own have a day calendar for 2011 :(

  57. Chris said,

    on December 14th, 2010 at 2:59 am

    We are from Allentown and we had a store in Stroudsburg that just closed in July and we had these posters for both the A-Town and Strouds stores in the bathrooms. If anyone knows how to get them again please message me !!

  58. Mantis said,

    on December 14th, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I will notify everyone that posts messages on here when it becomes available again. :)

  59. eliz said,

    on December 17th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Love 96 day and night, till 2010.

  60. Diane Near said,

    on December 21st, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Please let me know how I can purchase my yearly 2011 Have a Day wall calendar. My class is waiting for the new one.

  61. Mantis said,

    on December 27th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    We won’t be making one for 2011. I will return my focus to Have a Day again though, I promise.

  62. Liam said,

    on December 27th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I love your “Have a Day” calendar and I am disappointed that you aren’t making one for 2011.

  63. Jean Kempa said,

    on January 2nd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Add my name to the list of people patiently waiting for the “Have a Day” poster!!!!

  64. Luz said,

    on January 6th, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Add my name too!!, I love the posters, but they are difficult to find.

  65. on January 7th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I LOVE my 2010 Have a Day calendar. I guess I can stop searching for the 2011 calendar. But I will look again in 2012 as it is my favorite calendar EVER! I love the format and the awesome different smiley faces!

  66. GlitrVamp said,

    on January 10th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I had the original “Have a Day” poster back in middle school/high school. I used to have all of my friends sign by the day of their choosing. That was about 10 years ago. I still have the poster though it is tattered and kept in a box for safe keeping. One day I would like to get it framed as a keepsake. All of my friends loved the poster and the uniqueness of each day. I used to have the calendars too, and was sad to see I missed the 2010 calendar. I have always loved “Have a Day” and loved having a new “day” every day with the calendar. I wish there would be a 2011 calendar but I will just keep my fingers crossed for a 2012 one. It’s too bad that there is not enough interest because I think “Have a Day” is one of the coolest concepts ever.

  67. Julie said,

    on January 10th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Totally bummed about the have a day calendars, I like them my mom likes them for work and home :(

  68. michaelsaan said,

    on January 17th, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I was standing in class and saw the coded day and set out to decode it. My teacher gave me extra credit when I told him the “STAND BACK AND SQUINT” Day.

  69. Mark Blackburn said,

    on February 18th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I too would love to be able to get my hands on a copy of the have a day poster! My sister a brother-in-law have on on their bathroom wall in Canada and I think it Sweden would benefit from being exposed to it!

  70. knine22 said,

    on February 23rd, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    i had this poster when i was in high school… took it with me to art school. it was a hit and it just about disintegrated. xD
    nearly fifteen years later, i still have a link on my personal site to Mantis. i’m glad to see you’re still setting the bar for wall posters. my basement… er, game room, yeah, man-cave game room will look sharp with some of your latest art & wit hanging in frames.

  71. Adriana said,

    on May 27th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Oh my God, do you still publish those posters???
    I love them!
    Many years ago (2004? 2005??), my English teacher had this poster in class. I used to draw some of the smileys when I was bored… I loved it, and I could never know where was it from… (Don’t ask me why, but today I suddenly remembered it and I decided to search on the net… and I found you!!! :D:D)
    Which kind of shops do you sell them? Or just through the net??

  72. Mantis said,

    on May 31st, 2011 at 7:16 am

    These posters are no longer being printed unfortunately. We are working on a re-release at some point.

  73. 403forbidden said,

    on June 27th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I have had my Have a Night poster for at least 10 years now. I’ve had my Have a Night poster over my bed for all of that except a few months when I was in college. In fact I just hung it up in my new apartment tonight, but it’s pretty beat up. I found your site again while I was looking for a replacement (although it looks like the have a night poster has changed from the one I have).

    I’ve been waiting for a Have a Day poster for a long time–I remember to check at least once a year. *laugh*

    I also had a Have a Day Calendar maybe 5 years ago? I would love to have another calendar!!

  74. Kelly Hell said,

    on October 4th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    We have had the “Have a Day Poster” hanging up at our camp for 10+ years and someone stole our “Have a Night Poster” My 7 year old niece was up with us this weekened and was totally intrigued by the Poster. I thought what a cool Christmas Present for the next generation, though I could get her the Day and her brother (5) the Night Poster, any chance they will be out in time for Christmas. I would also really like to replace our missing ‘Night’ one. Thank you and here’s to crossed fingers for good luck – Take care and have a Great Day. My desk at the office is littered with everything happy face.

  75. Kelly said,

    on October 5th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    We have had the “Have a Day Poster” hanging up at our camp for 10+ years and someone stole our “Have a Night Poster” My 7 year old niece was up with us this weekened and was totally intrigued by the Poster. I thought what a cool Christmas Present for the next generation, though I could get her the Day and her brother (5) the Night Poster, any chance they will be out in time for Christmas. I would also really like to replace our missing ‘Night’ one. Thank you and here’s to crossed fingers for good luck – Take care and have a Great Day. My desk at the office is littered with everything happy face.

  76. on October 7th, 2011 at 7:30 am

    [...] Ball created the trademark yellow smiley face that you may recognize from such products as the Have A Day poster that adorned the back of my bedroom door as an angsty teenager.  Ball later went on to [...]

  77. Luz said,

    on October 11th, 2011 at 1:03 pm


    If the publishers does not want to print the posters and calendars anymore, Can you put them on the website to be bought and downloaded.

  78. Kathy said,

    on November 16th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I had faithfully bought the calendar for my daughter every year. I would love to know if/when you re-release these. She would love a poster, too. So, add me to both lists!!

  79. Carolyn Tebo said,

    on November 27th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I love the “Have a Day” (Smiley) wall calendars. The last one I was able to buy was 2010. I am always looking for a current one. I couldn’t find one in 2011 or this next year, 2012 yet. Are they still being published? If so, how can I purchase one?? I see from comments that there is also a poster. I would also be interested in the poster.

  80. Mantis said,

    on December 6th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    there won’t be a calendar for 2012, but I am hopefully going to get that poster and calendar going for 2013. Will let everyone know when that happens via email..

  81. Marcie said,

    on December 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Would love to see another Have a day calendar in 2013. I missed it this year. Please let me know if you publish one next year as I would love to have it. Happy holidays!

  82. Annina said,

    on February 4th, 2012 at 4:43 am


    as everybody else here, I would love to be informed if the “Have a Day” (preferably the ’93 version) poster/calender are available again!
    My sister brought the day and night – posters from Canada (we are living in Germany) but was never willing to pass them on to me – quite understandable; and by the time I was old and smart enough to realize one can use the Internet for shopping it was too late…

  83. DPA said,

    on May 3rd, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I was obsessed with the have a day posters when I was a teenager. I had a bunch of them that I found in random places.

  84. Sheila said,

    on November 7th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I found a partially damaged Have a Day calendar about 5 yrs ago and gave it to my son. He loved it! I really would like to get the 2013 calendar for him for Christmas. Please make them available again!

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