Ticker Type is a typographic display clock for a screen-saver or similar peripheral application. Every second brings a new typographic composition spelling out the number of the second at that time. Each letter is placed almost entirely randomly, with just a few parameters to aid legibility.

With only a second to read the word, Ticker Type presents time as brief and fleeting. Meanwhile, the background color shifts gradually as a metaphor for the changing light of day. The multiple levels of visualization in this clock reflect the ephemeral nature of every moment: each second is entirely unique and may be gone before you even notice it (or can read the clock).

This video is a one-minute demonstration of the clock application in action.

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