This video demonstrates a design for a way to completely recontextualize the way we display and conceive time. When I was first developing this concept, I was intrigued and confused by the way that we display time. The current examples, either the analog or digital clock, communicate time essentially two-dimensionally. Time has been displayed by either flat arms spinning above the surface of a flat image of numbers or as a series of digital numbers on a screen. Time is, as we now know, inextricably linked to space. The XYZ Clock attempts to reunite space and time physically and conceptually.
The XYZ Clock is a composite of three bisected rings. Each ring is positioned on a different axis of space, the x, y, and z, axes. Time is therefore represented as spatially as possible, extending out in every dimension. One half of each ring is labeled with either hours, minutes, or seconds (from outside to inside) while the other remains stationary, displaying a pointer that indicates the current time. The numbered ring rotates based on an internal gear system, displayed in simple form in the video. The rings are designed to maintain both structural and aesthetic simplicity.
This Clock is meant to be placed on a table or surface and engaged in by the viewer. There is an opportunity to both observe and engage in this object. It is designed to be experienced physically so that time itself becomes objectified and personal.
The video was created using Cinema 4D, Adobe Illustrator, and Final Cut Pro.
Thanks to Gareth Jones for inspiration and guidance.