By Haroon Baig
Clocks don’t have to be boring. Of course, clocks need need to remain usable and display current time; however, they can do it in a number of creative ways. You are about to see some of the most creative examples out there. Take some time and enjoy.
What shall I say. If the others are songs, Uniqlock2 is the concert. Japanese girls dance focusing your attention away from the passing time. Probably one of the strangest — unique — clock screensavers out there.
2. Word Clock
3Whether you hate or love Helvetica, you’ll just love Word Clock4 (for you haters out there the typeface can be changed). Simon Heys5, the creative director of Tonic, definitely deserves the place on the podium with this stunning piece. You can download the screensaver (PC and Mac) as well as an iPhone application.
3. DropClock Link
DropClock7 is an aesthetically intriguing motion clock screensaver. Every minute of real time is numerically expressed with heavy helvetica dropping into water in super slow-motion. An impressive piece of art by Yugop. You can get the screensaver here8 (PC and Mac, price: $15).
4. Uncontrol Clock Link
Among other things Uncontrol Website offers the so-called “55 clock” for free download. This clock uses the 3rd dimension to combine an analogue display with a digital clock display. Ingenious.
5. FedEx “Just in time” Link
Just in time is the message of this advertising banner for FedEx, which won a Gold Lion in the Cyber Lions category in Cannes 2005. And deservedly so. You get the message.
6. Pulse Clock Link
This neat little Actionscript Experiment by Mrdoob
7. Humanclock Link
Humanclock11 is a project by Craig D. Giffen. People from all over the world submit pictures with certain times on them. Every minute there is a new picture telling the current time. Simple as that. Read the project page12 for more info (you’ll find an analogue version, too).
8. Industrial Clock Link
- 1 http://www.uniqlo.jp/uniqlock/
- 2 http://www.uniqlo.jp/uniqlock/
- 3 http://www.simonheys.com/wordclock/
- 4 http://www.simonheys.com/wordclock/
- 5 http://www.simonheys.com
- 6 http://scr.sc/products/dropclock/
- 7 http://scr.sc/products/dropclock/
- 8 http://scr.sc/products/dropclock/
- 9 http://hi-res.net/
- 10 http://www.humanclock.com/clock.php
- 11 http://www.humanclock.com/clock.php
- 12 http://www.humanclock.com
- 13 http://www.sleepatwork.com/
- 14 http://www.quasimondo.com/clockr.php
- 15 http://www.quasimondo.com/clockr.php
- 16 http://quasimondo.com/clockr_screensaver.zip
- 17 http://www.barcodeart.com/art/clock/clock.html
- 18 http://lab.mathieu-badimon.com/
- 19 http://lab.mathieu-badimon.com/
- 20 http://www.bludot.com/good_design_is_good/clock
- 21 http://blog.pixelbreaker.com/polarclock/
- 22 http://blog.pixelbreaker.com/polarclock/
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