Monday, 8th August 2005
My watch is way to complex.
- I don't need the seconds hand.
- The minute hand is a bit more relevant, but hardly really useful.
- The hour hand is of most value to me, but is the hardest to read.
Why a problem?
It is a nice watch, but
it fails to tell time adequately.
I'd love to rapidly know a rough indication of time,
speed over accuracy.
I never succeed.
My watch is to crowded with details.
It was designed for accuracy, not for speed.
The desired hours are hidden behind irrelevant exact details.
I don't care about exact time.
have I woken up two seconds late.
In SUMit HQ I hardly ever wear a watch.
Outdoors I desperately try to find hours between all visual rubbish.
It is troublesome.
The irrelevant seconds hand draws most attention.
I don't live by the second, but my watch does.
If only I could just remove that hand.
- The hand is the biggest,
- is most bright in colour,
- ticks noticeably
- and moves every second.
- The numbers are too large and completely redundant.
- The hour ticks look too much like hands.
The smaller ticks are useless.
- The hour hand is the most important, yet attracts least attention.
- The date and weekday look too much like a hand.
- It looks like a fourth hand at first glance.
- The date is often wrong, after a date with less than 31 days.
The minutes are irrelevant to me too.
Minutes are irrelevant during all of these activities.
- I wake up after sunrise, have a breakfast at leisure pace with fresh coffee.
- The Netherlands are still asleep when I answer e-mails from different time zones.
- During Dutch office hours it gets a bit more busy with e-mail and phone calls.
- After office hours the rush hour is over at SUMit
- Some quiet Dutch radio programs
close the day at night.
It is me who is the exception?
Are minutes and seconds relevant to other people?
The standard answer:
Yes, as we have to catch a train.
I doubt so.
Have a look at any train station.
See a platform full of waiting people.
All of those folks are too early.
They have an abundance of time because their notion of time is not exact enough.
It is only the platform clock that knows if the train is on time.
- Get rid of all visual pollution.
Get rid of the seconds, numbers, small ticks and date!
- Assign top priority to the hours.
- Don't show minutes, or fully subordinate them.
The two clocks on this page show different times.
Have a look at
the design for a new clock.
- The face shows all 12 hours.
- The dark circle quickly
- The small bright circle is the minutes hand.
- Read hours and minutes at one single glance.
Time goes round in circles.
- Minutes make a small round every hour.
- 12 hours round half a day.
You probably did not notice the difference yet.
See, a few minutes does not make a difference.
- The bottom one shows time in the Netherlands, but does not move.
- The top one shows the actual time in your time zone.
It's minutes hand is now a bit ahead of the one at the bottom.
You probably did not even notice that the top clock shows the exact time.
Exact time is irrelevant for you too.