Design Challenge

Place Your Bets On Casino Watch Design

September 10th, 2010

Design submitted by Akinori Nemoto from Japan.

Akinori-san has upped the stakes with this watch design with a Casino theme. The display uses either a miniature colour LCD or e-paper to represent detailed graphics as if you were actually sat at the poker table. The cards & chips you have are used to represent the time. The design explains that cards 1 (ace) to 10 are used for hours, & then Jack for 11. 12 o’clock would be either Joker or King depending on AM or PM. I suppose also diamonds or clubs could be used for AM/PM during other hours. The minutes are shown by the number of face-down cards in your hand & your remaining chips. Read the rest of this entry »

A Unisex Concept Watch With Cryptic Etching

September 10th, 2010

Design submitted by Heather Sable from the USA.

Heather says: “This is a unisex design for a wrist watch. It is called “Boxed In”. When the time is not displayed, the etched design is still pleasing to the eye. The button in the center will activate the time display through LEDs. The center design determines the hour. The boxes at the top and bottom determine the minutes.”

The concept designs we’re receiving are really creative! Heather’s concept is designed for guys and girls and uses simple lines and squares to show the time. The layout of the shapes on the screen are very cool – like a birds eye view of a pyramid perhaps. It looks as difficult to read as hieroglyphs but like most concepts here, when you know how and have had a bit of practice you can read the time instantly. Just take a look at the explanation below. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Vision Key Chain Concept

September 9th, 2010

A new concept from the Tokyoflash Design Studio, this time an adaptation of the Night Vision concept. This is a great alternative to wearing a watch in the traditional manner. The image below shows the time piece attached to a key ring but this is a concept that would also look great on a key chain or worn on a chain like a pocket watch. This design has blue LEDs, rather than green in the previous design. Do you have an LED color preference?

The shape of this concept is unusual but is definitely original. As you can see, the time can be read at a glance; hours around the edge of the hexagonal shape, the gap in the lights showing the hour. Digital minutes in the center. Read the rest of this entry »

Time Flies LED Pocket Watch

September 9th, 2010

Design submitted by Garett Buttram from Canada.

Garett says: “These are two pocket watch designs. The first is a simple dartboard style design. Lights illuminate the display as time goes by. The second design is has more of a spiral display.”

I think this maybe our first submission of a pocket watch and we have two variations here; one with a more organic look, the other being more futuristic or maze like. I think the maze looking one may be a bit hard to read the hours on. Unless different colors were used or you may mistake the layer. This may be a good thing if you want the sensation of being drunk whilst looking at the time. It does look very cryptic.

The other more organic design is very easy to read the time on. It reminds me of a flower a bit, not sure how other people feel? Could make the design more directed to women perhaps. Tell us your thoughts on this LED pocket watch. Read the rest of this entry »

NEMOTO Vibration watch

September 9th, 2010

Design submitted by Akinori Nemoto.

Nemoto san says: “This is a minimalist watch design. As a result, the time does not appear at all. The time is communicated through vibration (Morse code). However, it is difficult to adjust the time so a radio clock function would be integrated.”

Here is a great idea that I haven’t yet seen produced and is worth discussing – the NEMOTO vibration watch. Designs have been done for blind people in the past, usually talking watches, and even some braille watch designs have surfaced over the years, but this is the first time I have seen the time done using vibration. Really thinking outside of the box. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Sided Triangle LED Watch

September 9th, 2010

Design submitted by Leuenberger Stéphane from Switzerland.

Stéphane says: “12 and 9 are multiples of 3 which is why i’m going for the triangular shape. I’m going more for fashion appeal rather than for technical appeal. I’ve tried to respect the symmetry of the watch.”

This two sided LED watch looks very different and is focussed on being more of a fashion accessory – that’s what this design is about. Having fun with the shape and allowing the consumer to add fashion accessories will the give this design a personalized look. Love it or hate it you be the judge. We think it’s just plain fun, and that is what this design is all about! Read the rest of this entry »

DK02 LCD Watch

September 9th, 2010

Design submitted by Lorenzo Gi from Sweden.

Lorenzo says: “As graphic designer I play with shapes and colors every day. The concept of this watch is intended to create abstract shapes with numbers and fonts. There is just a grid where hours and minutes are merged. It’s a minimal design in its shape, layout and functionality, in fact there is no AM and PM, just two colors, no date.”

Tokyoflash says: Here is a perfect example of how to make the display look unreadable to the untrained eye giving the appearance of something quite alien. We really like the 45 cuts on the corners creating a futuristic look. I think it would work best as an LCD watch as there are many segments and need to be close together to keep it’s appeal. Read the rest of this entry »

Asymmetrical Alien Communicator Concept Watch

September 8th, 2010

Design submitted by Maciej Mandrysz from Poland.

Here’s what Maciej says about his unique concept: “An asymmetric watch design that is simple, modern & clean. Inspired by a sci-fi computer interface. 12 LEDs on left represent hours, 10 LEDs in the center represent 10 minute group, and 9 LEDs on the right represent single minutes.”

A very striking look to this watch design by Maciej. Black and green together just have to be alien don’t they? Could be a countdown device for self-destruct, a cryptic communicator, some kind of analysing device – my last guess would be a wrist watch. It’s nice to see all these community designs pouring in: people getting involved & enjoying the creativity! What are your thoughts on this watch design?

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Futuristic GPS Watch – Designed For Space Travelers

September 8th, 2010

Design submitted by Vincent Rhodes from the USA.

Vincent says: “A wide watch, the Yajirushi (Arrow) comes in two styles: Fire (brushed brass color finish) & Ice (brushed slate/steel color). Offering two visual styles for displaying the time, this watch attempts to evoke a worn futuristic aesthetic. The arrow-shaped case and curved elements juxtapose a space-age vibe with the worn, comfortable feel of a leather, cuff-style band featuring a double buckle.”

“I included a “dream feature” that allows the wearer to lock a GPS location into memory (or sync with another Yajirushi watch) and point back to that stored location or source. Find your parked car or your friend with a button push.”

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Magnetic Liquid Design Tells The Time

September 7th, 2010

Design submitted by Karim Zaouai.

I don’t think we have ever seen anything like this before – a very imaginative use of science. Here’s what Karim says about his design:

“The watch runs with ferrofluid, a very sensitive magnetic liquid. The hidden needles reflects the shape of the gears. They are a tribute to mechanical watches. The time, fickle and liquid freezes in space when tilting the wrist thanks to magnetism internal housing.” You can see the design in action here: http://vimeo.com/14089353

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A Watch Design That Uses Words Instead of Numbers

September 7th, 2010
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Design submitted by Tynan Mayhew from Canada. (14 years old)

Tokyoflash Says: This watch design is in fact very simple to read at a glance – when you know how. We like that the LEDs light up the individual words in order so that you can follow the written numbers to calculate the time. Maybe it would be fun to have some different typefaces or even different LED colors to indicate hours, groups of 10 minutes and single minutes.

This concept has now become reality. Kisai Kaidoku is available to buy here. Read the rest of this entry »

Water Watch With Accelerometer

September 6th, 2010

Design submitted by Felipe Eiji Takahashi from Brasil.

Tokyoflash Says: We love the idea of accelerometer in a watch and having liquid graphics sloshing around on your wrist. This idea really has potential! If you splash the display around though, how can you tell the time? Well, im sure there would be some nifty way to keep a marker of some kind – perhaps its oil & water, so the lower level doesn’t slosh too much and the liquid above is just for fun rather than time telling.

The time level could be a physical barrier between the oil & water and when you move the watch around the two liquids bubble into each other, but you can still see the line between them, like a kind of lava lamp snow storm  - lots of possibilities im sure! Read the rest of this entry »

Drive, the Argentinian concept design.

September 6th, 2010

Design submitted by Francisco Lupin from Argentina.

A concept watch design that combines steel and leather creating a contrast. The time is shown traditionally with analogue hands and there are various dials and cogs to add interest. Read the rest of this entry »

VOLTure measures your electric charge.

September 3rd, 2010

Design submitted by Maciej Mandrysz from Poland.

This concept watch design is inspired by the look of voltmeter. It shows hours 3, 5, 7 and 9 with the dial in the center, and +1, +2 exact hours with the dial in left bottom corner. Minutes are shown simply by small digital display in right bottom corner. When the button on the front of the case is pushed, a brief animation illuminates the display before the time is shown.

Despite the claims of the page title, the watch doesn’t really measure any electric charge, it just looks like it could.

Interesting thought though, how many people would actually be interested in knowing the static charge they build up during the day?

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Pulse. For those who need reassuring they are still alive.

September 3rd, 2010

Design submitted by Tomek from Poland. (14 years old).

The interface on this concept watch design is like the display of an ECG showing electrical activity. The time is shown very simply; hours 1-12 on the top line, 10 minute groups , 10-50 on the center line and single minutes 1-9 on the lower line. The high and low points of each line indicate each hour and minute.

It’s quite a novel idea to apparently be checking your heart rate  when simply glancing at the time. Just remember that at 1:00 AM, its only a watch you are not really about to flatline!

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