Design submitted by Sam from Germany
Sam says: KAKU is a 12-5-9 concept that uses kanji with different stroke counts instead of numbers. The inspiration came when looking up a kanji in a dictionary. The kanji were sorted by components, reading and also the amount of stokes, that are required to write them.
The interesting thing when learning to write kanji is, the stroke count is not always obvious. 口 for example has three strokes, not four since the upper and right one are written in a single movement.
This watch is for people who are interested in Japanese and Chinese language. If you have studied kanji already, that’s definitely an advantage. But don’t despair, even japanese don’t know the stroke order of every kanji. To help interpreting the kanji, I am suggesting an animation that builds up the time display stroke by stroke. Knowing the stroke order and the stroke count is needed to write kanji properly and to understand KAKU’s display.
For aesthetical reasons, I only chose symmetrical kanji for this vertical display. It looks more stylish and interesting. I wonder, if any of these kanji compositions are actual terms in japanese or Chinese. It would be interesting to figure them out to give the display a deeper meaning. Right now, every number is represented by a random kanji of the according stroke count.
Here are some symmetrical kanji examples for each number:
Zero is represented by a ・ which is not a stroke but a center dot and a commonly used character in Japanese.
Depending on the way, the kanji are pixelated, there can be found more symmetrical ones to create a bigger diversion or to really find existing kanji compositions.