Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam says: I was scribbling around for a time display, that would be cool as tattoo or graffiti, some sort of iconic symbol that would draw it’s justification from the look first, then by the hidden meaning.
The idea of stacking numbers isn’t new, but there are many ways how to do it. I chose a 12-5-9 time format and gave the numbers of each category different proportions. This is where the name PLUS comes from, because the first and the last digit have the opposite proportions and form a cross.
While the cross layout was an easy decision, the look of the numbers, the balance between them and the way how to make them distinguishable was highly experimental. So in the latest version the numbers have a thin border that helps figuring out the stacking and reading order – hours on top, minutes x 10 in the middle, single minutes on the bottom. So next to the different proportions, the stacking order tells which numbers mean what. I’ve added some 45° angles to the numbers, but only the bottom-left-to-top-right direction, to create a dynamic effect a little bit similar to italic typefaces.
The watch follows the style of the numbers. It’s rather simple with some sharp edges and 45° angles. Thanks to epaper it’s flat. The 11th hour’s numbers are extended as grooves in the straps while the whole watch is framed by number-colored lines.
I suggest epaper with a color film because colors are fun and epaper has a nice artistic appearance that fits to the tattoo and graffiti image that I have in mind.
The PLUS colored epaper watch would be for fans of symbols, icons, scribbling, graffiti and cryptic-at-first-but-actually-simple displays.