Bit of Time is a time piece influenced by designer Dieter Rams and his 10 principles of good design. Dieter Rams is a German Industrial Designer who believes design is a process to create thoughtful products that improve people's lives. He developed his 10 principles as a guideline, which all his designs had to fulfill.
These 10 principles are:
During the ideation process, I explored many different types of time pieces. Some of these were alarm clocks, wall clocks, watches, and stop watches. At first, many concepts were very influenced aesthetically by Dieter Rams' design language. However, as I developed more and more concepts, and played with different materials, my design language was incorporated, creating different design aesthetics.
These quick and simple pink foam and play-doh models are some of the many quick prototypes I did to study and compare possible shape, size, feeling, aesthetic, and purpose/function of the time piece.
The materials I decided to use for the final prototype are wood, paper, and acrylic. Moreover, I was challenged to build the final prototype in four days, only using very basic tools like sanders, bend saws, and a Dremel tool... well, Challenge Accepted!
I decided to develop this concept because of the functionality of having the exposed gear. The purpose of the gear is to allow the user to change time, without having to take down or turn around the clock. I believe this design does fulfill most of Dieter Rams' 10 principles of good design and includes my own design style and taste.