This past weekend saw the arrival of Daylight Savings Time (DST) in the U.S. and other countries. More than half of the world actually does NOT participate in DST (and not even all of the U.S.), and the practice has been scrutinized for some of the challenges and disruptions it creates. At least someone had the decency to set the time change for o’dark-thirty on a Sunday morning so most of us have a day to adjust. Works well for the perpetually late during the work week and those with a penchant for hibernating.
Keeping time goes back to the days of prehistoric man, when tracking the stars, sun, moon, and seasons became a way of planning activities surrounding daily life, farming, rituals, and events. Humans have denoted the passing of time with sundials, hourglasses, watches, and now our phones. Yearly calendars have also evolved over the centuries, from those like the lunar-based Chinese and Islamic calendars, to the Roman-turned-Julian version used worldwide.
Clock devices and calendars take many physical forms these days, which also means that they are perfect instruments for us to experiment with art and technology.
From the top:
DIY perpetual photo calendar – Photojojo shows you how to take your own photos and create this functional and beautiful wall calendar with endless visual possibilites.
Forest Clock by Decoylab – The look of intricate cut paper art in an awesome acrylic wall clock.
The Spiral Clock – Ingenious rotating clock that sold out of its first edition, but should be back later this year.
Maritime Pocket Sundial by Authentic Models – Authentic Models has some great illustrations for their kid products, which just make me want them for myself even more.
Enzo Mari perpetual calendar – Based on his 1959 design, this ruler-style sliding calendar is also a great art piece made from three types of wood.