Brilliantly simple in theory but complex in execution, this clock by Humans Since 1982 is perhaps the ultimate dynamic design hybrid of the analog and digital ages – it tells digital-formatted time using a series of independently-rotating traditional analog clock dials.


Between two times, the clock faces execute complex patterns that are themselves visually engaging and the new time slowly emerges as the clock hands slowly shift into their new positions.


While still a prototype making its rounds at art exhibitions and digital design fairs, there would seem to certainly be a market for this novelty which blends the legibility and functionality of modern digital clocks with the traditional visual interest caused by movement within classic clock designs – a kind of grandfather clock with two-dozen hands as contemporary counterparts of classic gear systems.