How can I create a clock which shows recognition to a design
AOI Focus: Human Ingenuity –Who are the famous designers of my chosen
design period? What made them famous? How can a clock reflect their
- Appreciation of aesthetics in design.
- How are designs chosen in the genre of chosen style?
- All designs have aesthetic value.
- We identify aesthetics by understanding fashion and style
The Red Dot Museum in Singapore is holding an exhibition of clock designs through the ages
and has asked the students of AIS to design and make a clock, using recycled materials,
which is based on a particular design period. They are particularly interested in pop art,
Victorian and de stijl inspired designs.
Design Brief: What am I going to do to solve the situation?
I am going to design, plan and create a clock for the Red Dot Museum of Singapore. I am
particularly interested in the De stijl design period. I like its use of bright vivid colours bright
vivid colours and its simplicity. I will still need to research more famous pieces from the
design period in order to make a clock that relates to de stijl.
Research and guiding questions:
- What materials can I use?
- What are the needs of the red dot museum?
- What aesthetic properties should I have?
- What is the function of the clock?
- Will it be safe?
De Stijl mood board:
Name: De Stijl
Famous art work: red and blue chair
The red and blue chair was designed in 1917 by Gerrit Rietveld. It is considered by many to
be one of the first pieces of artwork in the de stijl movement. It originally comprised of
unstained beech wood and wasn’t painted until the early 1920’s. It was paitned because
one of Gerrit Rietveld’s coleagues thought that it lacked colour. He built this new model out
of a much finer wood and only used the primary colours of the se stijl movement. It is now
in the Museum of Modern Art. In 2008 the chair was nearly burnt in a fire however it was
rescued by firefighters.
Famous artwork from the de stijl movement.
Picture Information Plus Minus Interesting
Composition The colours are The colours This one of the
C, Piet faded, making it used are all few pieces of art
Mondrian easier for the primary colours from de Stijl that
numbers on the making the doesn’t use bold
clock stand out. artwork look colours which I
It is plain and not think will suit my
‘predictable’ interesting. Also clock design
and not there are no more.
Composition There is a lot of Colours are I think I will
in Red, Blue white space scarce making mainly use these
and Yellow, which I think the art seem kinds of lines and
Piet suits my clock boring. textures because
Mondrian Really well as even though I
the numbers think it is boring,
will stand out. I think it would
be perfect for a
Trafalgar This design is Contrary to my This is what I will
square, Piet very similar to last piece, I probably use in
Mondrian the last one and think that these my design.
I think that this colours are
is what I would actually quite
go for because nice, there are
the white space no negatives.
Victorian mood board
Famous art work: The Crossing sweeper
The Crossing Sweeper was considered ground breaking in its time because of what it
represented. It represented the collision of wealth and poverty on a street in London. It was
painted in 1858, in the middle of the Victorian era. It was painted by William Powell Firth,
who painted many other famous Victorian inspired paintings.
Picture Information Plus Minus Interesting
A clock at a It uses roman It’s simple and The Roman
train station. numerals, modern and I numerals are
which really don’t think it something I
reflects on the fits the time would seriously
Victorian period. consider if I
design period. went with this
A typical It is elegant and It is made of I like the
Victorian has patterns on brass and Gold, patterns, which I
clock it. which I don’t might en grave
have access to. into my wood
A standing It is a desk It is once again It uses roman
clock clock and made out of numerals which I
resembles a expensive think I will
grand-father materials. include in my
Art Deco Mood Board
Name: Art deco
Existing clock designs
An analog or analogue clock is a clock that tells the time using angles. It does this by having
two hands move around 360 degrees in a circle at different speeds. The shorter smaller arm
or ‘hand’ moves slower and indicates the hour of the day. The longer arm moves much
faster and indicates how many minutes have passed in that hour. The On an analogue clock
there are usually 12 numbers printed on the ‘face’ of the clock. The 12 numbers represent
the 12 hours; however there are 24 hours in a day, so the cycle must occur twice for a day
to be complete. The interior of a clock uses slow moving gears to rotate the hands.
A grandfather clock is very similar to an analogue clock but instead of being controlled by a
series of gears, it has a pendulum that swings every second making a ‘tick’ and rotating the
hands. It is the largest of any clock and is regarded as being expensive and regal. However I
don’t think I will do a grandfather clock because it doesn’t relate to the de stijl design
Plywood Plywood is a really good option to use as it comes in multiple thicknesses
and is very flexible. It also doesn’t splinter and is a very cheap wood to
use. It is made out of thin sheets of wood veneer. The grains are
perpendicular to each other.
Radiata Pine Radiata pine is really good for screws and nails. It also varnishes ell and
holds paint very well.