Kinetic Art Watches by Humism

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“Bored with generic minimalism, we break a watch down to its fundamentals — the movement of time. We use time to do art, and use art to recapture time.”

Inspired by Kinetic Art and the possibilities of turning movement of time into art, Watch Design Studio Humism just launched 3 automatic watches on Kickstarter.

Designer David Sze: “We wanted to completely reimagine watch design, to create a timepiece that makes the most of this medium’s uniqueness. And the most unique and fundamental part of a watch, as we see it, is movement. We are inspired by the potential of using time’s movement to create visual beauty, and perhaps even philosophical meaning. In our design research, we were influenced by the Kinetic Art movement. Kinetic artists broke from traditional static art, and created art that produced beauty through movement.

Research took David two months. “I dug into the endless ways moving forms can overlap and intersect. More than a thousand drafts were created as ideas evolved. It didn’t help that I am a perfectionist, tweaking every detail and casting way too many prototypes to make sure each nanometer was perfect. I am proud to present three designs, the final evolutions of a year of inspiration.”

5% of the sales will be donated to The Red Pencil, a non-profit that uses arts therapy to help those suffering from emotional trauma.

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JQWL by Qing

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Qing is a graphic designer with a diploma in Visual Communication from Temasek Polytechnic School of Design. In 2016, she started a side project called JQWL (Jìng Qíng Wán Lè) in which she explores Chinese Typography with her own name 靖晴. “Through this project, I have learned to be more observant to the surroundings, as the graphics are inspired by what I have seen and experienced.”

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Spotted! Kyle Ngo

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Kyle Ngo is an independent graphic designer and photographer who graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Visual Communication Media Design. He is currently at the Glasgow School of Art, pursuing a degree in Communication Design.

Kyle about design: “Conventional design’s success is measured against how well it sells and how elegantly conflicts among aesthetics, production, usability and costs are resolved. Today’s designers need to be able to do more than solve known problems; they must be comfortable with uncertain opportunities and capable of inventing the unexpected by giving form to the ingenious. Design as critique can do many things – post questions, encourage thought, expose assumptions, provoke action, spark debate, raise awareness, offer new perspectives, and inspire. And even to entertain in an intellectual sort of way. Thus, my projects approach design as a form of critique rather than a method for problem-solving.

“My works explore, experiment and discover imaginary possibilities in the form of speculative design, new modernism and emerging technologies with relations to the cultural, social, technological, ethical and political implications,” he continues. “Crafting the coexistence of design in the here-and-now and yet-to-exist with physical presence that can locate in our present-day world, while their meaning, embodied values, beliefs, ethics, dreams, hopes and fears belong somewhere in the possible future.”

Every year, Kyle works on a personal project that reveals an unseen part of our society. Last year he teamed up with The Project X, a non-profit organization working with a small team of dedicated volunteers who walk the streets of Geylang to reach out to sex workers. “The project also aims to end the stigma and discrimination that results in physical, verbal, emotional and financial violence against sex workers in Singapore,” Kyle explains. “I conducted interviews and documented a series of photographs based on the lives of transgendered sex workers. Titled Sisters, my documentary photography project discovers this unseen part of Singapore. Being a sister in a conservative society like Singapore is a hard route to take. One of the many challenges that transgender women face is job discrimination. And for this very reason, many transgender women in Singapore become sex workers as sex work tends to be the only way they can earn a living.”

Kyle who describes himself as a postmodernist thinker, believes that design is not solely functional and usable, but can be a form of critique. “I am currently completing five projects that showcase these forms of discourses. One of my projects titled the WILD magazine, is a cultural and political gossip magazine that collects, analyses and presents fictitious stories about the current world. Bridging postmodernist thinking and aesthetics with present-day information, WILD blurs the confines of the real and imaginative news, breaks up conventional design phenomenon and seeks to redefine the aesthetics of cultural and political gossips with witty visual detritus within he society.”

 

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Spotted! ZZ

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DIY Paper Effigies (2017).
Paper offering construction kits, re-interprets the Chinese tradition of burning paper gifts through a hands-on and intimate process.

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Multi-Touch (2015).
Interactive sculptures stimulating gestures of scroll, flick and pinch, extracts the navigational language between our fingers and the smartphone screen out of its interface.

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Transparent Red Packet (2018).
Red packets made tinted and transparent, failing to conceal its monetary gift. Ultimately, it is the thought that counts.

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Wrong (Red Chair) (2017).
Wrong is a collection of objects common to an HDB void deck playfully altered, producing an awkward, absurd and surreal quality.

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慢 (2016).
Wristwatches pared down to a second hand, reminding you to stop chasing the minutes and live for the moment. Be slow.

“Straightforward, critical and witty, we are ceaseless producers of ideas that comment on society and everyday encounter in a frank and often humorous manner,” says Lim Zeharn, one half of creative studio ZZ.

Together with his twin brother Lim Zeherng, they combine studio art and design. “Our making ranges from disruptive and pattern-breaking artworks to the creative fields of art direction, print and packaging, photography, film and digital multi-media. In commercial projects, we hold a critical focus on constructing brand authenticity, identity to channel and communicate our clients’ core messages.”

 

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On Kickstarter! The Yaytray

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A team of three passionate creators just launched an all-in-one child feeding solution on Kickstarter. They hope that their Yaytray will help parents solve one of the problems of dining out with young kids.

(from the kickstarter page)

The Yaytray is an all-in-one compact food container that consist of a removable bowl with lid, two separate side compartments for utensil storage and utensils with boundless modular inserts. The container instantly converts to a full size and non-slip food tray instantly by opening the side flabs.

This product works so seamlessly as compared to the current fuss experienced by parents when they need to experience unavoidable food preparation, bulky bags due to different zip-lock storage as well as handling the rowdiness and hygiene during child feeding. Through our user testings, we are confident to say that Yaytray is a true Savior to this situation.

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