About time was Ian’s graduate project at the Royal College of Art. It explored how our relationship with time affects our consumption, by playing with alternative ways of displaying and recording time.
Through a series of experiments, Ian developed a set of alternative timepieces that instead of showing time, revealed hidden information about how time is spent. These timepieces use concealed electronics, historic smartphone data and analog ritual to highlight the result of our actions, providing an important point of reflection on one’s behaviour and perception.
The three timepieces are titled Pace, Plenty and Play, and represent the future, present and past respectively. The Play timepiece reveals a long term balance of time spent working and playing. Plenty shows a current quantity of work and encourages a clearing ritual to allow reflection. Pace provides a slow pendulum swing as a reminder of intent for future behaviour.