A Beautiful Analog Clock for Dummies Who Are Bad at Telling Time

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I have a confession to make, and I'm sure I'm not alone: I'm really bad at reading analog clocks. I learned how to when I was a kid, and I even wear an analog watch today, but some 15 years of digital crutches in between has made reading old-school clocks kind of a drag. You too? Well here's a clock for the both of us.

Created by industrial designer Sabrina Fossi, the "FreakishCLOCK" conveniently has but one hand. And while that traditional red stick traces progress through any given hour, a slotted cover turns behind it, blocking everything but the current hour. Who can't handle one hand and one number, right? Yeah, maybe you can't read the exact minutes but who cares. Quarter-hours are close enough.

Aside from the comparative ease of use—which you may or may not need—the FreakishCLOCK is also prettily simple. It's almost like one of those fancy minimalist clocks with no numbers on it, except it lends a helping hand. The clock is available for about $100 on Fossi's website and comes in six different flavors.


It's certainly a stylish little hack for bad analog -readers. But maybe we should just be staring at real clocks until we can read them like god damn adults. [Sabrina Fossi via Designboom]

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I prefer analogue clocks, they're a bit like pie charts; analogue clocks are similar to symbols...if that makes sense.

I think digital clocks are a step back, with analogue clocks, it's a lot easier to judge when a certain time will be or how long ago a certain time was.