We've all spent hours—maybe even days—of our lives cursing the slow crawl of the dreaded progress bar. But did you ever stop to think about how much worse it might be if the bar wasn't there in the first place. Fortunately, thanks to one grad student's genius idea back in the 80s, we'll never have to find out.
Despite leaps and bounds in the advancements in technology—we now have shiny little rectangles that respond to touch and voice and connect us to other people half way round the world!—one thing still sucks hard: stalled progress bars.
Most of us aren't morning people. It takes a cup or two of caffeine in our veins before we're fully functioning human beings. Show that you're on your way there with the progress bar on this cute cup cosy.
Progress bars aren't always accurate, but at least they're there, giving us hope, curing our angst, and mostly, diverting our attention from the fact that whatever it is, it isn't done. And soon, they will invade the meatspace.
This progress bar-inspired clock design from Mintpass actually includes a great idea: Clip up to 24 rewritable tabs onto the clock to mark appointments. It's a neat visual organizer on a clock that might otherwise be too gimmicky.