Archive for December, 2005
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
One of the things we’re experimenting with is “dome-ifying” Clocky’s wheels to help him stay moving should he land on his side when rolling off a night stand. Here’s a sketch of the change we’re considering.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
We want to share the look we’re going with for Clocky’s face. We’re getting closer to the final version of what will soon be Clocky’s face and body shape. The “eyes” will be two buttons for setting the time and alarm, and Clocky’s “mouth” is a display.
Saturday, December 17th, 2005
We wanted to share a drawing of Clocky’s mechanics. We’re going to start making and testing prototypes very soon.
Sunday, December 11th, 2005
We’re trying to nail down what Clocky’s face might look like in these look-and-feel 2D illustrations before finalizing Clocky in 3D. What do you think of the different designs?
Saturday, December 10th, 2005
We’re humbled to be included as part of New York Times Year In Ideas magazine this year. They created some great artwork for our piece too! On newsstands now, and online here. Click to read more about what Clocky does, and how Gauri was inspired by kittens when creating him.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
Hi everyone. As promised, we want to start sharing with you snippets from the design phase of Clocky. In finalizing a design for Clocky, we’ve been very inspired by the Japanese style called “Kawaii” (translated means “cute” or “adorable”)[*].
“Kawaii” developed as an underground trend in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Taking cues from Western culture and style, teens began writing left to right and adding cute, child-like flourishes to traditional Japanese characters (like hearts, smiley faces, and western letters). While at first, it was looked down upon by adults, it was quickly picked up by advertisers and was used on packaging, and in magazines, and comic books. Large round faces and heads, wide-set eyes, and big foreheads are all characteristics of Kawaii-style toys and cartoons; these traits make the characters more child- or baby-like (and ultimately, more cute). Read more about Kawaii on wikipedia.
Here we are exploring Clocky’s character:
Here is the toy look book we’re using for inspiration. You can really see how much we love the Kawaii style:
Friday, December 2nd, 2005
When asked this morning on the Today Show if she wanted a Clocky, Katie Couric said, “Yeah! It would wake me up!” Check out Clocky’s appearance this morning below:
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