Time is not recyclable, but the way we track it could be. Rolling Time is an interactive desk calendar that substitutes traditional paper ones. With one base showing dates and two gears showing months and weekdays relatively, Rolling Time is a playful tool. Users can interact with it daily to keep track of the date, and enjoy the small “ritual” to mark the time flying as the gears rolling.
In this project, a linear system was firstly identified - over consumption of paper. The goal was to design an alternative to the linear system to convert it to a cyclic system that saves resources and energy, which is a constant concern of society in terms of sustainability. The final product was cast from aluminum and can be used in long term.
The initial idea of this project is to convert linear systems into cyclic systems. Sustainability is a constant concern of society, especially when it comes to resources and energy. In this project, firstly a linear system was identified - we consume a lot of paper and after the use they just go to waste. Even tho we could recycle paper, the energy and the resource consumption is still huge.
My goal is to design an alternative to the linear system in order to make it cyclic, which means the resources or energy used in the production/product can be reused or repurposed. I find an everyday used paper product - desk calendar, and designed it with cyclic thinking - in a way that we can use it every year without changing and made it by casting aluminium.
What if there is a kind of desk calender that we can use every year, every month and every day...
Firstly, I tried to make a sketch model that we could choose month and weekday and put it in specific date groove.
Then I refined the shape to make it more suitable for desktop and more interesting to use
3D model pattern
The prototype of Rolling Time is made by aluminum casting, since it's a 100% recyclable material and the manufacturing process is relatively simple and energy-saving. the 3D model pattern was made. to make the product lighter and more material saving I refine the backside of the 3D model. (picture to the right show the dimension and backside design)
The 3D model was printed and fixed so that it could be used as the pattern for casting aluminum.
casting & afterwork
The pattern was sent to the factory Rosengrens metallgjuteri in Malmö and an aluminium casting piece was finished.
After that I did some afterwork including a lot of sanding and polishing, as well as glassblasting and so on to make it a nice finish.