Today, I’m ready to share something that I’ve been working on for the past two months and thinking about for the past five years.
It's called Year.li, and it's an annual clock.
I’ve always been obsessed with finding ways to express impossibly large expanses of time. Year.li is my first realisation of that; a simple, no-frills clock whose hand revolves once a year, starting and ending at 00:00 UTC on January 1st.
Although impossible to see its hand move at any given moment, the clock reminds us of the inexorable nature of time. Immediately, we are all part of its story. Our pasts, presents, and futures are wound-up in its digital clock-face; a time-keeper for us all.
Where was Year.li’s hand pointing when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, or when trench warfare ceased for the Christmas Truce? Where was the hand pointing when Tutankhamun's tomb was unearthed, or when the first African American President was sworn into office?
Where was the hand pointing when you were born? When you had your first kiss? Where will it point when you land your dream job, or tick another item off your bucket list?
Some of these landmarks and achievements I’ll be sharing on Twitter over the course of the next 365 days.
Bringing something new into the world is always a scary process. I hope you like Year.li and find some value in its creation.
To me, it’s a unifying symbol, a rallying cry for care and long-term thinking. There’s a meditative simplicity to its design; an overseer, driving us forward together.
Year.li runs according to the Gregorian calendar and automatically corrects itself to UTC and doesn’t jump forwards or backwards with daylight savings. Whether you’re in Beirut or Budapest, Kolkata or Calgary, you see the same display as everyone else in the world.
Right now, Year.li is waiting patiently for its new year, at which point it will begin ticking.
Whatever you’ve spent the past fortnight doing or celebrating, I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Here’s a toast to 2018 and to the adventures, fortunes, and challenges it has in store for us all. I hope you can make Year.li a part of them.
Happy New Year!