The Broken Modernist Clock

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I was inspired by the appearance of the project ‘Time in Color’ by Scott Thrift. Scott tries to create a clock which represents a 24 hour day using sunrise / sunset like colors.

I wanted to take it further and make the gradient change according to time.

A sketch of what I wanted to make.

Top: AM
Bottom: PM

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As I began to code, the gradient became too overwhelming so I focused on the changing of color based on the mouse position.

I did this by tracking the angle of the mouse in relation to the center of the circle. However, the top and bottom were the same. Therefore, I had to use the ‘if’ function to distinguish the two.

To present the function ‘random’, I made the background different in greyscale each time the code is run.

To make it more fun and aesthetically appealing I experimented with the tracing of the mouse. This resulted in a Kandinsky mobile feel.

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This is the final output.

version 1:
version 2:

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