Steve started off asking all our supporters about the date aperture and from that we received a number of comments about the minute disc and the combination of fonts on the prototypes we have been displaying. All the feedback has been very gratefully received.
One areas we have received consistent feedback on is the number of fonts we are using, many have said that 3 fonts is too many and we would agree. Believe it or not we have used only 2 fonts, the date and minute indexes are the same font with the hour differentiated with a contrasting font. That said, in hindsight, we can certainly see where this confusion has come from with our oversize numerals on the date disc.
But what we were not expecting was the number of comments about the minute disc, this has sent us back to the drawing board and we have come up with a few concepts, we would be delighted to receive your thoughts.
All the iterations make the minute display larger but the presentation if the minutes have different degrees of accuracy indicated on the index. Above is the least accurate where we have indicated the 2.5 minute point between the 5 minute numerals with a red dot.
Our intermediate solution here looks great and is really clean but whilst we call this an intermediate resolution it will indicate the time accurately. If we look at the minutes from 25 to 30, the numerals have been sized so that 25 is in the mid point between the 2 and the 5, and 26 is indicated on the very right hand side of the 5, 27 and 28 are shown by the index markers and 29 is the very left hand side of the 3 of the 30. Thus it is possible to tell the time accurately, this enlargement with the overlay will hopefully make the preceding explanation more clear.
Our final version provides the same degree of accuracy but is simpler to immediately understand with index marks for all minutes. In this representation the minute aperture is not large enough, but, should we choose this route, that will be fixed.
We are open to all your thoughts, please post them up on our website and we promise to take them all into consideration.
And a big thank you to all those who have already helped us, we love to hear from you.