Heather says :
I was looking at a digital clock whose traditional 7-segment digits were mostly trapezoidal, with a visible gap between the segments. I thought, “Why do the segments need to be trapezoids?” I sketched some digit layouts using various arrangements of seven polygon segments with pronounced spaces between them, until I came up with the CRAX digits.
It occurred to me that these digits could work well with either LCD or LED, so I sketched an example of each. In both versions of CRAX, the four digits of time are arranged in a rectangle – top two for hours, and bottom two for minutes.
In the LCD version, a rectangular border is drawn around the four digit display, bringing them together and making them appear to be rock formations protruding from the walls around them. The reader’s eye, then, is drawn to the cracks between the rock pieces, making the time appear quite cryptic indeed. In truth, the seven rock pieces (LCD segments) for each digit can easily be read to tell the time (see animation of how the digits were formed).
In the LED version, I envision a slim bracelet style watch, where the cracks between the digits are actually cracks built into the watch itself. The LEDs (7 for each digit) are therefore slightly elevated in comparison. The time can be read from the illuminated LEDs at a button press.
People who like cryptic looking, yet easy to read at a glance watch displays would appreciate the CRAX watch.
This design stands out because it has cryptic digits that can be easily applied to either an LCD or an LED display.
Design by Heather Sable [via]