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Today

Created by Scott Thrift

Today
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1,435 backers pledged $284,702.00 on Kickstarter

The 24-hour timepiece beautifully designed to change the way you see your day.

Raised in Kickstarter
$284,702.00 / 1,435 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$56,000.00 / 1,542 backers

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Have a New Year
about 1 month ago – Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:39:59 PM

If you remove the two and zero, it's easy to imagine that the whole of human civilization just turned 18. Kind of makes sense, no? Imagine how much more stable we will be as an Earth-based civilization at 35?   45?   75?

2018 Typeface by Alex Trochut

18 months ago you got behind the idea of simplifying the way we see the day. 

As of TODAY, everything has shipped.
I held back on this update so that I could say everything, so yes, everything.

If you do not have a notification with a tracking number, please let me know. 
now@thepresent.today

Thank you for your patience (and not asking for a refund) as I pulled this thing to the finish line. There have been and will continue to be shipping mistakes. Seriously, if you got your clock without a hitch and it works properly, you have been witness to a small miracle.

Now, there are only a handful of timepieces left, so if you planned on getting an extra one for yourself or a friend, please visit my site, timeincolor.com and get one for yourself or someone else you love.

 

Occasionally I had the good conscience to film some of the processes. This is a montage of the past 8 months so you have a peek at what went down to get that box to your door.

Is my timepiece a limited edition?

Technically speaking, yes. Here are the numbers of clocks I made in 2017.

TODAY 1200

ThePresent 600

TODAY (Open) 650

ThePresent (Open) 250

TODAY (Desk) 2500

ThePresent (Desk) 250

TOTAL 5,450 timepieces.

These were all made and shipped to 52 countries between May 2017 and yesterday.

Is TODAY supposed to represent an accurate portrayal of sunrise and sunset? 

Not exactly, it is meant to suggest a more poetic take on the way a day on Earth moves. In the same way ThePresent is a poetic interpretation of the seasons, TODAY is reminiscent of sunrise and sunset but only to the degree with which it illuminates that natural balance. 

Oops, I’ve dropped it and it’s broken, can I pay to have it fixed? 

Yes, I would be happy to refurbish any part of your clock at any point in its lifetime. I’ve replaced the glass on a handful of clocks already and have even replaced two movements that suffered from battery leaking. This is why it is good to keep the main box if at all possible. I expect your timepiece to be operational for many decades to come, as long as you change the batteries (once every 2-3 years for TODAY, once every 3-4 years for ThePresent) there is little reason why it should not last a lifetime. 

 

What do I hang this with? 

Care.

Please treat it as you would any work of art by making sure you are either drilling into a stud or you are using an anchor set for drywall or brick. I highly recommend using screws unless you are an art hanging whizz.

Where do people usually hang it? Can I hang it in direct sunlight? 

The print is designed to relish direct sunlight. I don’t recommend having it in sun all day, but for some part of the day, it is more than okay, it is recommended. The print truly comes to life in pure sunlight. As far as where you should hang it securely, stay away from areas with high humidity or rapidly shifting temperatures. In other words, it will look good in the kitchen but you don’t want it right next to where you steam your broccoli. 

I’ve put the batteries in but nothing seems to be happening. 

To ensure that there is a solid connection between the battery and the metal components inside the battery compartment, please “roll” the battery in place until it feels “locked” into place. Sometimes when you insert a battery it will need to be “rolled” in place until it feels like the strongest connection has happened. 

If this doesn't work, remove the batteries and try again. ThePresent auto-sets itself. TODAY is manual set only, so it's best to insert the battery at noon. If you wonder if ThePresent is working, you can always watch the back where a small green LED light goes off every 60 seconds. It is possible to confirm that TODAY is working by observing the small blue wheel on the back, which moves silently every second. Still, have an issue? Contact me.

Can I clean and touch the face of my open desk clock or wall clock?

Absolutely. The face of your timepiece was “Reverse-Printed” which means that the ink is protected beneath the proprietary matte film. So no amount of rubbing, even with a damp cloth, will mar the print in any way. The edge detail is strong but if you pick at it with a fingernail or tool, it is possible to ruin the print so please be kind to the edge of your open clock. Dropping it will almost certainly result in a damaged print.

 

How do I clean the steel and glass version? 

A damp cloth will be all you need to wipe down the steel versions of both timepieces. 

Will the brass “feet” of the Desk Clock scratch my desk? 

If you set it down gently and take care not to drag it across the table, it will be fine. 

The desk clock has tipped over several times, any tips on preventing any tips? 

The method of stabilization for the desk clock is elegant to the degree of being precarious. I do not recommend having the desk clock on a surface that is not completely stable. One good bump and the desk clock might make a run for the door.

Honestly, please take care of it and remember that you can use the desk version as a wall clock. 

Wait one second, my clock is not perfect, I’ve found a small scratch on the back and dent on the edge of the rim?! 

If you look closely enough, you can find a problem with every, single, clock. That I can promise you. Perfection only exists in the mind. Though I strove for high quality at every level, there are serious limitations to a project of this scale. I ordered 2000 clocks, 1200 TODAY clocks and 800 ThePresent clocks. Get this, they actually did not deliver 200 of ThePresent clocks that I paid for which is why there are so few ThePresent clocks left over (24 at the time of this writing). If cosmetic errors did not alter the function of the clock, especially on the back, which will only be seen for a few minutes of the clocks lifetime, I had to approve, pack and ship it. This was never an operation where I thought I would be able to order hundreds of extras just in case there were scratches. I had to use "the whole buffalo". The art is in the experience of having a new format of time to reference in your life. 

The thing I want to know about isn't in this update, can I email you with my question?

Always.

This is me in late October making the last of the Open Style TODAY's. It is revealing of the sort of thought process I went through continually as I made each timepiece. Unless there is some larger than life aspiration, I don't think it would be possible to produce the number of timepieces I produced this year. 

Are there any cuts in this video?

No.

Oh okay, is it super boring?

Yes.

Are you going to take some time off?

No.

Will you make different designs, different colors?

Yes.

Will this be the last update?

No.

Do you still like us?

So much.

Will you launch another Kickstarter at some point?

Probably.

What's the deal with the public scale version?

I've done the research and it's totally possible to transform the only remaining street clock in Brooklyn into Time in Color.

It's a block away from my apartment and I've been looking at this clock since 2004. It has never been operational. It is mechanically dead, culturally dead and is a drag on the consciousness of the community, that has to see it in disrepair every day.

I want to bring it to life by replacing the faces on both sides with ThePresent and TODAY.

 

However, with ThePresent, I will alter the colors to be more accurate to the seasons in NYC.

What I'm envisioning is a Climate Clock version of ThePresent.

It will look like ThePresent and move like ThePresent but the face will be custom made to represent the averages of shifting seasons over time. This way, we can have a map of the seasons as they stand now so that in ten years time, we can see how the climate changes and become more informed on a fundamental level about the world we live on. Ideally, I make this one a reality in NY and then do one in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

 

Imagine for a moment that we are able to get these public scale versions of the clock in different cities. Tourists could visit the clock in the town square and get a very real sense of how the seasons change by looking at ThePresent which is custom designed to represent the changes of the seasons in that location. This way, the tourist could understand where they are in the grand scheme of that location, on the planet. By seeing this singular vision of time in multiple locations around the world, we will come to know the planet better. You will be encouraged to believe that every city, no matter how diverse or strange is all on the same planet.

This is meant to be an equalizing force, as it is the simple force of nature. Time is one of the few things everyone agrees on regardless of age, race, religion or nationality. Isn't it about time we build on that fact and expand our awareness? Imagine that you just had a baby or are about to have a child. Why on Earth would you deny this kid a deeper understanding of the planet and how it changes? Imagine growing up with access to a total of three dimensions of time, each as valid as the next. 

Everything has changed except for the device we use to measure change. 

Time in Color is complementary to the existing order of Time in Black and White. 

ThePresent and TODAY help to humanize our comprehension of time.

These are mockups but you get the point. Imagine the faces lighting up at night slowly as it gets dark, just like your computer screen!

I am deeply interested in making this a reality and would love to bring it to life with your help. Whether it is this specific street clock or not, I'm beginning to believe that the pictures below are the best insight I have into 2018 and beyond.

 

 There would be a small sign on the clock explaining both faces.

 

I had to stay away from email towards the end to be able to finish the project. So if you were waiting to hear back from me on something I'll be responding over the next two revolutions of TODAY.

What else?

I wonder if there isn't a new way to seize the moment at birthday parties. The birthday song/moment we all do is a profound example of how little we try to make our moments matter.

Imagine after everyone sings that droning melody, we all hold hands in a circle around the one who is being honored. One person (not the one being honored) has to MC the moment. While holding hands, the MC starts a low rumble in their voice that is joined by the other guests.

As it slowly builds over 8-10 seconds our voices harmonize and get higher in pitch as we raise our hands together. The one who is having the birthday party should slowly turn in place. It feels like a slow-motion chant, but it is just one tone that gets rises in pitch. Once we reach the top we let our hands down, the birthday person stops and opens their eyes. Whoever they see first in the circle has to begin the process of briefly stating why they like the birthday person. The honored then turns to each person in the circle to receive confirmation, love, and encouragement from friends and family. This is meant to move the honored to tears. Tears both for confronting such intimate truths and tears for the sorrow of so many birthdays gone that didn't have half the heart of this one. It's the same moment, we just approach it differently. When the circle is finished, there is a big group hug. The moment leaves us renewed and has us looking forward to trying the same thing at the next birthday party they attend.

What separates us from history repeating itself, is the conscious application of rituals that give our lives context to the world we inhabit now. 

I don't know if anyone will actually try the birthday thing but I do know that all of you are consciously applying a new ritual around time.

It might be the most low-effort ritual possible as it only requires you to glance at it every now and then.

And every now and then, I hope it's able to show you a different side of time. 

With gratitude and joy,

Scott Thrift

January 10th, 18

 

Space and Time
3 months ago – Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 12:12:31 AM

 

 

Do these look ridiculous to you or is it just right? 

Or is it just right because it's ridiculous?

I mean, I know this next one looks ridiculous but it is on purpose.

 

 

 

On Thanksgiving, I moved into a new space. This is the fourth space during the timespan of this project. 

this is the before - I don't have the after yet
this is the before - I don't have the after yet

The entire project has been processed to the point where it now only fills a 24' truck to the brim. 

 

Yesterday, after organizing the room and making space, I took some photographs of the finished timepieces. 

The shoot lasted from here

to here.

Inspired by the new packaging I lit each timepiece in a controlled environment against black fabric backdrop. Space was made in each composition for room to superimpose distant stars as a backdrop. It is only natural to have stars, but how does it make you feel?

Does this next one, for instance, look cartoonish in a bad way or a good way? 

Would this be laughed off the digital pages of Design Milk?

I'm hoping it brings some fun and humor to the grandiose ambitions of Time in Color.

SHIPPING DETAILS

Here are the facts to my best estimates:

293  Americans are waiting for TODAY. You will be getting shipping notices in the next two weeks.

You can now visit timeincolor.com for more current updates on progress. I don't want to have to make a far-reaching Kickstarter update unless I have significant news. Here is the significant news.

All 264 International supporters who expected a single TODAY, you should have them now or in the next week!

All backers who expect (2 x TODAY) there are 45 preorders like yours in total. Box number 26/45 is on the pallet. The double boxes weigh 6kg and are 15x15x10 inches. They will all be picked-up on December 1st and ship the end of the following week. 

Twenty-five of the forty-five 2xTODAY boxes for international backers are also expecting 1xThePresent. These will be sent in two separate packages and may or may not arrive at the same time. As always, a tracking number will be sent to your email address to notify any package that is on its way.

There are 17 people waiting on ThePresent as a Desk Clock. There are also 07 people waiting on ThePresent Desk Clock for the Southern Hemisphere. These will all ship in mid-December and that will wrap up the OPEN* style clocks.

Taken on 11.18 at 5:40 Half of this is now complete
Taken on 11.18 at 5:40 Half of this is now complete

If you get an address confirmation email more than once please forgive it as I am being extra careful not to have returns as they come with a large additional fee from the shipping facility to process. 

Again, I am not putting shipping labels on these boxes. My job is to get them to the shipping facility safe and as soon as it is possible. The items become a part of an inventory and then I send you an address confirmation email. After two days where you are able to change your address, I upload a detailed spreadsheet of everybody's name, address, country etc and the system takes over. 

I don't know who made this but it is watercolor and it is extraordinary
I don't know who made this but it is watercolor and it is extraordinary

The last time I sent an update I was painfully frustrated with the fact that the project has been delayed to the point where I am forced to rush it all into place at great costs for which I no longer have resources to handle.

A few people reached out and one of them sent me $500. On the day that happened, I had just heard the $627 price it would cost to have a shipping company grab the pallets of inventory. I had already turned down the $627 offer as I felt it was just too much of a stretch and decided I would drive them out to the shipping facility myself again. Having the extra capital gave me the confidence to move forward and order the pick-up of all six pallets. 

And once you start "thinking-in-pallets" you can't go back.

 

WALL OF TEXT

Part of my frustration and yes, let's face it, desperation, on the last update was that I was highly aware of why I am in the position I am in. As I am wrapping and packing I'm traveling back in time and then retracing my steps to find out precisely why I'm still trying to finish. A lot of the pressure in my attitude was coming from the vendors who want to continue making more clocks. But as I'm wrapping them up, a whole year after I expected to be wrapping them, I can see hindsight so clearly.  I remember being excited in July 2016 that I would have some "close to finished samples" in October with the first 500 ready for assembly in December 2016. 

As you well know, the samples did not come in October, they arrived in December and between you and I they had promise, but I was in shock at how far it seemed they still had to go. 

After apologizing on video to over 65 backers and promising that it would ship in March, by the end of January several of the vendors had fixed one problem and created three others. That went on until late May. The clocks were not produced until August and the first batch of 90 cartons arrived on September 10th. Add to the delays the fact that 6/10 assembled clocks need to be reassembled to be presentable and you start to wonder why you would ever consider working with those vendors ever again. 

Nevertheless, the pressure to order more clocks became deafening. Part of why we have to examine each clock is to be recompensated somehow by getting credit for every clock we have to open up as that means I paid twice for assembly. 

Luckily or unfortunately I can't tell, the budget ran out about three weeks ago and it forced the issue. I am happy with the finished product but I cannot, in good conscience continue to work with most of the key vendors that made this project a reality. 

I knew that I was going to regret it if I did ask for help and regret it if I did not ask for help. It took a few days for the absurdity and embarrassment of it all to settle in after posting. The incredulous voice in my head sounded something like this, "Here is a guy who asks for $24,000 and gets $284,000 and now he has the gall to ask for more help? When there are natural disasters and war and homelessness this guy wants another $20,000 ?! How about I give you $20,000 in wooden nickles you selfish artist."

Something like that. 

I take comfort in the knowledge that no one could as creatively crush my spirit in the unique way I do myself all the time. Sure, I heard that feeling loop around in the days after posting. 

Was that sentiment experienced by one of 1500 watching me do the 'beg' part of the three-act play Beg, Borrow, Steal? Almost certainly. Does it matter? Almost certainly not. Yes, it's a bit uncouth but I believe I would have regretted it more if I didn't challenge myself to be honest about the circumstances. I was already beginning to feel that I wasn't sharing enough of what is actually happening because I've chosen to shield you from the grief.

Like anything that is worth doing, this project has been hit by so many surprise costs that I'm no longer surprised at the costs. Having a number like $284,000 online makes doing business with people even more complicated than it usually is. 

Can you imagine going into business with someone and before starting any conversations you show them your bank account? That is exactly what it's like to manage a successful Kickstarter project. People think you've won the lottery. In my case, I undersold the clocks at such low prices that I cut my own hamstrings before running a marathon. I've lost a total of 30 lbs in the past 6 months and I was a pretty skinny guy to start with. I simply don't have an appetite, all I can think of is delivering at any cost. My temper is short, my default is selfishness in service of the goal and I miss who I used to be before all of this madness. Even typing this, feels like I should be packaging instead. When I'm sleeping I'm dreaming of packing the clocks onto the pallets. 

My contingency was being able to sell through the remaining clocks. A part of me wishes I would have refrained from asking for help and just held my horses until I was ready to begin pre-orders and ready to ship sales again. But I decided to confront the issue instead of hiding and waiting to see.

CONTEXT

What was weird about me asking for help was that I removed the context from that video. It was me talking clearly for 18 minutes. After wanting to post the full eighteen-minute clip, I quickly decided to chop it up into bits so that people might watch it. 

I think I am going to get all of these clocks out by mid-December. I wound up getting a small business loan to cover the costs of shipping the clocks and staff to help complete it all. If I can sell the inventory I have left in the next few months, I may have a chance to break even. In fact, the day this clock project from 2012 makes its first debt-free dollar, is a day I will consider a major milestone.

I'm growing something here that has the potential to help people form healthier relationships with time and therefore with each other. In speaking to you over the past year here, I've been a little unsure what the dynamic is between us and so I wanted to test the water. I wanted to know if anyone is out there who wanted to get more involved. I asked for the actual amount I need to close the project was a way of revealing the level of magnitude at play here. My instinct was that if I was a Kickstarter backer of this project and I had the means to help this art project excel, to make a difference in the world in a fun way, I would reach out to me and see if there is something I can do to help. I was trying to call forward anyone out there who is watching and wants to get more involved, that was it.

Everyone who backed this project has my back, you're the backers! And I'm sorry if I put you in an uncomfortable position of wanting to say you 'have my back' but not being able to give more than you already have. It was not thought through completely and sent in haste. 

I didn't mean to make anyone uncomfortable by bringing up money and worse, by asking for more of it on top of what was initially raised. However, I believe in the long-term benefit and viability of this idea. I have borrowed capital to complete these projects in the past, I've made good on those loans and before going into the land of high-interest loans, it didn't seem too strange to turn to you first. 

I did think it was possible to make this happen so much sooner and with so much more grace. I trusted someone, who trusted someone who let us both down. As of Wednesday, November 22nd I will no longer be working with that team. 

As soon as I get these timepieces delivered I am going to figure out what is next.

I would like to know what you think about using the stars in the main photography. Is it good? Bad? In between? It won't need to be the permanent motif but it would be helpful to stick to a particular voice over the next 24 months or so. If you saw this on your favorite design blog would laugh at it, with it or just think, hmmm I don't know or I like it!

When I got home late last night I made this piece of audio. It is just some fun theatrical thing I did to remind myself of the bigger picture. Not required listening.

It's some sort of allegory where the train = time as we know it, time in black and white and the hills = TODAY and the mountains = ThePresent. 


THANK YOU

timeincolor.com

Thank you, I know I am hard on myself, I don't know how else to be.  I would love to learn how to not be so hard on myself and I'll look into it as soon as this thing is complete. I wish there was a class called "How to not be so hard on yourself."

I hope you aren't being too hard on yourself and these timepieces bring some much needed space to your time.

Scott Walker Thrift

Saving Daylight. Spending Money.
3 months ago – Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 11:02:51 PM

 

Daylight Saving?

The video above describes the stance TODAY is taking on Daylight Savings Time.

Yes, so if you already have TODAY, wait until it's noon or midnight and set it correctly using the blue dial on the back of the movement. 

When "Spring Forward" happens in March, leave the hand on TODAY as is and take notice. The hypothesis being that, come Spring, you may not have the desire to set TODAY forward. I haven't tried this yet so I am curious how it might go as well.

If you're one of the 884 people still waiting on TODAY, simply pop in a battery at noon as we are already in Standard Time.

Speaking of waiting, here are the numbers.

It's going slow but it is happening. I've hired three people to help and I'm spending the extra money to have inventory pick-up instead of me renting a truck and driving it there.

All 71 International 11" Open style TODAY's are wrapped in a pallet and will be picked up today for delivery to the shipment facility. They will need Monday and Tuesday to ingest before beginning to ship Wednesday.

The same schedule goes for the first 264 TODAY clocks which are ready and on palettes being picked up today. They will also begin shipping next week and it will be international first.

I have 36/250 of the double orders completed. These are the boxes with two glass clocks, (1) ThePresent and (1) TODAY. 

It weighs 14 lbs and it's 15"x15"x10"

 


More boxes and packing materials arriving today. 

 

I'd like to introduce you to business model of  

Time in Color, PBC

Private Installations fund Public Installations 

10,000 private installations  = 1 public installation 

There are currently over 7,500 installations across 52 countries

 

 

Are watching this and thinking, "Is there some way I can help Scott?"   

The answer is yes and the way to help, if you are someone with the means to do so,  is to grant a small personal loan to me off the collateral of the remaining clocks. The estimate for the cost of shipping out everything to 52 countries is $32,000. 

That does not include the extra staff I have hired or all the incidentals of boxes, wadding, courier services etc estimated at $7,500.
 All of my money is in the shape of clocks right now and I'm having a hard time convincing shipping companies to let me pay them in timepieces. I'm not embarrassed to ask for help like this, it's what Kickstarter is based on. 

I'm disappointed to no end with the way this went down this year - but the final product is right on the money.  

In 2012 I took a personal loan from someone for $56,000 to wrap up the project. I paid them back $20,000 in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2015 I took on a $50,000 personal loan that I've already paid back with 4% interest. I can provide reference letters if needed. I have roughly close to $50,000 in post Kickstarter inventory that will be finished and ready to move in late January. 

I'm currently looking for one backer to front $20,000 against the collateral of the unsold clocks, or for 10 backers to front $2,000. You get the idea. 

In 2018 I will be running the small seed round for Time in Color, but in the very near meantime though, an influx of working capital would do wonders for delivering on time right now. 

The money would immediately go to hiring two more assistants bring the total to five short term employees who are examining and fixing the surprise cosmetic assembly process, helping me pack and allowing me to hire a shipping service to pick up and deliver the pallets to the shipping facility. 

If this is you and you want to help, please email me, right now, at 

now@thepresent.today 

With the subject line:  I've got your back

If you want to help in the softest terms possible, simply continue your gracious display of patience, thank you.
 

I will have an e-commerce site up soon if you want to help that way (wanted to have site ready for this update but my clone is still is still about 24 years away from existing) 

If you are waiting on your clock and you feel like you should have it, but don't, please do email me. It may take me 48-hours to respond. 

NO clocks with glass have been shipped, that won't happen for the first time till next week and those will be internationals.  

I'm certain there are typos. 

gotta go 

scott  

Cosmetic Assembly
4 months ago – Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 11:22:16 PM

There is so much going on that a text update is not enough.

 

1 carton = 5 clocks

90 cartons of steel and glass clocks arrived on September 8th 

100 cartons of steel and glass clocks arrived on September 26th.

Ran out of space at Kickstarter and had to relocate to a new office.

this is about 80 cartons a few days before another 170 were due to arrive
this is about 80 cartons a few days before another 170 were due to arrive

 

170 cartons of steel and glass clocks arrived on October 13th to that office.

Everything has now arrived.

Hang on a moment, let's just savor that sentence. 

Everything has now arrived.

That's a sentence I've been waiting to write for over a year.

The news flash is that the assembly firm was not able to deliver at the level of quality we demand. We did everything we could to ensure that this did not happen but it has. 

COSMETIC ASSEMBLY

A new assembly process has been formulated and performed for the past month and will continue over the next 6-8 weeks. It seems that 8 out of every 10 clocks require some degree of delicate cosmetic touch-ups. This is certainly not ideal and I am moving fast to hire more help to get through and pack as many clocks as possible. I will not be waiting until I have ALL of them done before shipping. I will be driving ready-to-ship boxes out to the facility when I reach 250 individually packaged and boxed units.

Though I am individually boxing them, I am smart enough to not try to print shipping labels and send each one out myself. So what happens is that I build up enough to fit into a cargo van then make my way an hour east to drop them all off. 

Backers who purchased single TODAY 11" open wall clocks, at least 70% of the 258 of you will have a shipping notice by the end of the week.

Antipodeans, please hang in there, your flipped faces are special orders and I don't want to make the mistake of accidentally sending a northern hemisphere version. 

Anyone else out there waiting on bamboo based versions, 

TODAY 5" Desk Clocks      98% have shipped

ThePresent 5" Desk Clock 95% have shipped

yes, this is out of focus
yes, this is out of focus

ThePresent 11" Wall Clock  90% have shipped

TODAY 11" Wall Clock        50% have shipped 

(50% accounts for double shipment of ThePresent and TODAY - single 11" units will begin shipping later this week)

TODAY                              0% have shipped

ThePresent                       0% have shipped

All steel and glass clocks are locked up in a process of filtering through the units. 

We cannot afford to take this kind of hit long-term (we will make it work right now) and must write detailed reports that itemize specific issues we find with the clocks. Only if we take the time to record the status of every clock we pull out of a box will we ever be able to be reimbursed for their subpar job. The real truth of the matter is that ultimately we have to build two assembly processes into the budget and manufacture of these clocks from here on out. 

Manufacturing Assembly & Cosmetic Assembly.

The trip I mentioned in the last update is a critical business trip to a weekend-long conference. I have a strong hope & feeling that I will be able to form an important partnership with the organizers of the conference. I leave Wednesday night and return on the following Tuesday. Cash is ridiculously tight right now as all my capital is tied up in the shape of clocks but I believe it would be a huge loss to not attend and attempt to partner with this organization that I revere.

As always, thank you.

I'd say this is the final obstacle but again, I've challenged murphy's law to a duel too many times on this one already. 

It looks like it will be December (with some arriving in November) after all. 

 

Arrival
5 months ago – Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 12:11:07 AM

On Friday I’m moving out of the space I’ve been renting in Long Island City, NY.

 

In an interesting turn of events, Kickstarter has stepped up and offered me space (and maybe a few hands) to help complete the fulfillment process. Kickstarter HQ is just a few blocks from where I live and it’s going to be a HUGE help.

It was good timing because I was able to land the first 410 TODAY clocks in Steel and Glass on Thursday at Kickstarter HQ. 

I proprioceptively registered that top one might fall, there are 5 clocks in each box. 

As soon as I saw it moving towards the point of no return I started a light jog  

save!
save!

 

these boxes are filled with fully assembled clocks
these boxes are filled with fully assembled clocks

Yes -  finished steel and glass TODAY clocks are inside those boxes.

Yes - I admit to using an assembly team to speed things along, I had no choice. The time it has taken me to just make the bamboo clocks has been, well, you know, long.

ASSEMBLY TEAM

So this summer I spent a week training a small team of obsessives to put each clock together with the same level of focus that I do. By the end of the week, only 2 out of 10 were being spotted and reassembled due to minor cosmetic errors. The point is that I have a lot of confidence in the quality of assembly of Steel and Glass but I’m still going to have to inspect every single one. 

INSPECTION

Don’t worry, the inspection should not take long. We are meeting at 11am tomorrow to begin the process of inspecting and packaging the clocks. Each one is already assembled beautifully so the hardest part is done. I'm simply taking a look and making sure nothing jumps out. 

If there is nothing wrong with the clock, all I have to do is put the booklet and pin in, put the clock in place, do my best to erase my fingerprints, close it up, slide the sleeve on and it’s done… well, then it still needs to be put in a box with thoughtfully placed padding, sealed and labeled with its UPC then stacked in a cargo and driven to the fulfillment agency in Bay Shore, NY… then it’s done. 

REASSEMBLY

If there is an issue, e.g. a huge black spec over the white cloud like part of the clockface - it will be set aside for reassembly when I’ve moved through the winners. Like I said, I’m expecting 2 out of every 10 to need some sort of minor cosmetic fixing. Hopefully, I will be pleasantly surprised with a 1% reassemble rate.

This all means that I'm sure to begin shipping out TODAY clocks very soon.

Another shipment that includes more TODAY clocks and several hundred of the ThePresent in Steel and Glass arrive at the end of the month. The plan is to have the current load at the fulfillment agency before the next one lands. 

THOUSANDS

From Fall of last year to Spring of this year, every decision I made, as you may or may not know, was one that consistently refined quality but increased time

My decisions from Spring to Summer have all been to diminish wait time for you without jeopardizing the quality already invested (imbued) in the objects. 

Every time I make and pack a timepiece, I am astonished that they exist at all. I can't help but be amazed that we were able to make all these in a little over a year. They are going to last a lifetime and for the first time with packaging that gives the gifts the appropriate context.

Including all ThePresent and TODAY clocks, in total

4,150 

units will have been made and shipped in 2017. 

Add that number to the 3000 ThePresent clocks that are already out there across 52 countries and you hit,

7,150.

7,150 people exposed to ancient and vital perceptions of time that renew our understanding of the natural world.

By years end I can confidently say that thousands of people are beginning to see Time in Color. This is very good news for a variety of reasons I'll spend the next decade going into. 

Without your belief and support in the idea itself, it would be nowhere near as far along as it is now.

As the clocks are packed, the room empties. Digging myself out of the quicksands of time. Moving soon.
As the clocks are packed, the room empties. Digging myself out of the quicksands of time. Moving soon.

 

 

BAMBOO SHIPPING

If something has been shipped to you - you will receive an email with a TRACKING NUMBER from the Fulfillment Agency RUBY HAS in NY. 

The 250 people who ordered the PAIR of TODAY & ThePresent in 11” bamboo… 

The first stage (125 boxes = 250 clocks) of that order was delivered by me to the fulfillment agency on Friday. I expect those to be in the system by Tuesday and literally shipping out by end of week. I will drop off the last of the PAIRS of TODAY and ThePresent 11” bamboo this coming Friday.  

27 boxes = 54 Clocks in this picture so it was five trips of these to the cargo van - I delivered 125 boxes.
27 boxes = 54 Clocks in this picture so it was five trips of these to the cargo van - I delivered 125 boxes.

 

that's the Xenon lights they use around this time of year in downtown.
that's the Xenon lights they use around this time of year in downtown.

For the 150 expecting the PAIR of TODAY & ThePresent in 5” bamboo… 

Those were also delivered to the fulfillment facility yesterday. They will also ship this week. 

Stacked faces of TODAY on top of 215 finished and packaged ThePresent clocks awaiting their TODAY buddy to be packed together in one box.
Stacked faces of TODAY on top of 215 finished and packaged ThePresent clocks awaiting their TODAY buddy to be packed together in one box.

For the 250 backers who ordered the 11” TODAY only, your clocks will be made while I am at Kickstarter. If there is some way I can continue to work on weekends, I expect to be delivering those to the fulfillment agency first week of October. 

If anyone is waiting on a 5" TODAY - they will ship this week as well.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 13th

I am going away from the USA for a long weekend from October 17th- October 22nd. It would mean everything to me, if everything (yes, even the Steel and Glass) was at the fulfillment agency by,  October 13th

Ha! Look at this! Another deadline for someone who thinks we should call deadlines, lifelines. 

Will every single clock be shipped by October 13th? 

That is the target.

Is that target even possible or are you overselling yourself again? 

Technically it is possible to hit a bullseye on your second toss of the dart but the reality is almost always that you'll land somewhere near the target right? I was a fool to think that since I made 3000 steel and glass clocks and 500 bamboo prototypes that the second time around wouldn't be a big deal. I actually believed that. 

Total nonsense. I blame my own enthusiasm, which covered an ignorance dipped in a tincture of arrogance. I might as well have openly dared Murphy's Law to a duel. 

This project clearly has a pace of its own and my optimism (trying to please everyone) has clashed with practicality (it takes you forever to make and pack these things at the bar of excellence they deserve). 

That is all to say, yes, the target is Friday, October 13th but life is a controlled accident. 

Why Friday the 13th?

"It gets bad on Friday the 13th, but it gets worse on Saturday the 14th."

I think I'm honestly frightened to imagine what will happen if I don't have it all at the fulfillment agency by Friday, the 13th of October so the date seems appropriate. 

Time in Color Inc. 

All of the time I'm spending making clocks has been a vital exercise in the creative evolution of Time in Color. I'm happy to announce that the phrase is in the process of being trademarked. I'm so excited about it but will refrain as much as I can from delving too deeply into it here until I have shipped everything.

 

Isn't this ridiculous? It's off the coast of Africa, not sure where.
Isn't this ridiculous? It's off the coast of Africa, not sure where.

 

Looking forward to moving forward with this story.

Your patience is a gift that is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Back to the time shop.

scott 9.10.17

This update took 6 hours to create from start to publish.

I intended it to be "simple and short, with maybe only one picture."