A first prototype was made to start exploring possible lighting solutions. I used a laser cutter to ‘print’ 4mm thick MDF parts and clicked them together. The horizontally oriented partitions (rows) are fixed while the vertical ones are mobile to allow easy modifications. (see picture)
In order to design a display that looks like the QlockTwo but tells stories about energy instead of time, I had to figure out a way to do this transformation efficiently. I first came up with three types of sentences in which names, times and quantities can change according to the energy measurements. I then assigned colours to corresponding phrases and ordered them. Sometimes a ’s pace’ was necessary to split the words but not always. This was filled into a matrix from left to right, top to bottom. Empty spaces were hereafter filled with random letters. In total, more than 150 combinations are possible!