Current vs 20th Century Design Movements

For my final project I am building a dive watch style wall clock. The style of my clock is going to include the main design cues of a diver watch: easy-to-read dial, lumed hands/hour marks, and simplicity. The 20th century design movements that are related are Bauhaus, surrealism, and pop art.

In fact many of the watch manufactures use Bauhaus style such as Nomos. Below is a picture of a Nomos watch:


If I were to design my wall clock in Bauhaus style. I’ll be using uni-color dial, minimal hour marks or no hour mark. I’ll not use luminescent on the watch.

I can also design the wall clock with Surrealism. My understanding of surrealism is to put unrelated objects together. I put fruits and an eye together in the design, here is a sketch:


If I were to design my clock in pop art style, I need to shapes that resembles lighting or explosion. I can also use a bubble shape for the dial. Here is an idea:


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  • Jack Plantz
    May 8, 2019 9:29 pm

    Ha! I like the both the surrealist and pop art versions too! Maybe you could make a series of clocks in different styles.

  • Ibrahim Alhajji
    April 1, 2019 9:24 pm

    Hi Shen,
    I really like your idea and your design. Pop culture looks very good. I really like your design of resembling lighting or explosion for the clock.

  • Abdulaziz Alrashed
    April 1, 2019 7:26 am

    Interesting design. Pop culture is a vast field with many ideas. I cannot wait to see the final product.

  • Shen, I would be interested in seeing your personal take on surrealism given some of the bounds of clarity and simplicity as they play into the aesthetics you presented here. What do you think your design would look like as a surrealist piece that still has to meet those criteria?

    I would also be keen on seeing these sketches with some color, as Pop Art had a lot of bright colors (though that was never necessary of the style). What other Pop Culture references would you make in such a design?


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