Halloween Clockinator

The goblins here at Plaid have been hard at work, getting ready for Halloween, and the results are almost here!

The CreatureNightmare ClockJack Halloween Clock Face

We plan to launch the Halloween Clockinator on October 1. It includes 8 brand new spooky faces and 1 old favorite from the original Clockinator:

The Digits 2 from Halloween Clockinator

  • Jack
  • Día de los Muertos
  • Hands
  • Bones
  • Bats
  • The Creature
  • Thicker than Water
  • Nightmare
  • Tombstones

They have all been created using our clutch of independent artists, along with some specific artificial intelligence. We hope you have as much fun telling the time as we did making it.

Running Skeletons

Don’t let an angry mob with torches and pitchforks catch you unprepared! Run, don’t walk, and put Halloween Clockinator on your iPad stood in the corner, decorate the house, and throw a party. It’s Halloween, y’all.

Angry Mob with Pitchforks and Torches

Princesses, Mermaids and Dragons, oh my!

Let down your hairWe’ve been diligently working on new faces for Clockinator and an update is coming soon. It’s taking a little longer than expected because new features are actually finding their way into the code. So many new features that we’re holding off on all face updates until version 2.0!

We’re adding those things that have been most requested to the app so that it can be more than just a pretty face. A few significant upgrades including better clock face navigation are all on the way.

And about those new faces… already in the can and ready to go are Princesses with rainbows and unicorns, Mermaids and Mermen (along with other noteworthy sea creatures), evidence of Bigfoot, the long-awaited Hypnotron, plus a few others. Some of the new faces are by Koreena, another independent artist that we’ve added to our rosters alongside new stuff from @hollowheadart and @pumasalad. Today we’re working on an infinite number of Dragons

Dragon Worksheet from Sketch

So no worries, things are coming along. Now if we can just get it to stop snowing in April. 🙂

Clockinator v1.8 Is Here!

Wow, did February come and go that fast or what? It’s like it was only 28 days long or something.

Here at Plaid we never slowed down even for an instant. Did you know there’s a museum dedicated to Bigfoot in our hometown of Boring? But this is about v1.8. I’ve said too much.

Clockinator v1.8 now has 24 different clock faces, with hundreds of combinations, developed by independent artists from all over the place. The newest faces include dancing clowns in Clown Gymnastics, black and white story telling that is anything but plain in Starlight Fairytale, a trip to the outer limits in our new Space clock face, and we’ve ripped the wallper right off the walls over at gramma’s house in Over the River.

4 Clockinator Faces Released in version 1.8

Clown Gymnastics Clock Face Starlight Fairytale Clock Face Space Clock Face Over the River Clock Face

v1.8 ships worldwide on March 8, 2022. So sit back, enjoy watching the time pass. I can’t wait to show you what we have in store for v1.9 and beyond…

App of the Month Club

Clockinator was named the “App of the Month” by @appledevs_lab!

@appledevs_lab App of the Month for February '22

We’d like to thank our director, the independent artists who’ve created over 20 faces for the app, and our little dog for keeping us sane throughout the whole process of creating and maintaining this fancy clock. But most of all, we’d like to thank you, our fans, for downloading it and believing in us. Oh, and a big thanks to Apple Dev’s Lab for choosing us this month!

There’s still a lot more to come. We already have two new clock faces mostly developed and a third one well on it’s way. We will be updating again probably during the first couple of weeks of March. Spring, after all, is just around the corner.

Preview of Clown Gymnastics Clock Face
Preview of upcoming Clown Face

Anyway, today Clockinator is more famous than yesterday! If you haven’t checked it out yet, go get your copy!

Welcoming Winter

Here in Boring, Oregon, it’s winter. And what better way to celebrate winter than to curl up in a blanket with a cup of cocoa and stare at a clock that features winter scenes?

Here comes Clockinator v. 1.7 with all the winter you can stand. Whether it’s Snow People in the shape of clock digits, or just finger writing in the snow, Clockinator has you covered. Throw in some dramatic winter scenery and you’ve just about got everything you need.

Four new clock faces are included in this update, more details about each one are available by tapping on the clocks below.

Thumbnail of Clockinator's Winter clock face showing 8:54amThumbnail of Clockinator's Snow People clock face showing 7:26Thumbnail of Clockinator's Henna clock face showing 5:30pmThumbnail of Clockinator's Snow Write clock face showing 2:20

These clock faces will help you smile through the sometimes-tough winter season. But not to worry, Spring is right around the corner…

Christmas has arrived on time

Get it? It’s a clock app. “On time.”

Clockinator v. 1.5 is happy to roll out the Christmas faces we’ve designed for the 2021 season! Lots of edible candy, cookies, even gingerbread, are scattered about with a few sprinkles of Victorian era decorations and some oddly shaped Christmas Trees thrown in for good measure.

They say Variety is the Spice of Life, and I’m happy to say it’s certainly spicing up this season.

Spearmint ClockChristmas Tree ClockCandy Cane Clock Face

These clock faces make great additions to your holiday parties. We’ve seen iPads perched on refrigerators, walls, file cabinets and coffee tables making party-goers smile.

Clockinator 1.3

Clockinator 1.3 includes 3 new faces, as well as some under-the-hood improvements.


Circus Clockface sample with Seconds Train Circus Clockface sample with Train
Circus has numbers designed and hand drawn by @hollowheadart. Reminiscent of what you might see at a circus, this festive face even has it’s own train!

12 different color palettes are available, choose your favorite from the settings at the bottom of the screen.


Dairysam Clockface
Dairysam is pure watercolor joy that hails from our neighbors to the north. Based in Toronto, @dairysam has provided Clockinator with some playful, and colorful, artwork. Color variations are chosen at random each time a digit changes.

A parade of characters, marches across the bottom of the screen when seconds are turned on. If you randomize them, you get a slight variation in colors, and an occasional procession of chickens!

More of their work can be seen at their website http://dairysam.wix.com/portfolio.


Halloween Hands Clock Face Halloween Hands Clock Face
Halloween Hands. You didn’t think we’d forget about Halloween did you? This update includes more monster fingers than you can count. Well, actually, you have to count them to tell the time. But it comes complete with spinning eyeballs and a trove of candy and Halloween icons across the bottom for counting seconds.

Designed by @hollowheadart in Portland, Oregon, a town nearby to Plaid’s hometown of Boring. More of @hollowheadart’s work can be seen at http://hollowheadstudio.com.

Other improvements include the consolidation of the rest of the faces. In previous versions you swiped through from one face to the next to see colors change. All of that is gone now and each Family of Faces can be swiped to exactly once with options in the settings at the bottom of the screen to choose color variations. A few other twists and turns have been added here and there as well. See what you can find!

Fun with Palettes

With every new clock face comes a new palette. Today I spent most of the day finalizing a few palettes for the upcoming Circus face.

Palettes for the Circus numbers

I found a nice tool to help organize and output the colors I want to use. It’s called Pastel and is available on the macOS App Store. You can read more about it and what it does over there if you are interested in the tools.

After poking at it for a while and getting feedback from people all over the place, these palettes are the ones and the names I finally settled on. A few examples of the actual clock face rendered in the new palettes are shown below:

This is the Wallaby palette.

Circus Face, Wallaby setting

This is the Cowboy Boots palette.

Circus Face, Cowboy Boots setting

This is the Haunted Mansion palette.

Circus Face, Haunted Mansion setting

I expect the full Circus clock face to be released, along with a few seasonal goodies, around the beginning of October.

Clockinator 1.2

Clockinator 1.2 includes a couple of new clock faces, as well as some under-the-hood improvements.

Subway Signs all blue clock face at 4:24Subway Signs multi colored at 3:15

Subway Signs has numbers that blend with the background in either dark mode or light mode. The time can be read with negative space included in each circle. This face also introduces a some new controls in the settings that can be tapped for different colors.

10 colors to choose from

10 basic colors are available, or you can let Clockinator show random combinations.

Cactus Hands clock face at 3:16

Cactus Hands Is a fun way to tell time by counting fingers, IF your fingers were made of cactus and were growing in pots!  It’s also a hint at some other things to come.

You can tell time by counting the fingers on each cactus. Of course, with only five fingers per hand, it can get a little tough to count to 8! So sometimes there will be two hands per digit.

Cactus Hands was created by @hollowheadart, more of his work can be seen at his website http://hollowheadstudio.com