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’s Cactus Hands Clock Face

4 Cactus Hands Clock Faces

Cactus Hands Is a fun way to tell time by counting fingers, IF your fingers were made of cactus and were growing in pots!

4 Cactus Hands Clock Faces

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.

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

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