Ticker Type is a typographic display clock for a screen-saver or similar peripheral application. Every second brings a new typographic composition spelling out the number of the second at that time. Each letter is placed almost entirely randomly, with just a few parameters to aid legibility.
With only a second to read the word, Ticker Type presents time as brief and fleeting. Meanwhile, the background color shifts gradually as a metaphor for the changing light of day. The multiple levels of visualization in this clock reflect the ephemeral nature of every moment: each second is entirely unique and may be gone before you even notice… or can read it. The video is a one-minute demonstration of the clock application in (random) action.
This project was built with Processing, an open source project.