Jingting He

Time Thief Clock



Time Thief  Clock


Product Design / UX Design / Coding


Fall 2016 / Guidance from Becky Stern

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Time Thief Clock

We are fighting a battle everyday. A battle about time and efficiency. We have less and less spare time, for family, friends, or for our hobby.

Time thief clock is an incredible time management tool to help you create spare time. Different with traditional efficiency tool, it also creates surprise and delight.


Problem Reframe

Q: Why people want to manage their time?

A: Because they want to have more spare time.

Q: Why people want more spare time?

A: Because they don't want to work all day.

Q: Why people don't want to work all day?

A: Because they don't feel happy working all day.

After asking why for the problem statement for several rounds, I found the essence of designing time management tools is to create delight.


Market Research

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Based on the problem reframe, I researched all the time management tools in the market, which are basically in three categories: journals, clocks (such as pomodoro clock), and time management Apps. Those products can help people work more efficiently, but they can't create delight at the same time. Based on the blue ocean strategy, I placed my product as the 1st to market time management tool which creates delight.


How It Works

Time Thief Clock is based on a simple equation: 59+1=60. It steals one second from every minute, which you can't realize. And it pays back all together at the time you set, which is 24 minutes per day that you can clearly recognize!

In the minimum viable product, I have a switch to control two modes. In the stealing mode, it counts 59 seconds in a minute, which looks like a normal clock. But in the surprising mode, it will count down from the time you just saved.


Stealing Mode

Surprising Mode