Hourglass is a simple utilitarian app with the goal of making a countdown timer that is easy to use and produces a beautiful result that the user would be happy to share with others. I really wanted to design a product that did those intensely personal moments that are worth counting down to justice.
One thing I really wanted to do was allow a certain level of personalization with the app. After all, Hourglass would be used to track very personal moments. However, to ensure the aesthetic-usability of the interface, I developed a filter-based theme method for the photos that users uploaded. The prevalence of apps like Instagram and VSCO accustomed users to this type of personalization, resulting in a very low barrier to usage. It also allowed me to ensure that whatever image was uploaded, it would not cloud the legibility of the other elements on the view.
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