The CLOCKOUT Project | Product Design

Nowadays it is impossible to imagine our daily life without our mobile phone. Many experience a love/hate relationship with their phones. Where it is an indispensable and practical device, we also spend a lot of time on it unnoticed. Hardly anyone can function properly within the social system without a phone. We are always "on". The boundaries between leisure and work are blurring.

The CLOCKOUT Project (Graduation collection 2020, Product Design, ArtEZ University of the Arts) is a manifestation of my research into stimulating and activating people to regain control over their use of mobile phones.

Based on this research I created four ritual tools that stimulate "clocking out". Each product stimulates a new way of interacting with our phone. The photo/film series shows the products in their context of use. This involves synergy between the user, material and inspiring image.

Banner: The CLOCKOUT Project

Research

"The CLOCK OUT Project" is a manifestation of my research into stimulating and activating people to regain control over their use of mobile phones.

My main source of inspiration is "Shibari", a Japanese bondage technique. This is about setting boundaries and creating a sense of freedom. It is a game between letting go of control and at the same time actively taking back control by knotting in an aesthetic way. It is a way to temporarily distance yourself from everyday life. Analogous to this, it is possible to "clock out" from your phone by performing an action. This idea forms the basis of my collection.

News quotes about phone usage and health
Process Book Page
Screenshot of screentime on phone with written notes
Process Book Page
Screenshot of Google search: Prikklok. Phone with written notes.
Process Book Page
Screenshot of Google search: Kinbaku. Wrapped phone with written notes.
Process Book Page
Screenshot of Google search: mindfulness with written notes
Process Book Page
Process book page with written notes
Process Book Page
Screenshot of Google search: movement memory
Process Book Page
Screenshot of wikipedia page: internet culture. Screenshot of youtube videos and written notes.
Process Book Page

Clocking out mentally by acting physically

Phones wrapped in several materials
Phones wrapped in several materials
Phones wrapped in several materials
Phones wrapped in several materials

The products are ritual tools that stimulate "clocking out". Each product stimulates a new way of interacting with our phone. 

Banner: The Phone Leash

The Phone Leash

Take back control by wrapping and knotting your phone...

Thumbnail: The Phone Leash
Banner: Celebrate letting go of your phone

Celebrate letting go of your phone

How many times do you check your phone during social events? Just quickly checking that text message... or making 100 photos to just post that "cute one" immediately after on your Instagram... and after that constantly checking how many likes you are getting...

Most of us these days are never really "in the moment" during social gatherings or events. 

This project proposes a different narrative: Celebrate letting go of your phone!

Mobile phone in pocket strap attached to helium balloon
Mobile phone being attached to a pocket strap
Mobile phone in pocket strap attached to helium balloon

3...2...1... Let gooooo

Before entering the event you are asked to attach your phone to a pocket strap that is connected to a helium balloon. 

Let's countdown together and let go!

Banner: The Phone Strap

The Phone Strap

This semi-permanent commitment creates a certain tension. At what moment will it be worth it to cut the tie-wrap? After cutting the tie wrap the Phone Strap will be useless...

The Phone Strap
PhoneStrap
Banner: The Phone Wrapper

The Phone Wrapper

Conceal & Reveal

Take away your phone's signal by wrapping your phone. 
The liner is made from EMI shielding fabric. This will block out every signal. 

The Phone Wrapper

Merel Dassen 

Product UX Designer