Many See It As Circular
October 16, 2007 7:49 PM   Subscribe

How do you see time? Florentine graphic designer Camilla Torna is collecting hand-drawn personal visions of "time." It started as a personal collection from friends and students in the 1990s. In 2006 it was on-line with a submission form. Submissions are can be sorted by theme words, style or age of artist. Ages range from those in their first decade of life to those in their 70s. (Via Information Aesthetics)
posted by mmahaffie (9 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Style: Cubism
posted by Poolio at 7:53 PM on October 16, 2007

Amazing how many times the circle is presented.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:29 PM on October 16, 2007

How come other people always think of the cool things to do on the interwebs before me?
posted by oddman at 9:27 PM on October 16, 2007

I cannot stand Javascript links.
But these drawings are wonderful.
posted by rhapsodie at 9:27 PM on October 16, 2007

This is almost exactly how I visualize the calendar year, but I've got New Year's on the other side, and I go counterclockwise, instead of clockwise like this guy. I always view it from the point in the year where it currently is. And on mine, the winter side dips down a bit because it's, um, heavier.

Nice find! I also liked this one, though I view age in a straight diagonal line, at about a 20 degree angle.
posted by lisa g at 9:40 PM on October 16, 2007

Age is a horseshoe, the year is a circle that I always view from September (my birthday). Both are a bit wonky though.
posted by greytape at 1:41 AM on October 17, 2007

I also see a circle, though it is never a perfect circle; it seems to bulge and that is usually around "now." Mine also goes counter-clockwise (which seems odd). In general, Christmas is usually at the bottom of the circle and August is at the top even though geometrically June or July should be on top.
posted by mmahaffie at 5:07 AM on October 17, 2007

[ this is good ]
posted by elphTeq at 2:42 AM on October 18, 2007

I picture calendar/historical time running from right (earlier) to left (later), looking much like a long road.
However, I picture age as a slope, youth in the lower left, old age in the upper right.
posted by not_on_display at 12:38 PM on October 22, 2007

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