Timer Character

In John Maeda's book, "The Laws of Simplicity" he details how simplicity aids us in maintaining stability in our lives. One law he explains is Time. He states, “Savings in time feel like simplicity.” He cites research done by Apple Computer where subjects were asked to complete an on-screen task that involved a large amount of computer processing time. Those who had a progress bar displayed on screen perceived the event transpiring more quickly than those who did not. The visual cues within this progress bar helped to ease the passage of time, giving reassurance to the individuals. In my work I use this element to help the child through the duration of a caregiver’s seizure.

A mechanical timer placed inside the top portion of the character turns the head clockwise, delineating a two-minute seizure. Another turns the legs of the character counter-clockwise, indicating a full seizure including what is termed as automatisms. By turning the head and legs at the same time, five minutes are timed out. When both portions complete their rotations a child should attempt to get a response from the adult. This response can be as simple as eye contact when the parent’s name is called. If either of these episodes extend beyond these time periods, emergency services need to be called.