An experimental project, Hands is a gesture-based timer app that attempts to solve the frustrations I have with the iPhone’s built-in timer app.
Given that a timer is often needed when the user is otherwise occupied, for instance when cooking, my main goals were to make the timer easy to set and easy to tell how much time remains. Given that in many cases, a precise down-to-the-second time isn’t required, I based the interaction around quick swipes.
I went through many iterations of the icon, finally settling on a simple, clock-like glyph, with the hands replaced by arrows. The arrows appear “stretched,” indicating the physics and gestures that are integral to the app. Above, the icon appears on the promotional page for the app’s launch.