How it all Began
A strong friendship paired with diligence and inventive genius has helped the designer duo Marco Biegert and Andreas Funk from Schwäbisch Gmünd achieve global success. They are the inventors of the word clock “QLOCKTWO”. The principle behind displaying the time in words is as amazing as it is brilliant. The two friends founded their company “Biegert & Funk” in 1999 already. The emerging internet turned out to be the ideal booster and soon the company was offering web- and print-related services, design and advertising concepts, growing to 20 employees.
The word clock – a global success
Alongside day-to-day business, the two friends were constantly exploring new ideas. They are enthusiastic about anything to do with time displays and new techniques. “It must be possible to display time with words instead of hands or numbers”, they were thinking. After countless discussions and a few approaches, they developed a concept that is known today in the world of time display as the global phenomenon “QLOCKTWO”. The basic principle is simple as it often is with good things. A matrix with a seemingly random arrangement of 110 letters forms the basis. However, this matrix contains the words necessary to describe the hours and five-minute intervals. “It is twenty past nine” or “Es ist halb acht”. Behind each letter there is a white LED. The two designers also found a way to display the minutes between each five-minute interval – through four LEDs in the corners of the square clock.
In 2014 alone, the QLOCKTWO received four design awards, including the iF Product Design Award, the Good Design Award and the Plus X Award for functionality and design.