The Present — Day Moon Year

Created by Scott Thrift

Tools for being in time.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Next clear thing — look up
21 days ago – Sat, Oct 03, 2020 at 03:30:11 AM

It is the full moon again.

The Present Moon — Full

Surveys Have Been Sent

Respond in your own time by the time the moon is empty again — Friday, October 16.

You and 1010 other backers from 41 countries are creating the gift of The Present together for everyone.

This is your full moon update.


Equinox September 22, 2020
about 1 month ago – Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 12:19:58 AM

Hello and thank you to each and every one of the 1,011 backers who pledged to make The Present happen. You've given me the gift of being able to make The Present for you and I could not be more grateful for that opportunity. 

Today is September 22, 2020 - The Autumn Equinox for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and it's the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  

September 22, 2020

Incoming Survey from Backerkit

The survey that will allow you to choose your style of time will be sent out on OCTOBER 1, 2020 - The FULL MOON. Since October 1st is a Full Moon you will get an update from me on that day and the survey from Backerkit shortly after.

What is Backerkit?

Backerkit is a service that makes managing the fulfillment of a Kickstarter project painless and smart. I utilized their services on my last campaign and it was so helpful that I cannot imagine the fulfillment process without them.

Will I be able to add an extra clock or two to my pledge?

Yes! The Backerkit survey that will be sent to you on October 1st, will also grant you the ability to ADD-ON and edit your existing pledge. You will have two weeks to choose your style of time and ADD-ON anything you wish to your initial pledge. 

Will the survey ask for my address?

Yep. However, if you plan to move house between now and the estimated shipping dates don't worry. A few weeks before your items ship, I will send an address confirmation to make sure you still live there.

You will be asked for your address on the October 1st Backerkit survey so that this image can happen.

Why don't you send the survey now?

After a project closes on Kickstarter, the payment process begins and they require two weeks to give everyone whose cards might be out of date to respond. Once the final total is tallied, Kickstarter takes their fee and releases the remaining capital to my business The Present, LLC. 

Sending the Backerkit survey too early can cause confusion for me and you the backer. Therefore it is highly recommended to wait until everything is settled before sending the survey.

Are you waiting before moving forward on production?

Not really. While I do have to wait for the capital to cover the big ticket items like 50% down on the movements, glass, steel and the requisite tooling I have not stopped the process of production. Some minor alterations had to happen with the cork layout and I am currently waiting on samples for final approval. I am also getting samples from a different, smaller family owned company in Portugal. I'm thinking of it as a "second opinion" and may go with them depending on the quality of their work. 

What's the story on the small clocks?

Good news! I have a prototype I am happy to share a few pictures of at the moment. I only have the face for The Present Year ready for photography, even though all three times are available for pre-order now. 

Introducing The Little Present 

Isn't she lovely? This is the one prototype. The final will be exactly the same size, 5" in diameter just like the small clocks of yore.
Elegantly sits on its own or it can be hung on a wall as an accent piece.
What will be different in the final? See the white line behind the print? That will be a matte black powder coated piece of steel that is 2mm thick. Also the cork will be more refined as the prototype was made with a drill and the final will be compression moulded. The compression moulding brings a level of refinement and smoothness that is missing from the prototype.
Drawings from CW&T!
The Little Present - available in Day - Moon and Year

I want The Little Present, it's the perfect gift! 

Should I pre-order now or wait to add The Little Present to my existing order?

That's your call. You will be able to add The Little Present to your pledge via Backerkit as an add-on between October 1st - 15th. That said it will not be a problem for me to consolidate your order if you decide to purchase between now and October 1st, when you receive you survey. 

The Present as a solution to the work/life balance problem.

I would like to close by articulating something that is becoming more and more clear to me. Last night before I fell asleep I was thinking of the following sentence, The Present is the gift of life time. You see, we already have a way of measuring work time,  what we don't have is a consistent method of time to help us measure life time

In fact, we use work time to measure our life time. 

Is it any wonder that a solution to the work/life problem escapes us? As long as we measure our life time with work time, we may never the find balance that feels so necessary. 

The Present offers us a way to begin measuring life time. I will leave you with that joyful thought to ponder until you hear from me again on the Full Moon. Thank you again for making The Present possible.

In time,

Scott Thrift

Approximate current location on the prototype of The Present Moon — See you on the Full Moon.

Want to follow along?

I post to Instagram every day 


Instagram is a flashy place so I developed a way to honor the stillness of The Present. 

Each day I post three images. 

Slide One is one (nearly imperceptible) degree of difference in color and a playful color name.

Slide Two is a photo of The Present Year for that day.

Slide Three is a wildcard to bring some welcome variety to the otherwise absurdly simple stream.

Here is what it looks like so far! I started on June 21. 

One of my favorite graphics from the project.
Time this update was being worked on - The Present Day - taken at 14:15ish

Final note: I utilized a marketing service for a few days during the campaign called Jellop. I was happy with them and would recommend them to other creators. Part of my contract asked me to post a link to their newsletter which I am doing now.

A totally, 100% completely optional link to a newsletter for neat Kickstarter projects. Click on the image to sign up if you wish.

Full Moon & The Wonders of Cork
about 2 months ago – Wed, Sep 02, 2020 at 02:10:35 PM

We did it!

I simply could not be more grateful for the opportunity to produce another round of timepieces.

Thank you.

In time,

Scott Thrift


Sharing The Present
about 2 months ago – Tue, Sep 01, 2020 at 08:14:08 AM

New Moon = New Update

In this video we uncover the mystery of what happens during a New Moon and learn about one of the most poetic elements that The Present Moon and The Present Year share.

Sharing The Present

We are about to pass 600 backers! Help me share The Present with the world so that we become 1000 backers strong by 09:00 September 18th, 2020. To share The Present please post or send this link along to anyone you think might appreciate a new point of view on the nature of time.

I'm also doing something fun on Instagram if you spend any time there @daymoonyear

Thank you for backing, watching and reading along!

In time,

Scott Thrift

Sharing some new photos here for the first time that I snapped at my friend Jonathan's place last week! 

The Present Year (August 13th)
The Present Moon Prototype (Pointing to the Full Moon)
The Present Day (8ish)
See you next time on the Full Moon!

Recent press on The Present

WIRED Minutes and hours? That's old thinking. Artist Scott Thrift wants you to see the bigger picture.

COOL HUNTING Three "clocks" that forgo seconds, minutes and hours for something more natural.

DESIGN MILK  A vision of our immediate surroundings in the cosmos.

CORE77 The next generation of home entertainment.

Email me!

a one and a two
3 months ago – Mon, Aug 03, 2020 at 08:53:41 PM

Hello and welcome! This is the first update of many for The Present — Day Moon Year.

Thank you so much for leading the way and being the first to pledge! 

The new project page hero image — what do you think?

Congratulations, pledging for one of these clocks means that you will no longer have to spend the rest of your life seeing time from a single, short term point of view. You may not understand what a relief that is yet so I will be relieved for you, phew!

Updates will be posted on every...

New Moon


Full Moon

While the project is live I may update more often such as this one.

What are your updates like?

My updates are a way for you to not only understand how your timepiece will be brought to life, they also delve into the meaning behind this work and its relevance to the world.

What are you feeling right now?

I am so happy that you are joining me on what has already been a multi-year journey into the nature of time. I have faith that we will surpass our goal and in the current state of the planet, that's a heartwarming thing of beauty honestly. One of my favorite things is the international scale of Kickstarter. On my last project, backers from 42 countries helped me bring the Day to life so I hope this project resonates globally as well. 

Ready for the world.

What is this update about?

The main things I want to share with you in this update are 

(1) I completed the voiceover for the project video andhope you to take second look.

(2) Simply want you to know how special the songs in the video are to me.


It means A LOT to me that you backed this project back when the project video had no Voice Over. Creating a Voice Over for this video has been one of the most challenging and rewarding creative experiences of my life. I could not seem to shake the pressure that project and video was launched without a voiceover. I've put everything into the video and wrote, rewrote, recorded, re-recorded, edited and re-edited this video to the moon and back. 

I can now say with confidence that it’s the best example of what this is project is all about. I do hope you take a second look, at your leisure of course. Would love to read in the comments what you think about the addition of the VO and this final cut.

To celebrate completing the video, I will be sending out a link to my personal list of friends and acquaintances tomorrow. If you see the new video and think, "Hey you know what, my friend is going flip out over this!" This is a handy link you can share with your friends, family and journalists hungry for an optimistic story about the nature of change.


This song is a beaming example of the value of time. 

Here is the link to the track.

You see, I’ve been working with Julio Monterrey, the composer who created the track, on hundreds of videos since 2005. The song you are hearing is the culmination of our creative journey together across those fifteen years. Inside this song I can hear conversations we’ve had over the years transformed into musical notes and harmony. It’s one of my favorite things in the world right now and it is such a pleasure to be able to share it with you. 

Hi my name is Julio Monterrey and I make beautiful music.

It's okay if you don't like it, I just want you to know that it’s something precious to me. The creativity and excitement of this song bodes well for the project itself. The song is actually a reimagining of the original song from my first Kickstarter project from back in October of 2011, ThePresent.

ThePresent? Why no space?

In a future update I will go into more detail about the odyssey of clarifying how The Present should be presented to the world. Quickly, on that note, can you believe this logo!? 

The Present

It was created by the freakishly talented and driven artist, Jonathan Harris. Here is a meditative video I made about one of his works of art almost ten years ago.

Thank you again for pledging to bring The Present — Day Moon Year to life with me.

Did you see the WIRED article?

Did you see the DESIGN MILK article? 

I'm trying something simple and fun on Instagram too if want to check that out @daymoonyear

You can expect an update from me within 24 hours of hitting the goal, fingers crossed! Either that happens first or I will...

See you again on the FULL MOON August 3, 2020

This update was started at 19:30 on Tuesday night, July 28, 2020 — Posted at 22:44

Thank you reading and being a part of this.

In time,

Scott Thrift

Me at my friends office space after the last photoshoot for the project.