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Wage Watch

Product Design


Team — 
Laura and Maya

Role — 
Concept Development, User Interface Design, Video Editing, Copywriting

Exhibition —
Neotopia : Data and Humanity at Tazak Madang, Seoul

Art Center Nabi was hosting a two part Hackathon called Neotopia: Data and Humanity. As part of the first part we were invited for an online hackathon where we had 48 hours to come up with a concept that would use Data in some way.

In the second part we were taken to Seoul where we had 48 hours to further develop the concept into works that could be exhibited.

Exhibition at Neotopia: Data and Humanity, Tazak Madang, Seoul. Photos by JungHwan Kim, HoMan Kwon, JaeYoung Kim

The “Wage Watch” came into being after observing the statistics on wages across the OECD nations. Even in nordic countries with their reputation for being equal, the wage gap is between 15 to 20 percent. The wage gap has been widely discussed on social media. But we thought that maybe there was still work to be done and more awareness could be brought about. The “Wage Watch” became a prototype watch to count the percentage of one’s working day in accordance with the money being paid.

Simply put, a calculator and an alarm to let one know when to leave work

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The User Interface of the mobile application was kept simple, so as to facilitate a quick on-boarding

It’s an application and a custom watch that work together. For example, after inputting one’s country (Finland), profession (engineer) and gender (female) the watch calculates (100%-18% = 82%) the true working hours (9:00am to 3:09pm) that you’re being paid for and rings when you’ve done your money's worth of work.


The Watch was designed and 3D printed. We used an LCD screen inside that played an animation which simulated the user’s experience.

3D model of watch by Mikael Immonen, the watch was 3D printed and the straps were handmade.

With the “Wage Watch”, we’re trying to start a conversation around the gender pay gap. In companies in most countries, it is considered a violation of contract for colleagues to discuss their salaries with each other, and this further helps hide the fact that the glass ceiling exists. If you can’t talk about it, maybe it won’t exist. With the “Wage Watch” we’re trying to make a point. We literally wanted to make some noise around a topic that is becoming more and more important to talk about. In a world where it is becoming increasingly vital for female identifying persons to be treated with the same respect as their male counterparts, getting them to be paid equally is a good start.

Concept explainer video that was also showcased at the exhibition

Maya Pillai —
Digital Designer

Notes —
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