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Stories of Sound
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Rewrap the Gift

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Our holiday traditions around giving and receiving are due for a redux. Here are our tips.

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Sing to Me: The Power of the Human Voice

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

It’s time to warm up those vocal cords. How singing and being sung to have kept us surviving.

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Object Story: The Safety Razor

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Why a 120-year-old razor is still the one you want to use.

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OneClock Reads: Super Normal

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

In Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary designers Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fakasawa draw our attention to the phenomenon of everyday objects.

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Meet the Team: Jamie Kripke's Studio of Life

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Artist, cyclist, skier, and OneClock co-founder, Jamie Kripke brings the same curiosity and creative energy to everything he does.

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Meet the Team: Howie Rubin's Architecture of Experience

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Experiential marketing aficionado Howie Rubin on music, design, clocks, and living life to its fullest by slowing down.

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OneClock / Wake Up Better

  • Jamie

No good clocks were harmed in the making of this film.

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Something About Nothing

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Three books for resisting the attention economy and restoring a mindful life.

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In Your Dreams

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Humans spend several years dreaming, yet this phenomenon remains mysterious in both purpose and meaning.

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Object Lessons

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

What the world of touch teaches and tells us.

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Get Up!

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Tune your body and mind with some Valentine’s Day morning sex. Or, why we recommend getting down while waking up.

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Introducing...Captain Planet!

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

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OneClock Anthem Video

  • Jamie

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How Do You Sleep at Night?

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Your chronotype determines when and how well you sleep, and much about how you feel while awake—but few people know what theirs is, or how to live in harmony with it.

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Jon Natchez on Writing Music for OneClock

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Composer and musician Jon Natchez shares insights and inspirations for OneClock’s initial seven waking tracks.

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A New Way for the New Year

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

It’s that time again! The New Year invites us to set intentions for self-improvement and change. Here’s how you can best prepare for a successful refresh.

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A Guaranteed Audience of One

  • Jamie

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Buy Nothing, Sleep In / Thoughts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

As the Black Friday alarm rings at its early hour, we invite you to make a new ritual of sleeping in. And then, once you wake up? Go sit and have coffee with your mom, dad, kids, neighbor, or dog. Watch the sun travel across the kitchen window. Appreciate. Connect. Make it a thing.

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OneClock // 1 minute waking music samples

  • Jamie

Listen to 60 second samples of the 7 waking compositions that Jon Natchez created for OneClock.

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It’s About Time: The Magic of a Meaningful Morning

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

The quiet of morning is beloved by the creative mind. Find out how you can wake up gently, establish a daily ritual, and reclaim the magic of morning with the help of OneClock.

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Fitter, Happier, More Productive?

  • Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

The near constant use of technology in contemporary life can be overwhelming, affecting our health and relationships. Use a less-is-more approach to find physical, mental, and emotional balance in a world dominated by devices.

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1000 True Fans

  • Jamie

Assorted feedback from the first few OneClock owners.

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Jon Natchez Launch Concert

  • Jamie

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez created some music to celebrate our 2/2 launch.

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Video: Behind the Music

  • Jamie

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Product before price

  • Jamie

We set out to make exactly what we wanted, not what the market wanted. The price is what it is because that’s where the price ended up once we'd designed the clock we wanted.

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The Snooze Button is your Frenemy

  • Jamie

If you find the idea of quitting the Snooze button intimidating, look at it this way: Snoozing does not equal sleeping. Snoozing is a sad, stressful imitation of real sleep.

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Scaring Yourself Awake

  • Jamie

From the adrenal gland’s point of view, there’s no difference between the shock of that blaring alarm and the sight of an incoming tsunami. And why would you want to start your day like that?

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A Brief History of Alarm Clocks

  • Jamie

It seems clear that the need for alarm clocks will never go away. But if the 1787 version of the U.S. Constitution can be amended 27 times, can’t we evolve our alarm clocks, too?

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Threat Vigilance, your Smartphone, and why you can’t sleep

  • Jamie

Many of us use our phones as our alarm clocks. It’s simple and easy and it works. But when you bring your smartphone to bed with you, you’re also bringing that fiendish little source of stress into your bedroom, too.

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Buy Nothing, Sleep In / Thoughts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

In the Bleak Midwinter

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday. The last week of November is a string of the busiest shopping days of the year. If we’re not mindful, we could easily spend every minute between our last bite of pumpkin pie and our first sip of eggnog bowing to the gods of consumerism by doing an unholy amount of shopping.

We line up. We bring tents. We refresh screens. We overbuy and overspend. We give away. We throw away. We feel a rush, but also, we suffer.

The harms of our overblown holiday shopping can be measured by various units: CO2 emissions and nonrenewable resource expenditures, landfill-bound material waste, crashed websites, mounting debt, labor and wage infringements, violence, and even loss of life at malls and big box stores.

Even without the facts and figures in front of us, we know. We know that our personal holiday stressors are shared with others and the environment. Black Friday and its associated acts may be good for the economy (online holiday spending in 2021 is projected to top $200B), but what good is a strong economy when the life forms that prop it up are depleted, drowning in consumer and planetary debt?

When we put aside these truths, recorded statistically and in our bones, we’re engaging in a powerful act of magical thinking.

Let there Be Light

Yes, the holidays are supposed to be magical. And yes, for several of the world’s major religions the “reason for the season” is to engage in powerful, collective ritualized acts. Traditions from around the globe have us celebrating light—the light of a long-burning candle, the light of new life, the light of family and community, the light of the cosmos shifting. At a time of year when the days are short and dark, it’s in our nature to look to the light.

Winter is a season of decay and dormancy. When it comes to the abundance of spring, we have winter to thank. This is easy to know, harder to feel. For many of us, winter’s external conditions are mirrored in body and mind, casting an annual dark night of the soul. The holidays can be medicine, an opportunity to guard against the real and proverbial darkness by engaging in ritual.

For centuries people have gathered at this time of year to light fires, sing, tell stories, pray, share meals, and otherwise invite in whatever glimmers they’re seeking. And up until recently, the gift of the ritual was all that was exchanged. It was enough.

In his book The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices author Casper ter Kuile defines ritual as “patterned, repeated ways in which we enact moral emotions—of compassion, gratitude, awe, bliss, empathy, ecstasy—that have been shaped by our hominid evolution and built up into the fabric of our culture.”

As ter Kuile explains, and many of us can personally confirm, contemporary society has rapidly disassociated from religion in the last century. For all their organized ills and exclusions, religious communities have historically filled the void in all of life’s seasons with frameworks for making meaning.

Traditional holidays and what they celebrate are by no means perfect, but their origins are rooted in something larger than buying our way through tough times and important milestones. “We need to find a new way forward,” writes ter Kuile. “Drawing on the best of what has come before, we can find ourselves in the emerging story of what it means to live deeply connected.”

Are we doing this? Or are we shopping?

Buy Nothing, Sleep In

The really beautiful thing about tradition is that it’s made by us—and kept alive by us too. Within that lies the power to remake and unmake. We live on an over-consumed planet. How can our rituals honor and repair this reality? At OneClock we’ve been impressed by the example other companies have set in their approach to Black Friday.

In 2011 Patagonia ran their infamous “Don’t Buy This Jacket” ad in the Black Friday edition of the New York Times—an unforgettable campaign that has seen as much staying power as its iconic brand. Patagonia has gone on to shirk Black Friday norms every year since, and encourages folks to buy less and buy better year-round. In 2015, REI announced their stores would be closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, giving all employees both days off to spend time outdoors as part of their #optoutside campaign.

If you think these are risks only the tried-and-true can take, they’re not. Last year the popular wool footwear company Allbirds raised their prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, donating the extra change to Greta Thunberg’s organization, Fridays for Future. And in 2020, the Swiss recycled bag company Freitag launched SWAP (Shopping Without Any Payment), a Tinder-esque app that allows customers to exchange their pre-used bags with each other instead of buying new ones. Sounds better than any white elephant party we’ve been to.

If you want to purchase a OneClock this holiday season, we’re here. The same way we were here yesterday, and the same way we’ll be here tomorrow. There won't be any bells and whistles (just really lovely melodies). We don’t believe OneClock should be purchased impulsively based on a marginal price drop or artificial urgency. That’s not how we built it, and it’s not how we’ll sell it.

Instead, as the Black Friday alarm rings at its early hour, we invite you to make a new ritual of sleeping in. And then, once you wake up? Go sit and have coffee with your mom, dad, kids, neighbor, or dog. Watch the sun travel across the kitchen window. Appreciate. Connect.

Make it a thing.