Designer Hampus Edstrom created The Budget Tool, a device that measures a person’s financial status using 3 dimensional cubes. It works by inputing data on the PDA screen that calculates and transmits to the corresponding box whose cubes form solid, physical graphs indicating income minus expenditures.
The design is very minimalistic (which is characteristic of Scandinavian design) with no colors, no text – just rising and falling bars.
By being an actual object, you are more easily reminded when to save up and when you can splurge. Consider it a more interactive alternative to sterile two-dimensional colored charts. It’s small too. Maybe so you can hide it better in case you’re in the red and don’t want your loved ones to know.
One thing you need to remember when using The Budget Tool though; don’t forget to input the data or it’s going to be of no use to anyone. I wonder though, if you are already underwater, would you spend another nickel on something like this?
via Yanko Design