T³ is a multi-function aluminium ruler with 12 Scales, cm, Inch, Point and Pica that will provide you a whole new experience. It is inspired from Tower crane, an agile machinery that offers amazing lifting capability. T³ is designed in a way that a symmetrical triangle can be formed through using 3 of its individual triangular ruler, such design allows each T-ruler to carry 4 scales/graduations. With the built-in precise magnetics, T³ looks no different from standard ruler, but it provides much more functions. T³ is a never-before-seen creative measurement tool.
Standard Y-shape scale ruler usually contains 6 scales, which may not be useful enough for professional design. These rulers, sometimes, are either too big to be carried around, or too small that the measurement cannot be read properly. T³ pinpoints all the problems and provide 12 scales, which can be split into 3 separate rulers, every detail in T³ is enhanced to provide better user experience.
Our concept of T³ comes from Tower Crane – an agile machinery that offers amazing lifting capability. We see geometry in the crane, more than just a physical triangular structure. These three-line shapes are often seen in architectural design as they provide strength and stability. T³ is designed in a way that a symmetrical triangle can be formed through using 3 of its individual triangular ruler, such design allows each T-ruler to carry 4 scales/graduations. With the built-in precise magnetics, T³ looks no different from standard ruler, but it provides much more functions. T³ is a never-before-seen creative measurement tool.
Along with all our previous designs, T³ follows Yuan’s principal concept that focuses on Geometry and Symmetry. T³ is a practical decorated tool, while showcasing its balance and harmony through its geometric patterns when observed from atop.
3 T-rulers with 12 scales are held together by precise magnetic design. Consider the habitual use of regular scale rulers, the 12 scales arrangement of T³ are carefully planned:
6 frequent used scales (same as standard scale rulers) engraved on outer triangle – 1:20, 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 1:60, 1:100 while
6 special scales engraved on inner triangle – 1:15, 1:25, 1:75, 1:80, 1:125, 1:175.
Gently switching to either side of the T-rulers, you can easily measure with the right scale. T³ is an ultimate ruler for architects and interior designers.
cm, Inch, Point and Pica in 1 ruler
A regular straightedge lacks Point (~font size) and Pica, the typographic units used in printing. By using T-ruler you can conveniently translate the measurements you see on screen versus that you see on paper. By combining these 4 measurements into one ruler, T-ruler is the one tool that you need to design for both print and digital.
With its magnets, three T-rulers attached firmly against each other and can be placed firmly on any ferromagnetic material. The T-ruler series is the perfect companion for any creative professional.
4 different forms of T³
Standard scale ruler has its own limitation where user can only use 1 scale as measurement on paper, T³ allows 4 scales, formed by 3 individual T-rulers, to be used simultaneously. Splitting them in seconds is just as easy.
The four ways of using:
1 – use one of the T-rulers singly and share the others to friends for use
2 – easily switch the two rulers to either side and you can select your preferred scale
3 – combined three rulers to be used as a standard scale ruler
4 – flatten the rulers to be used as a bookmark
T-ruler is designed in triangular shape with a 30° slope standing on one face. The angled slope gives easier readings on the measurement and the user can get a better grip. The user experience is better than the typical, primary school ruler.
Mountain-like Hash Marks
We have spent a lot of time considering and testing the layout of hash marks on T³. The scaling hashes and millimeters are presented like mountains, making it easier to identify specific millimeter measurements than common hash marks.
Each T-ruler is 18cm x 2cm x 1.8cm, slightly longer than a standard straightedge (15cm) but shorter than a scale ruler (30 cm). This specific length allows users to carry it conveniently while at the same time the hash marks are made much easier to be read.
- Agency/Creative: Yuan design studio
- Article Title: T³ Scale Ruler & T Ruler – Reformation of Measurement Tool
- Organisation/Entity: In-House
- Project Type: Product
- Project Status: Published
- Agency/Creative Country: Hong Kong
- Agency/Creative City: Hong Kong
- Market Region: Global
- Project Deliverables: Product Design
- Industry: Retail
- Keywords: scale ruler, stationery, creative tool
Designer: Ken Lam