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The name of the creative agency Scott Thrift co-founded tells you a lot about the man - it's called m ss ng p eces. The absence of the 'i' makes it a pain to type, but more importantly it also makes you stop and think - no mean feat in this Tweetdeck age of 140-word flashes. Thrift caught my attention with The Present - his awesome annual clock that tracks the seasons rather than every minute of the day. It's a nice visual reminder not to sweat the small stuff.

Thrift's big picture thinking hit a note with the Kickstarter community where he launched the clock's prototype. Thrift aimed to raise $24,000 and has reached $54,242. And that's still with 16 more days to go. It's a pitch-perfect idea, but part of the clock's success is that it also happens to be a beautiful object.

Thrift started out making videos for Cool Hunter and you can see by the clip below that he's got a great touch when it comes to putting moving images together. We checked in with Scott just as he was moving into a new apartment. So what tech makes the cut on this talented designer's Top 10 list? We think you'll be surprised!

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1. Dimmers Lighting is everything, no really - it's everything - so I can't live in a place that isn't fully 'dimmable'. I installed this one today, it's easy - you can do it too.
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2. BOTTA One Hand 24 Hour Watch I switched to 'military time' wit this watch (which I just call day time, no need to get ready for war when I look at my watch) about two years ago - once you go there for awhile, it's hard to come back. Who wants to see the same thing twice in one day anyways?
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3. The faucet All you have to do is push up on a lever and bam! water. It's a miracle. (The attachment on the tap is so that I can oscillate between stream as you see it and spray, by pulling down - they are very common).
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4. Earplugs I have sensitive hearing and have to use these every night to sleep - otherwise I'll stay up all night, listening...
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5. Alternating Current It's always there for you, it never complains, it can kill you, it rules the entire country and it's elegant. I love it, don't you!?
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6. A Great Screw Just bought these Spax brand screws - trust me it's worth paying extra - it's hard to overstate the benefits of a great screw.
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7. Eye Hook Clasps Just realized how great these are and wanted to share their simplicity at keeping things together.
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8. Doorknobs Ingenious, they create a gate between worlds - can keep people out or bring them in. And bonus! Every single one closes differently.
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9. Custom Microchip for The Present Putting together another prototype of The Present this week - this is the custom chip I'll use to set it up - up close, it looks like hieroglyphics.
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10. Velcro I recommend the tape (shown here) - I was into the dots for awhile, but I've moved on - make sure you use a hair dryer upon removal though - this stuff can peel off more than paint.