Kelli Anderson: Existential Calculator
Existential Calculator
Existential Calculator
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Existential Calculator

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Kelli Anderson
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$15
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$15
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We love the whimsical and inspiring work of Kelli Anderson, creator of "This Book is a Camera" and "This Book is a Planetarium."

This "Existential Calculator" is a must have tool for every freelancer. Can't decide if that gig is the right move? Ask the existential calculator.

How it works:

1.) The user is first instructed to concentrate and envision the job under consideration.

2.) They then assess the job’s attributes by turning the wheels/rating “fit”, pay, working conditions, and ethics. In real life, there are a multitude of other factors to consider, but these seem to be the big/universal ones.

The trick is in the copywriting: the assessment criteria is vague and subjective—asking the user to reflect on his/her own feelings about the job (rather than literally rating the job on a rigid numerical scale.) For example, the “fit” rating is left open ended—and can encompass skill-appropriateness, career-level appropriateness and/or excitement-level. (In the wheel, “fit” is the most important factor/most-heavily-weighted factor—there are rarely instances where an ill-fitting job has a positive outcome.)

Similarly, “working conditions” is written so that it could potentially cover workload, hours, creature comforts, co-working relationships, and/or client personality. “Ethics” covers all potential externalities, asking the user to reflect upon whether this work will “improve things?”

3.) As they turn each wheel, the color in the answer window shifts to fit their unique circumstance (there are a total of 72 unique circumstances represented here.) They then take the color of their future and flip to the key on the back.

4.) On the back, the user finds their fortune-color in the center and travels outward to the edge to see where the future of this job will lead (indicated by the bracketing lines that they cross.) It is designed so that similar colors/fortunes in the wheel are adjacent to one another and can share attributes.