On his thirtieth birthday, Cesar Kuriyama picked up a camera and filmed a one-second snippet of his day. It was the start of a project he plans to continue for the rest of his life.
By filming in daily, one-second increments, Kuriyama intends to create an ever-growing cinematic reflection on where he’s been, what he’s done, and who he’s met. He records significant and not-so-significant moments alike. “It holds me accountable for making every day count,” he says.
The artist, filmmaker, animator, educator, and self-described “creative human person” gave a TED talk about the project in 2012. The talk went viral, and Kuriyama was inundated with notes from people who wanted to take up the project themselves. So he created an app that would allow people to do just that.
The 1 Second Everyday app sends a daily reminder to film your one-second clip, and lets you compile these micro-movies into one long reel. It was downloaded over 50,000 times in its first 24 hours on the App Store, and has since been downloaded by more than two million people worldwide.
When designing the app, Kuriyama strove to put users first and “discover what the community needs,” he says. What advice does he have for fellow app designers? “Stay calm, have fun, and keep iterating.”
Kuriyama’s latest update consists of a social media feed designed to be checked only once a day. It has a news feed that actually ends — no infinite scroll — and sends a single daily batch of notifications. The feature, called Social Media Zero, encourages people to use their devices more mindfully, Kuriyama says, and help them “go back to living life outside your screen.”