neography by

Alex Girón

A designer living in Old Town Alexandria San Francisco. Co-founder of nvite, canvas and nclud. Founder of worthy. Formerly Design Lead at twitter.

Design Quotes Display.

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Bring inspir­ing, insight­ful and thought pro­vok­ing design quotes to your work­place, home or any­where you have a computer.

They say that as a designer you should sur­round your­self with things that inspire you, whether they are books, posters, music, magazines etc.

A few days ago while going about my daily brows­ing and came across a beau­ti­ful quote:

Design is an oppor­tun­ity to con­tinue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.

— Tate Linden

I quickly found myself search­ing for more quotes about design, there are tons of really good ones out there. After a while I star­ted think­ing, wouldn’t it be great if we could dis­play these quotes on our com­puters in full­screen mode? maybe as a screensaver or an inter­act­ive slideshow?

I’m all about sur­round­ing myself with things that inspire me, things that help set a mood and get you think­ing. Over at the nclud stu­dio we have a set of LCD screens where we dis­play cli­ent work dur­ing meet­ings or some­times use to play Mario Kart. When not in use the screensavers come on and I figured, let me setup a sys­tem that allows us to dis­play these inspir­ing quotes in full screen mode, as a screensaver. What bet­ter to get you in the mood when design­ing than read­ing design quotes from some of the great minds of past times and our time?

Enter Design Quotes

Head over to and take a look for yourself.

Design Quotes ScreenSaver

It is a web page where quotes appear one after another at ran­dom, I accu­mu­lated just under 200 quotes and with the help of a WP plu­gin and a bit of jQuery I was able to put the visu­alza­tion together.

How to set it up as a screensaver

Mac users can use IdleWeb, a nice little app that allows you to set up any webpage as your screensaver. Just make sure you set it up in “kiosk” mode within the screensaver options.

There are sim­ilar options for win­dows users, although I haven’t tested any of them.

Another option is to use browser plu­gins to set the browser win­dow in full­screen mode, again I haven’t tried yet, but I’m sure it’ll work just fine.

So there you have it, enjoy and if you have any com­ments or sug­ges­tions feel free to let me know.