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 http://neography.com/designquotes/ 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.