Update: After this was posted it got blogged on Creative Applications and I’ve received quite a few responses via Twitter. See the separate post “Screensaver Culture – Twitter responds” for a summary, as well as some further thoughts on the demise of the screensaver.
- Your task is to come up with a concept for a screensaver that is both suitable to the screensaver format and updated to a 2012 understanding of interaction design. We are looking for ideas that go beyond the traditional screensaver format, or which reinvent that format by applying design thinking to a field full of visual cliche.
- Two general directions are suggested (but not required):
1. Ambient data gadgets – screensavers as data aggregators and visualizers.
2. Computational graphics – parametric visuals.
- If your idea is too ambitious to realize in a 3-day time frame we want to see convincing screen mockups of how the screensaver would work. But we would rather see a real demo that’s rough around the edges than a slick Photoshop sketch. You must submit at least one Processing sketch illustrating part of your screensaver’s functionality.
- Yuji Adachi: Briblo – Lego style screensaver
- Twistori, visualization of tweets with certain keywords
- Smashing Magazine: Screensavers – Best Of (2007)
- Kuler Screensaver showing latest Adobe Kuler color palettes
- SETI @ Home distributed computing screensaver
- Scott Draves: Electric Sheep, massively distributed fractal image generator
- Twingly, blogosphere visualization
- Terence M. Welsh (Really Slick) – OpenGL 3D screensavers
- Stefan Trifan: Weather, City
- GeocodEarth, Flickr, GeoRSS mashup