Weekly Noise 2 - "So it's like a screensaver..."
Series: worklog October 31, 2010
I will be moving offices in January and as part of the new design, the office will have several inset areas in the walls to mount flat-panel displays. I am sure that you have seen these “announcement boards” in office buildings before – they are basically replacing the building directories or traditional bulletin boards. You could use it for displaying a welcome message, special events, upcoming meetings, etc.
I think most of these displays are usually just hacked together by looping over a few PowerPoint slides. Not very elegant or high tech, especially for a software company!
So when I noticed that the new office would have several of these monitors, I thought about some cool things that they could display. I started thinking about all kind of visualizations, infographics and other fancy sounding ideas – then I talked to a co-worker about the idea and he seemed uninterested in why I wanted to make a screensaver. Doh. Well I guess that’s basically what it is…a glorified screensaver.
Goals for the week:
- Get a static page up that receives WebSocket updates
- Make a simple Admin page to CRUD announcement items
- Get basic animation going for the background
Time budget: 5 hours