A year ago tonight, I published my first side project, DashClock . Tonight, I'd like to introduce you to my new side project, Muzei, which is now open source and live on Google Play!
Get it on Google Play: get.muzei.co
Check out the source: code.muzei.co
Muzei is a live wallpaper that gently refreshes your home screen each day with famous works of art. It also recedes into the background, blurring and dimming artwork to keep your icons and widgets in the spotlight. Simply double touch the wallpaper or open the Muzei app to enjoy and explore the artwork in its full glory.
Alternatively, you can choose your favorite photos from your own gallery or other apps to use on your home screen. To keep your wallpaper fresh, Muzei will rotate through your favorite photos every few hours.
Muzei is also developer-friendly. In addition to being open source, it offers a simple API that allows you to build your own wallpaper source. For API details, visit api.muzei.co. The API should look pretty familiar to those of you who've built a DashClock extension before (even though it's completely different under the hood).
Featured artwork in Muzei is curated daily by my art teacher fiancée and me. The artwork images are thanks to WikiPaintings.org and its fantastic contributors.
Over the next few days/weeks, I'll be sharing more about the project: what inspired it, how it was built, and the thought process for some of my favorite design elements (some of which I've hinted at in previous posts).
And lastly, some fun facts for the curious:
• Muzei was imagined, designed, and built right here in chilly New York City—a city that never ceases to inspire. I highly recommend a visit, especially to Lincoln Center.
• "muzei" is a transliteration of the Russian word музей, which means “museum.”
With that, enjoy the app, and let me know what you think in the comments!