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Our boss asked us to add posters to our room, and we have no ideas. If you could add posters to your office, what would you recommend?

Posters containing humor, paintings, and art are welcome.

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How about You're not paid to think from Futurama:

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This one is not a motivator, but I'd love to have one in my programming room. I recently giant-printed it and made it as gift to a friend of mine:

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You can get it as a free PDF here.

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Classic Poster, In fact the first search result in Google for Software Design. alt text

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You could do worse than Despair Inc's Demotivators.

Mediocrity - It taks a lot less time and most people won't notice the difference until it's too late

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This is a classic.

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This one:

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Dilbert's take on the subject:

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Code your own fractal generator then print something when you make it look good.

This one was written in pascal: pascal fractal

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truthery

truthery

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I'd first ask for more whiteboards. For programming more whiteboards is always better. You can always put cartoons etc. on whiteboards you don't use with magnets and remove them when you've got new ones.

If you really want art I'd go with Kandinsky reproductions/posters. Somehow most programmers I know like Kandinsky. Must be the geometric shapes and bright colors. http://dplasticasantiagoapostol.wikispaces.com/file/view/kandinsky_Composicion_VII.jpg

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The famous (but NSFW) getStringFromObject() should do nicely. :)

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A comparison of text editors:

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Not at all programming related, but it certainly keeps morale up.

The girls of Red Alert 3. I don't actually know who pinned it up, but it was there when we acquired the room for our developers. There is stays.

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  1. Whiteboards
  2. Space for a projector for group-coding sessions
  3. A projector
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I have this. I thought it looked cool

http://www.visibone.com/color/poster.html

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Or another from xkcd:

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Oh, despair.com has some great ones:

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When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can turn into deadly projectiles

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Anything from the set of The IT Crowd

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Here is my favorite :

Amazon Link

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On

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I first saw this poster of Don Quixote by Picasso when visiting an AT&T cube farm in Colorado back in the 80's and thought it was very appropriate:

Don Quixote by Picasso

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This is one I've had up for some time, based off Hokusai's "The Great Wave At Kanagawa":

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4OYGjUrdllo/STs0Py9hjrI/AAAAAAAANFg/y6j2SXHoB6c/s400/waveofthefuturesmall.jpg

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ACHTUNG! Alles touristen und non-technischen peepers!

Das machine control is nicht fur gerfinger-poken und mittengrabben. Oderwise is easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowen fuse, und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Der machine is diggen by experten only. Is nicht fur geverken by das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseenen keepen das cotten picken hands in das pockets, so relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights.

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I have the Napoleon March. Its more designer inspiration, but as a programmer I think I lack that.

alt text Also I put posters/pics of previous works, like an inauguration made with a product I was involved and that went well.

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Web Trend 4 linked to the tokyo metro, looks really cool :)

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you can get the full poster as a png here.

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I have this one in my office:

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And I would like more of his posters too, found here.

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it's xkcd yeah

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Star Wars

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I have this on the wall beside me and its pretty useful if you're C# developer. I have the .Net 3.5 namespace poster as well.

Visual C# 2008 KeyBindings

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http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=E5F902A8-5BB5-4CC6-907E-472809749973&displaylang=en

It's amazingly useful..

Cheers!

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Make your own, using a good color printer (or plotter, if you have one) and ContextFree. Have contests to see who can come up with nice images.

ContextFree can create images ranging from fractals to minimalist sumi style to typical geek-techno to string art. The gallery shows what's possible, as in the following samples:

forest forest

Dennis Ritchie Dennis Ritchie

emergentSierpinski emergentSierpinski

Borg city Borg city

green pine green pine

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It depends on what your group is into, really. If you're gamers, you might like something like this:

SCIENCE

If you guys all have the same political interests, you might even step outside of the standard boundaries.

President of Awesome

All image credits go to someone else.

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I like this one:

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A great xkcd comic for programmers:

xkcd "Compiling"

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I don't think programming reference on walls is a good idea personally. Its much easier to hit the web to find an answer, or use your favourite reference book.

Therefore I would recommend something that stimulates the mind. Computer art is always good.

Also a big LCD with your latest product build qualities if your boss really cares. =)

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A big photography of a waterfall.

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I love my Flex API posters, not because they are useful but because only a set of 5 full-size posters with 7pt font can fully convey the madness that is the Flex API :)

Free set here: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=posters&sdid=ZFCT

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There's no place like 127.0.0.1

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We have this one hanging up

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We also celebrate international talk like a pirate every September 19th

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The C++ Lands

by http://alenacpp.blogspot.com/

The C++ Lands

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We have the following two posters in our office at work. They're rather suitable, I think alt text

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A picture of your boss? Oh wait, that would be de-motivation

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Design Patterns class Diagrams

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XKCD comics and Cheat sheets.

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Do you want to geek it up and go with the classics, or liven the room with something non-traditional?

If you know what you want, the best place to get it is a print shop; you can get huge, high quality prints for fairly cheap. That's how I scored a 36" by 30" print of "Reproduction Interdite" for $6. Thinkgeek is always good for geek supplies. CPEP has some awesome physics posters (looks like my standard model poster is outdated).

Standard Model

You see a lot of Dali and Escher, but not so many Ernst landscapes.

Europe After the Rain II

On second thought, maybe there's a reason for that. Magritte is a little more soothing, and good if the room has no windows.

For tech posters, a comment on this very site lead to the Periodic Table of the Operators for Perl 6.

Don't limit yourself to posters. Wall sculptures work really well to break monotony. Archie McPhee has some interesting items (like a giant ear), but the best are random stuff repurposed for decoration ("Why is there a pair of converse on the ceiling?"). Or how about an origami trophy moose head? Filling a wall with postcards is fun, too, especially if you spread them haphazardly and connect them with red string and pushpins.

If you're into astronomy, Saturn with 6 Moons is traditional but perhaps too hackneyed.

And it's not a hacker's den without an ASCII Snoopy wall calendar (bonus points if you print it on ribbon paper with a daisywheel or dot matrix printer).

    ,-~~-.___.            
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     /  \-'~;    /~~~(O)
    /  __/~|   /       |    
  =(  _____| (_________|
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Some ASCII art

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Everything I need to know in life I learned from Star Trek.

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Dwight Schrute ASCII

This is what I have hanging in my office.

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I like this one:

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