Inspirational vending machine sells quotations

The ‘Quote Vendor’ is a concept by Taiwanese designer Alice Wang that applies the idea of a vending machine to writing. Quotes are assembled in categories like types of snack foods and people can choose one of the plastic bottles and open it up for a surprise quote.

Quote Vendor came from the observation that in today’s society, we are becoming more accustomed to instant and short messages. Whether through text messages, or online so­cial platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, less people are willing to read long paragraphs, let alone having the patience to read through an entire book.

A rolled up sheet of paper inside the bottles features a quote, book title, and author’s name. The experience of opening it is similar to the anticipation of opening a fortune cookie. Wang hopes the quote will inspire them to pick up and finish the rest of the book.

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