The Desktop Wallpaper Project Presents: DESKTOP BATTLE!

For the past couple weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a way to take The Desktop Wallpaper Project and put a new spin on it. The idea is definitely still fresh and fun, but I wanted a way to connect with you all, the readers, just a little bit more. So I thought, well, why don’t you all start helping out by creating your own? Thus DESKTOP BATTLE! was born (yes, all uppercase, like you’re screaming it at the top of your lungs, haha…).

DESKTOP BATTLE! works like this. I’ll be giving you all a theme at the beginning of each month, it’ll be something random and fun each time, and then you have until the end of the month to email it to me. Then I’ll go through everyone that submits a design and choose my favorite three designs. The judging is based solely on what I think looks the best, there’s no playing favorites or anything like that, it’s just my personal opinion. Then at the end of the month, the top three designs will be displayed on the site and given away as official Desktop Wallpapers. So not only could you, the awesome creative type you are, be seen by lots and lots of people, but everyone who reads the blog now gets three wallpapers to choose from at the end of the month. It’s a pretty win-win situation.

But amazingly, that’s not all! The three top designs chosen will also win prizes! I’ve teamed up with the awesome folks over at Gama-Go to give you guys some pretty awesome rewards as well. The first place winner is going to receive one of their awesome new messenger bags (I have one, it’s crazy nice), second place is going to receive one of their ultra-fun pillows, and third place will get a t-shirt. Not bad a deal, huh?

Here’s the details, so be sure to read this part thoroughly:

This months theme is going to be GHOSTS. Your wallpaper needs to have a ghost somewhere visible on it. Zombies or dead people don’t work, nor do Ghost in the Shell-based wallpapers. Although if you did a Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore wallpaper, you might get kudos for creativity, but you might also get disqualified. If it doesn’t fit these very simple standards, it gets the boot, capiche?

Your wallpaper needs to be created at 3840 x 2400 pixels, but I want you to send me a smaller JPG of the large file instead. I’ve got about 7000MB of space in my Gmail account, but I don’t want giant images clogging things up. Also, don’t post a link to your wallpaper in the comments section. That ruins the surprise and disqualifies your design, no matter how rad it may be.

You must get me your wallpaper by July 27th, 2008 at Midnight Pacific Standard Time.
That gives you 25 days to get your design to me, which should be VERY do-able. Anything that comes in later than that will be burned on a sacrificial alter as a tribute to some horrible pagan gods.

Send all wallpapers to:
If you have any questions about the project, feel free to leave them in the comments section because someone else could be wondering the same thing!

And of course, because today is Wednesday, you still get a wonderful wallpaper, this one courtesy of the guys at Gama-Go, since they were kind enough to hook you guys up with prizes!

For some reason or another, Deathbot is totally pissed off and throwing these giant-spiky-mountain things around. I don’t know what his deal is, but makes for an awesome wallpaper, and it looks particularly great on my iPhone. Be sure to check back next week for another awesome wallpaper and be sure to get started on your ghosty drawings! I’m so excited to see what you all come up with!


July 2, 2008