Desktop Wallpaper Project

The Desktop Wallpaper featuring Mike Dornseif

Mike Dornseif

Chicago based illustrator and designer Mike Dornseif is a phenomenal talent, able to firmly stride between both mediums with relative ease. Mike got in touch with me about the DWP and I loved his work because of his bold use of color, his knack for creating perfect patterns, and the overall joy you can feel in everything he does.

For our wallpaper this week he’s created a lovely graphic pattern that’s an abstract nod to the past. I think the colors he chose are phenomenal and the subtle texture that runs throughout really gives the piece a vintage feeling.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

Kim Hamlet wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Wallpaper

Kim Hamlet

The older I get the more plants I want in my life. I’m not sure why this phenomenon is happening but I think it’s a nice change, it makes me feel calm. When I received an email from Seattle designer and photographer Kim Hamlet, I looked through her portfolio of photos and found a ton of great work.

When taking pictures, I am especially drawn to nature: natural landscapes and occurrences of nature overtaking manmade structures. As a result, ivy has emerged as a recurring theme during photo walks. All photos are 35mm film, taken with a fully manual camera.

So why not turn one of those beautiful photos into a wallpaper? I picked out this mysterious photo that reminds me of something from Spirited Away. The colors, the mood, and the composition make you wonder about the stairs endpoint, and it still works really well as a desktop (I have my 27″ monitor currently outfitted with it).

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring BJ Heinley

BJ Heinley

BJ Heinley is an Austin based designer and illustrator who has a passion for pixels. He recently sent me an email showing some of his pixel-based work and I had to say I was impressed. My favorite was this piece he did called Nightpix, a pixelated homage to Edward Hopper’s classic painting Nighthawks. It’s incredible that he was able to simplify such a complex painting so faithfully, and I figured it would make a great background.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

Dan Funderburgh Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Dan Funderburgh

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has ambitious plans for 2014. I have a good feeling about this year. To set the year in motion properly it’s also fitting to change the background of your phone or tablet (as well as your desktop) so a beautiful new wallpaper is in order. Thankfully I recently received an email from the super talented Dan Funderburgh, Brooklyn based illustrator and artist, who was stoked to create the first wallpaper of 2014.

What Dan sent over was a wallpaper featuring his signature style, detailed tools and objects, but done as CG 3D objects. I love how so many random objects were created, yet the piece overall feels really coherent and almost like it’s a part of a larger pattern. Dan wants to thanks 4DThieves for providing the lovely rendering and artful tricknology.

Happy New Year yet again, and check back next Wednesday for another wallpaper.

Geo A Day Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Geo A Day

The holidays mean something unique to all of us. Could be latkes for some or gingerbread houses for others, but it’s a special time for many of us in the northern hemisphere. So we’re adding to the festive feeling with this elegant wallpaper from the guys at Geo A Day, Danny Jones and Jeremiah Shaw.

On their site they create some really amazing geometric pieces of art which will blow your mind. Geometric Pop-Tarts and eggs, abstract explosions of polys, you name it, they’ve done it. To doll up your desktop though, they’ve created this super minimal wallpaper with a fantastic candy cane “Cheer” splashed across the top. I wouldn’t normally use a holiday wallpaper but this is too good not to use.

This is our last wallpaper of the year! Be sure to check back New Years Day for a new wallpaper.

Wallpaper by Hamish Robertson - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Hamish Robertson

I’m envious of my friend Hamish Robertson and the tiny empire he’s started. For a long time he’d spoken about starting a shop of interesting products and collaborations, odd projects of items he’s wanted but could never find elsewhere. So he started Vacation Days to satisfy his creative itch.

One of my favorite pieces of his are his crystal and rock prints, which are sort of a blown up, abstract take on these natural beauties. I figured they’d make a great wallpaper, and as evidenced by the image above, they certainly do. They also fit with our rather monochromatic theme today. You can snag a print for yourself by clicking here.

Also, if you’re in Los Angeles he’s having a show opening at Mohawk General Store in Pasadena, tomorrow night from 7 to 9pm.

Mohawk General Store
December 5th, from 7pm to 9pm
24 Smith Alley, Old Pasadena
On display through the end of year

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold

When I brought Michael Arnold as a writer for TFIB I was excited to have someone on the team who would interviewing creatives from around the world. Little did I know that his talented illustration skills would also be a benefit to the site. It was his illustration for his ‘Making Your Bones’ piece that made me realize he really should do a wallpaper, and now here we are.

What I love about this piece is that it feels like a little window into Mike’s head. This is all the ephemera and detritus that make up his world, if they’re all real or not (such as the Hirst casually sitting in a pile).

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Chris Turnham

Chris Turnham

I’ve been a big fan of the work of Chris Turnham for a long while now, ever since I wrote about his work back in 2007. Then last year I found out he had moved to my home town of Los Angeles. We wrote a piece about Chris over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours which gives some insight into his move from Seattle. Since our interview, Chris has definitely found a love for L.A., making it the focus of a new show which is appropriately called Eastside LA.

The show opens Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 9pm at Hemingway and Pickett where he’ll be featuring some really beautiful pieces of buildings from around the area, like the iconic dry cleaners above. Chris was kind enough to give us a piece for the DWP which I’m thrilled about. It’s a gorgeous pice of art that has such a wonderful color palette and so many great fonts.

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Steven Harrington & The Times

Steven Harrington & The Times

Halloween, probably my favorite holiday, is less than a week away, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate in our own TFIB way. To help us we hit up The Times, a rad new clothing line based in Los Angeles who do these really weird, abstract shirts and hats that are pretty amazing.

The other day they released a new run of two Halloween themed shirts that you’d actually want to wear. That’s because they’re designed by Steven Harrington, who also helped to start up the label. As you can see the wallpaper is kind of intense but I personally think it’s awesome. Hopefully it livens up your desktop/iPhone/iPad!

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

Tim Biskup wallpaper- iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Tim Biskup

One of the absolute, very first wallpapers ever done for The Desktop Wallpaper Project was by my friend and artistic hero, Tim Biskup. At the time I didn’t know him but I’d been obsessed with his artwork since his early collaborations with San Francisco based lifestyle brand Gama-Go. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2005 I used to visit his BisPop Gallery in Pasadena as well, which was filled with all kinds of amazing works. So getting him to do another wallpaper for the site is a true treat for me, and hopefully for you as well.

Starting Saturday, September 28 he has a show at the Martha Otero Gallery simply called Charge, a collection of new paintings. From what he’s told me the scale of these paintings are gigantic, larger than he’s ever done. And we’ve got one as a wallpaper. This piece is called A Subtle Advertisement For Mind-Numbing Pain, a massive piece measuring out at 12 x 8 feet. I love that it combines everything I love about Tim’s work in one giant piece. It also makes for a great iPhone wallpaper!

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

Tommy Shimko wallpaper- iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Tommy Shimko

A couple years back I held a random meet-up at a bar in SoHo, hoping to meet some cool folks who read the site. One of the people I was able to meet was an awesome dude named Tommy Shimko, an art director at TracyLocke. He showed up kind of late to the party but he along with a few friends invited Kyle and I to hang out on his roof and drink some beers. So we did, and we had a blast.

Recently I noticed on his Instagram that he did this sweet bike piece called Haulin’ Tuckus which I thought would make a great wallpaper. So I asked him if he’d like to make it a wallpaper and he was into the idea, so here we are. I think there’s so much motion and fun to this piece, you really can’t help but smile when you see it. Plus I know a lot of you readers are big bike people, so I’m sure a lot of you will dig this.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Christopher David Ryan

Christopher David Ryan

There are few creatives more prolific in their artistic output than Christopher David Ryan. Based in Portland, Maine, CDR is constantly creating amazing and interesting pieces of work, as evidenced by the Dailies section on his site. He’s also a previous contributor to the Desktop Wallpaper Project, so it’s awesome to see him with a new piece for the site. Inspired by M.C. Escher’s classic Drawing Hands, Christopher has created a bold, clean version which definitely makes for the perfect, minimalist wallpaper.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

Dirty Bandits wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Dirty Bandits

I’m so excited by today’s wallpaper, I think it’s a really incredible piece. Our wallpaper was created by Dirty Bandits, the working name of letterer and illustrator Annica Lydenberg. She’s a Brooklyn based artist who started out in graphic design but has now found an incredible place in the world of hand-lettering, as is obvious in the wonderful piece you see above.

We discussed what might make for a great wallpaper, something that was proactive and positive. I’ve always been an optimist, so when Annica suggest “Taking Care of Business” I knew it would be the perfect message to share. She’s done an incredible job of mixing her more fluid, hand done style with a rigid, business-like type that really acts as the base for the rest of the words.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Hedof


Rick Berkelman, who works under the pseudonym Hedof, is a designer and illustrator based out of Breda, The Netherlands. His work is a vibrant mix of shapes and colors that gracefully blend in and out of one another, creating stunning imagery. For his wallpaper this week he’s delivered an ode to summer, featuring a sun bathing lady, a fancy cocktail, and some rather extravagant scenery for her to lounge around with. It’s an idyllic scene that I’m personally jealous of… I wish I could be doing what she’s doing right this moment!

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Sarah Vanbelle

Sarah Vanbelle

I’m very excited for our wallpaper today, which comes from Antwerp based illustrator and designer Sarah Vanbelle. Sarah’s style of illustration utilizes flat bold colors which are laid out into the most interesting of shapes, which all come together through her interesting and perhaps daring color schemes. The wallpaper she’s created consists of some images she created for an exhibit called Hawaii Hawaii that took place in a coffee shop in her home town. She’s combined the characters to create sort of a rag tag band, a motley crew of crustaceans.

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Colin Kinsley

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Having some ridiculous wallpapers on the site is something that I always look forward to. They may not be right for everyone, but I know there are a dozen or so folks out there who don’t want a pretty drawing on their desktop, they want something conceptual and weird. I’d bucket this wallpaper from Hawaii/New York based designer Colin Kinsley.

Colin is a freelance designer and illustrator who’s work is made up of lots of bold, flat graphics that are filled with all kinds of color. And so is his wallpaper, which is a nice take on the idea of summer vibes.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Studio Elastik

Studio Elastik

It’s been a little while since there’s been a wallpaper on the site, sorry about that. Starting with this week things will be getting back to normal with wallpapers being featured each Wednesday. As for today, we have a really mellow wallpaper from Vienna based designer Constantin Demner, who’s a part of Studio Elastik. He created this wallpaper at the tail end of a trip to a Greek island, which definitely comes across in the type and cute sun and cloud illustration.

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Chloe Sheffe wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Chloe Scheffe

This week’s desktop wallpaper, to me, visually explores two very different things: type and microbes. What happens if you were to combine the two? Well, I think you’d get something like what Chloe Scheffe has created for us. Chloe is a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her portfolio of work is quite remarkable, pieces like this and this. Here’s what she said about her wallpaper.

I’m interested in bringing together disperate concepts or aesthetics, and in this case it’s modern colloquial language and Blackletter, which has great historical significance (and is related to my other inspiration—illumination a la Book of Kells). I also love repetition and layering.

I love the idea, even if ti’s not quite her intention, of turning a Blackletter font into something so fragile and minuscule looking. It’s quite the opposite of it’s normal behavior or being. PLus it’s awesome how swirls around with all those little shapes, the piece is almost effervescent.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper!

Evan Hughes Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Evan Hughes

Summertime is basically here, well, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, and Evan Hughes is ready to party. A Scranton, Pennsylvania based illustrator, Evan has created an amazing wallpaper that celebrates all the very best aspects of what summer is. I love Evan’s work because of the fluidity his inky line work contains. A great example of this is the young, bikini-laden gal running down the beach, her legs looking like wiggly noodles. Physically it might be painful to have legs like that, but in an illustration it gives the girl so much life and movement.

A huge thanks to Evan for the awesome work, and be sure to check back next Wednesday for another sweet wallpaper.

Frank Svengsouk wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Frank Svengsouk

You may not have heard of Frank Svengsouk, but he’s one of the most talented guys I know. By day he works as an art director with me at Disney, creating beautiful, award winning websites that’ll knock your socks. He’s also a super talented artist as well though, dabbling in both digital and traditional mediums. Recently, Frank had a residency at the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney where he debuted an epic series of pieces which he dubbed the Astro Zodiac Force.

The series takes all of the animals of the zodiac and outfits them in space suits, showcasing them adventuring across the cosmos. I loved what Frank did so much that I asked if he’d be interested in bringing the Force to the site, so he’s graced us with the luckiest member, the Rabbit. You can see the full range of animals over on Society 6, where prints of all sizes are available as well. And if you happen to be at Disneyland, Frank’s work will be on display at the Wonderground Gallery until the June 14.