Category The Desktop Wallpaper Project

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jensine Eckwall

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jensine Eckwall

1280×8001440×9001680×1050 • 1920×12002560×1440iPhoneiPhone 5iPad

Spring has totally sprung here in LA and we’re reaching temperatures between 80º and 90º, aka my heaven. I figured that it was totally fitting then that we feature this incredibly beautiful wallpaper by Jensine Eckwall, which feels to me like spring incarnate.

Jensine is a Brooklyn based artist/illustrator who loves to create pieces that are “delicate, nervous, and richly textured illustrations about women, relationships, psychology, and other fun(?) stuff.” And as you can see above these themes are incredibly painted with so many great details. Love all the plants and vegetables, and especially the dog!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Spiros Halaris

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Spiros Halaris

1280×800 • 1440×900 • 1680×10501920×1200 • 2560×1440iPhoneiPhone 5 • iPad

Spiros Halaris is a London based illustrator who we’ve featured on the site before for his incredible illustrations. I was such a fan in fact that I had to reach out to him to see if he’d create a wallpaper for the site and he graciously obliged.

What he came up with was a fantastic interior scene, with lots of bric-a-brac and a lovely patterned wallpaper. The way he integrated the blue, yellowish wash to certain pieces is subtle and captivating. I feel like it’s a really nice wallpaper now that spring is here. A big thanks to Spiros for creating such a great piece.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dan Christofferson

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dan Christofferson

1280×800 • 1440×900 • 1680×1050 • 1920×12002560×1440 • iPhoneiPhone 5iPad

Dan Christofferson is an illustrator, painter, and designer from Salt Lake City who also goes by the name Beeteeth (which I think is pretty rad). He creates these really detailed illustrations and designs drawing on “cryptic symbols from early Utah and Mormon history to illustrate stories of exile, industry, and the parched, sunburnt west.” Badass.

His wallpaper is this beautiful bunch of bones and flowers intermingled with the phrase, “All of my bones are broken.” The combination is both morose yet beautiful, and in practical terms works great as a wallpaper (I’m currently using it). Thanks Dan!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Hvass&Hannibal

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Hvass&Hannibal

1280×8001440×9001680×10501920×1200 • 2560×1440iPhone • iPhone 5 • iPad

When it comes to contemporary Danish graphic design there’s no one better than Hvass&Hannibal. Made up of Sofie Hannibal and Nan Na Hvass, the duo’s style is a great combination between minimal design and a craft-centric sensibility. Being such a big fan of their work I had to see if they’d put together a wallpaper, and thankfully they said yes!

What they created was this beautiful image, a collage of snakes and apples reminiscent of an age old tale (but of course, with a modern look and feeling). I’m obsessed with the marbling effect, which was hand-done by artist Jody Barton, and I love the way each piece comes together. Be sure to check out all of the different sizes as they each have a unique arrangement to them.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Daniel Patrick Simmons

Dan Simmons wallpaper - iPad, iPhone, Desktop

1280×800 • 1440×9001680×1050 • 1920×1200 • 2560×1440 • iPhone • iPhone 5 • iPad

When you think of people who are “Instagram famous” you’re probably imagining a photographer. Well Daniel Patrick Simmons is “Instagram famous” but not because of his photos, it’s for his remarkable lettering. What’s even more remarkable is his personal story, the 5 minute version being that he left a good job at Apple to follow his passion for lettering and it’s paying off.

He was nice enough to create an awesome wallpaper for today featuring one of his favorite Pablo Picasso quotes, which says “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Too true. I love that he chose to shoot his entire process on a desktop, showing the time and work he put into his piece. Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram where he posts lots of behind-the-scenes photos of his work in process.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Matt Luckhurst

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Matt Luckhurst

1280×800 • 1440×9001680×10501920×12002560×1440 • iPhoneiPhone 5 • iPad

I’m often spoiled by the super creative people I get to collaborate with on The Desktop Wallpaper Project. Some times people reach out to me and ask if they can participate, but I can’t always say yes. Most often I write the people who I think are creating amazing things and see if they’d be interested in working together. Today is one of those days where I’m astonished by the high level of quality put into this wallpaper.

It comes from Matt Luckhurst, a designer and illustrator who currently resides in San Francisco. He’s a 2012 ADC Young Guns recipient, he’s illustrated a book about Paul Bunyan, and an all around mega creative guy. For his wallpaper he’s done a series of abstract nude figures, beautifully rendered in warm yellows and oranges with splashes of blue to make it all pop. This is an incredible work of art, and I have to give major props to Matt for creating something this beautiful.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jacob Zinman-Jeanes

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring  Jacob Zinman-Jeanes

Jacob Zinman-Jeanes

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the desert, Palm Springs in particular. Kyle and the dogs and I drive the two hour trip about every two months to get away from the daily hustle and relax poolside, blue drinks in hand. Another aspect I love about the desert is the amazing plant life it supports. Th diversity of plants is extraordinary and most of the time these plants look like something you’d find under the ocean, not in the middle of the desert. I’m pretty sure that Jacob Zinman-Jeanes, a Melbourne based illustrator and designer, would love these plants as much as I do, based on this week’s wallpaper which he created.

This cactus filled wallpaper is amazing, featuring all sorts of amazing varieties and that color palette! So great. Perhaps this is Jacob’s secret dream life, to grow cacti and desert plants, shucking the day-to-day grind that so many of us want to escape?

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ben Wallis

Ben Wallis Wallpaper

Ben Wallis

Love. It’s a double edged sword. Both wonderful and painful, we can’t live with it and we can’t live without it. As an optimist and a romantic, I find Valentine’s Day to be a rather wonderful time, able to show the one I love how much they mean. I also think it’s a way to show how much you mean to me, dear reader, and so I’ve worked with Ben Wallis on crafting a heartfelt wallpaper for this special time. You might remember Ben, he won our Re-Covered Books contest for his awesome Harry Potter cover. He’s working towards doing illustration full-time, which I definitely support.

He calls his wallpaper Cutaway Lovers, two lovers that are divided into skin, bones, guts, and spirit. At the center they share the same heart. As he says, “I like the idea of this being a fun cutesy valentines drawing, but with weird guts and gore.” Ditto. Love is amazing but it can also be quite honest and messy.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Flagsmith

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Flagsmith


There’s something quite alluring about maritime signal flags, especially as a designer. The elaborate series of shapes with associated meanings are incredibly functional but also look beautiful from an outsiders point of view. This is certainly a part of the reason why Always With Honor and Scribble Tone have created Flagsmith, a flag building typeface.

All of the flags in the wallpapers were made with Flagsmith, a flag building typeface we created in collaboration with Scribble Tone. Flagsmith utilizes Opentype to transform words into shapes and patterns that can be layered and combined to create a myriad of distinct flags.

There’s always been something very satisfying about the simple arrangement of shapes, pattern and color found in flags that have the power to evoke so much. We aimed to create a system that focused on the joy of building and discovering that perfect balance with such simple elements.

You can also snag a wooden block version of Flagsmith which includes 6 blocks printed on each side with a solid or pattern found in the typeface.

Flagsmith Blocks

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Kittens & Kale

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Kittens & Kale

Kittens & Kale

When my friend Hamish said he was making art prints of “kittens playing with kale” I thought he’d finally lost it. I mean, kittens are always adorable, and everyone on earth but me seems to be obsessed with kale, so it could certainly work. What he ended up with was slightly genius.

Kittens & Kale is a celebration of youthful felines and tasty fronds. A loosely bound series of art prints depicting rescued kittens and kale recipes produced to celebrate Printed Matter’s second LA Art Book Fair (Jan 30th – Feb 2nd at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary). $5 from each sale will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society, the rescue and welfare organization dedicated to making Los Angeles a 100% no-kill city.

The project is a collaboration between Claire Cottrell, Lauren Spencer King, Hamish Robertson, and Andi Teran, featuring ten 5″ x 7″ prints of recently rescued kittens frolicking with kale accompanied by their adoption stories, and artfully-captured fronds of kale backed by recipes from Los Angeles restaurants Alma, Forage, Heirloom LA, Moon Juice, and Cookbook.

If you’re interested there’s a nice preview of the Kittens & Kale prints over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours.