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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dan Lehman

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dan Lehman

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Boulder based designer and illustrator Dan Lehman has created a brilliant homage to Wes Andersen’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. He’s collected together the miscellaneous detritus that usually fills an Andersen film, objects like wine, bread, a dead cat, and of course, the throat slitter. Dan’s even cleared some space on the desktop versions of the wallpaper so you’ve got plenty of room for your icons (sorry Windows users).

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jesse Ledoux


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It’s easy to enjoy Jesse LeDoux’s work. He has this colorful, fun sensibility that he often applies to friendly looking monsters and musical illustrations. He can get a bit experimental and isn’t confined by one medium: he’s a dude always shifting up how he works and what he is working on. (And recently when I think of his name I think of a certain True Detective character.)

That’s why it’s exciting to feature LeDoux in The Desktop Wallpaper Project because it’s not something that you would expect from him. It’s very much his style and features friendly monsters but he went in another direction, crumpling up the image he made to be the image. It’s a wordless “Keep at it, people.” motivational statement and it suggest the beauties and successes of things that don’t quite work out as planned. If you need a little pep in how you are working, this is a wallpaper for you.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jensine Eckwall

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jensine Eckwall

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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

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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

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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


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

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Daniel Patrick Simmons

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

Matt Luckhurst

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.