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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.

The Desktop Wallpaper featuring Mike Dornseif

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.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Kim Hamlet

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

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.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project by Dan Funderburgh

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.