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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.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Geo A Day

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.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Hamish Robertson

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

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).

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

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Chris Turnham

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.

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

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Steven Harrington & The Times

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.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Tim Biskup

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.