Desktop Wallpaper Project

Brad Simon Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Brad Simon

Brad Simon, a Portland based creative, can seemingly do it all. He’s a designer, a typographer, an illustrator, and he even has a pretty sweet Instagram. Today though, we’ll be enjoying is illo skills with a great wallpaper he’s made for us called “Camp Vibes”. I thought this little guy was pretty rad, seemingly found the place he’ll make camp, and I love the simplicity of this piece, lots of negative space for all the files on your desktop.

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Michael Cina Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Michael Cina

Michael Cina is a man of many talents. As I’m writing this I’m thinking about how I need to link his name to his website… except he has like 12 websites, one for each of his interests. He’s a painter, a designer, and what we’ll be speaking about today, a typographer. A couple months back Michael released a rad typeface called Ramsey which is both bold and filled with character.

Ramsey’s tasty little details are what make it the perfect display font for both print and web. With strong structure and a warm personality, this typeface is a stout but refined workhorse. Ramsey’s strength really shines when it comes to identity work, headlines, and anything that requires a bold statement. This typeface’s 12 weights provide expansive versatility on and off screen, while it’s robust spacing and kerning creates a cool and even grey tone.

To celebrate the release of the font he created this beautiful wallpaper, the type beautifully weaved in between bursts of color. I love that this wallpaper is mostly dark as well, it personally helps me work, but I always like having bright colors around, so this I’d say is the best of both worlds. If you’re interested in seeing some great examples of how versatile Ramsey is I’d check out this Behance page Michael put up with about a thousand different examples.

If you want Ramsey for yourself you can buy it here on MyFonts.

Sam Ellis Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Sam Ellis

It’s always interesting to see how someone from a particular city, let’s say London, would interpret a city from across the globe, let’s say Los Angeles. What details would they include? Would the person show the city in a positive or negative light? Would they really understand what the city is about? That’s what we have today with this wallpaper by Sam Ellis.

Sam is a London based designer and illustrator who’s taken all that’s awesome about Los Angeles and piled into one epic piece. It’s incredible how many random cultural references he was able to put into one drawing. For example you have Lard Lad Donuts which is a reference to The Simpsons and it’s creator Matt Groening, which references the Bob’s Big Boy character and Randy’s Donuts giant donut, both of which are iconic Los Angeles landmarks.

You’ve also got basketball players, the Hollywood sign, Priui, the car from Grease, Red Hot Chili Pepper symbols, but most importantly, a gigantic In-N-Out sign in the middle. There’s just nothing better in the world than a burger at In-N-Out. A big thanks to Sam for creating such an awesome look at Los Angeles.

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Luke Twyman Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Luke Twyman

I first came across the work of UK artist Luke Twyman late last year and I was amazed at how beautiful it was. He painted these incredible snowy landscapes which had so much texture and detail. So it was immediately obvious that I needed him to create a wallpaper for the site.

Moving away from the snow he’s embraced a space-centric wallpaper that I’ve been using for about a month now. A lonely observatory sits atop a remote peak, peering off at a far-off quasar. I love the mystery and depth of tones in this piece, it’s just astounding. I’ve been using this as my wallpaper for the past month, I’m fond of darker backgrounds, and it works quite well.

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Siobhan Gallagher wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Siobhán Gallagher

Spring is definitely starting to settle in here in Los Angeles so having a wallpaper to match the vibe is always nice. This week’s wallpaper is by Toronto based designer and illustrator Siobhán Gallagher. She wrote me a few months ago, interested in doing a wallpaper, and after having looked through her work I was hooked. I was especially smitten with this poster she did for the University of the Art’s Senior Illustration Thesis Show, portraying a flock of multi-colored birds.

So I asked Siobhán if she’d be interested in creating another scene filled with critters, scarab beetles to be exact, and she was totally down with the idea. I absolutely love how this piece turned out. She not only created a slew of differently shaped beetles but the variation in colors and textures are fantastic. I think even people who aren’t fans of bugs would see the beauty in this wallpaper.

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Knoll Textiles Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Knoll Textiles

This week’s we’re helping kick off the 75th anniversary of furniture and textile company, Knoll. I’m a huge fan of the work they’ve helped produce over the years, like the Tulip chair designed by Eero Saarinen or the Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer, both iconic pieces of furniture design.

For the wallpaper this week we worked with KnollTextiles to make a wallpaper that showed off their beautiful textile designs but also made your iPhone, iPad or desktop look pretty sweet at the same time. I loved the flower pattern with it’s mix of different textures and the primary colors are bright and bold, just in time for spring.

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Brock Davis wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Brock Davis

Emo Pineapple. That’s the actual title for this awesome wallpaper by Brock Davis. Shortly after he sent the wallpaper we featured yesterday he sent this along and I started cracking up. It just amazes me how he’s able to transform the simplest of things into pieces of observational art. A huge thanks to Brock for making these wallpapers for the site.

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Brock Davis (1/2)

Brock Davis

I’m super excited for our wallpaper today as it features the work of one of the most creative guys out there, Brock Davis. I first noticed Brock’s work through his first Make Something Cool Everyday project back in 2009, where he turned everyday objects into pieces of art. This honey bear image is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen before.

Cut to the beginning of January when Jon and I were speaking about our favorite Instagrammers on The Build Up, and we mentioned Brock, and how great his Instagram feed is, and how rad it would be if he did a wallpaper. Since the Internet is the smallest place on earth I was introduced to Brock through Michael Cina, and like magic, he was down to do a wallpaper… or two. Today’s wallpaper is honest and hysterical, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Julie Lee Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Julie Lee

Back in January staff writer Andi Teran posted about the work of Julie Lee, a Los Angeles based artist who created the most amazing food collages. I remember seeing those beautiful pieces filled with beet ends and slices of peach with a garnish of lemon zest laid out in an almost wallpaper-esque pattern. I thought they were so beautiful, and immediately I began to wonder if she’d do a wallpaper for the site?

I wrote her and luckily enough she said she’d make something. So we plotted a bit and decided that she should make a beautiful wallpaper for the first day of Spring, which is today for those of us in the northern hemisphere. It also happens to be my grandma’s birthday, so a big happy birthday to her! It might be difficult to see in the small preview above but her wallpaper features a combination of food stuffs paired with vibrantly colored flowers. You’ll find a bit of asparagus, a peeled snap pea, some lavender, a little broccolini… you get the picture.

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Iceland Smjör Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Iceland Edition

I’ve been having a pretty good time here in Iceland so I got a little behind on the this week’s wallpapaer, sorry about that. One of the first things I did encounter though was Iceland’s copious amounts of interesting butter products, which of course I was smitten with. The best of the bunch though had to be the Smjör, which was super rich and creamy, perfect for a fresh baked piece of bread.

My love of Smjör led me on a search for more information, and I eventually stumbled across a beautifully hand painted Smjör ad that I thought was pretty amazing. I mean, who doesn’t love babies carrying around giant sticks of butter? So I cleaned up what I found, made it all sharp and new, and turned it into something for your mobile device or desktop. I’ve totally set this as my wallpaper on my Macbook, and I must admit it’s pretty damn funny. I was also thinking to myself how funny it would be if this was actually a sponsored wallpaper… rolling in butter money. I know this wallpaper is random but I’m sure a few of you out there will appreciate it.

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Neuarmy Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop


With our wallpapers this year the messaging has tended to be rather inspirational. I guess it’s something that I look for, that when I look at my monitor I want something affirming to remind me that I’m doing cool shit. So this week we’re continuing out trend with this awesome wallpaper from Neuarmy. If you’re unfamiliar Neuarmy is the moniker of Ryan Katrina, a designer from Philadelphia with a unique style that mixes modern day design with a throwback style.

The phrase “This Ain’t No Side Hustle” is the trademark of Ryan’s though it’s certainly something we can all live by. For me it’s running this site, for you it might be making wooden pipes or designing baseball hats, but they’re our passions and we should be proud of them. I’ve had Ryan’s wallpaper has my desktop for about a month now and I’m stil loving it. The simple black and white doesn’t get in the way of my work and the bold message always keeps me inspired.

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Tom Froese - Anti-Bullying Day Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Tom Froese

Anti-Bullying Day, from Wikipedia:

Anti-Bullying Day (a.k.a. Pink Shirt Day) is a day celebrated during the last Wednesday of the month February in Canada, which originally started as a protest against a bullying incident at a Nova Scotia high school (Central Kings Rural High School). On this day, participants wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying.

That’s the subject of today’s wallpaper from Vancouver based illustrator and designer Tom Froese. Tom wanted to create a piece that supported Anti-Bullying Day in an interesting and beautiful way and I think this wallpaper does the perfectly. If you look up images around the day you’ll see a lot of horrible fonts and cheesy, 90’s looking slogans, which definitely isn’t the best way to get this important message across.

What’s Tom done so well is elevated the day into something beautiful and refined. In my own opinion I think he’s made the day rather cool. It’s not a bunch of parents in ill fitting t-shirts, it’s stylish men and women in crisp pink button-ups. It’s also worth noting how lovely all the textures are on this piece, they really sell it. A huge thanks to Tom for bringing Anti-Bullying Day to my attention and for creating something so perfect to celebrate it.

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Julieta Felix wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Julieta Felix

For all the amazing technology we have these days sometimes you just can’t beat a book. That’s the view point of Julieta Felix at least, a designer from Tempe, Arizona. Julieta sent this wallpaper over to me and I thought it was great, especially all the little details in all the controls and electronics. The contrast in complexity between the doodads and the book is a reminder that sometimes we do need to disconnect every now and then.

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Eight Hour Day Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, and Desktop

Eight Hour Day

Power couples. Those interesting duos where both individuals contain vast amounts of talent, and when combined, form the equivalent of a Paul Rand-powered Voltron. That’s the image that comes to mind when I think of Eight Hour Day, the pseudonym of Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg. Working out of Minneapolis, this pair of designers create branding, websites, children’s books, you name it, with a subtle grace and timeless design sense that makes any professional designer green with envy.

For today’s wallpaper they’ve taken their uncanny ability to create patterns ans served up a lovely piece titled “Summertime.” Filled with birds, snails and snakes (oh my!) I think this pattern is amazing. I remember when I opened the email this was in and I cheered at my desk and immediately had to show all my co-workers. A huge thanks to Katie and Nathan for creating such a lovely wallpaper. If you love it as much as me you can also snag it as a pillow for your bed or couch. Pretty rad.

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 Zack Davenport Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Zack Davenport

Valentine’s Day. It’s that hit or miss holiday that can be amazing or depressing depending upon your current relationship status. Either way we’re serving up a wallpaper that takes a more neutral tone to the idea of love – whether it be toward another person or perhaps the work you do. Today’s wallpaper is from Zack Davenport, a Brooklyn based designer and illustrator who spends his days “making pretty stuff for foursquare.” As per usual for me these days I feel in love with the work on his Dribbble and wanted to work with him on wallpaper immediately. What’s obvious about Zack’s work is that he has a super keen sense for iconography and type, and he an impressive range of styles which he taps into to create a myriad of work from. You definitely can’t pigeonhole him.

For the wallpaper I suggested that we use a quote from Takashi Murakami’s new book Ego which I’d recently been drooling over. The quote comes from the following paragraph.

I get a sense of fulfillment whenever strangers buy my work or merchandise. It’s a compliment that transcends words. Art is a constant give and take between cultural signifiers, and I’m constantly importing and exporting art as both merchandise and culture. I think there are a lot of people who take great pleasure from these transactions of the heart. Whenever I support or directly mediate the process to ensure that it goes smoothly my happiness in direct proportion to the amount of work and effort put into the project.

I think “transactions of the heart” is an interesting concept and I think Zack totally nailed it with his wallpaper. The hands shaking in a heart couldn’t be more iconic. I think the arrow going through the heart/hands also seals the deal pretty well. A huge thanks to Zack for his great work.

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Dave Foster Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Dave Foster

We’ve been on somewhat of a streak lately for lovely type based pieces on The Wallpaper Project lately and today’s piece is no exception. The wallpaper above was created by Dave Foster, an Amsterdam based designer and calligrapher who is a graduate of the Type and Media Masters programme held at the Royal Academy of Art. He recently did this great calligraphic post on his blog where he wrote out the names of some his followers. It’s a perfect example of just how talented Dave is at lettering.

For his wallpaper he took a modified quote from Picasso, “Action is the foundation of all success”, and lettered it up all pretty for us to enjoy. I love seeing work like this, I mean, look at the A in Action. It’s basically perfection. And how the T in Action also acts as the dot for the I. Stunning. He was able to find such a perfect balance to the words, it’s like type ballet on the paper. A huge thanks to Dave for creating something so beautiful for the site.

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Ryan Hamrick Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Ryan Hamrick

This week’s wallpaper Pittsburgh based designer and illustrator Ryan Hamrick is giving us a beautiful, script based wallpaper to light up our desktops. Ryan sent me a link to his work, I think specifically his Dribbble account, and I was immediately taken by all the fantastic type/calligraphy he’d done. For his wallpaper he chose to use a quote from one of his favorite songs for inspiration.

I decided to letter a quote from what’s probably my favorite song of 2012 from my favorite album of 2012. Geographer’s Kites from the album Myth.

The awesome background texture, which I thought looked like tree bark, was done in Illustrator, borrowed from the colors of the album. Overall I’m totally in love with this wallpaper. I can’t believe the details in this piece, I feel like if I tried something like this it would take me weeks. A huge thanks to Ryan for contributing such a stunning wallpaper.

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Michele Miller wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Michele Miller

Leading up to our week of food themed posts, I started to think about who could create a really beautiful food based wallpaper. I wasn’t quite sure who to reach out to, until I started looking through the photos of Michael Graydon that I needed to ask my good friend Michele Miller. Michele is an Art Center grad who studied fine art and illustration and has an incredible talent for drawing, which in my opinion she doesn’t do enough of. She also has an intense love for oysters, just like myself, and in fact we make good oyster eating buddies because we like the opposite types of oysters: I prefer the creamy ones, she likes the briny, salty ones.

As for her wallpaper I think it’s stunning, it’s everything that’s perfect and beautiful about an oyster. Her wallpaper also made me remember how very… carnal oysters are. If Georgia O’Keefe would have made art around foods instead of flowers I think she absolutely would have chosen the oyster. I’m sure that not everyone appreciates oysters the way that Michele and I do, so this wallpaper is dedicated to those like us. Whether you like oysters naked, with lemon or with a bit of mignonette, this wallpaper is for you.

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Chris Rushing desktop wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Chris Rushing

Thanks to the holidays I was behind on wallpapers, a state that totally bums me out. I know a lot of readers come to the site just for the wallpapers so I hate to disappoint. So I took to Twitter on Monday looking for someone to find
to bust out a sweet wallpaper in no time flat. Thankfully Chris Rushing, New York based designer and typographer, responded to my request and hooked us up with a great image.

When you look through the typography part of Chris’ site you’ll see a ton of amazing hand drawn scripts and type, which I totally was smitten with. I asked Chris to turn one of my favorite phrases, “Hard Days Make Peaceful Nights,” which I took from this Final Fantasy song, into something beautiful, and I think he totally nailed it. Enjoy the wallpaper and be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.

Dark Igloo wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Dark Igloo (2/2)

Yesterday’s Dark Igloo Desktop Wallpaper was a stark, holiday-ish NICE from Dave Franzese. Today is other half of the duo Mark Miller’s take for your desktop which is a collection of black, grey, silver, and off-white toy accessories from many of our childhoods. See any that look familiar? Surely you do. The image almost feels like a display of weapons that a character in Robot Chicken would grab during a fight scene, which adds a really playful quality to it. That said, it retains a very understated sophistication from the perfect balancing of light and color. Miller’s wallpaper is backhandedly about the holiday season as it references toys, memory, youth, and nostalgia in one clean image. Now let’s all spend the afternoon trolling eBay for action figures from when we were kids…