Category The Desktop Wallpaper Project

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Brad Simon

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Michael Cina

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.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Sam Ellis

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Luke Twyman

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Siobhán Gallagher

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Knoll

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

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)

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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The Desktop Wallpaper featuring Julie Lee

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project: Iceland Edition

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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