I’ve been friends with the homies of Dark Igloo, made up of duo Dave Franzese and Mark Miller, for a few years now, and they’re two of the most creative dudes I know. Taking a look at their portfolio you can see the amazing amount of diverse thinking they posess – each project is unique and totally engaging. The guys hit me up recently with some beautiful wallpapers that I’ll be sharing today and tomorrow. The first is Dave’s wallpaper who’s keeping things NICE. I feel like this is a perfect wallpaper for the season; nothing overly holiday but certainly fits the vibe of the weather. Check back tomorrow for Mark’s wallpaper which is a throwback to the little things that made up (some) of our childhoods.
Everyone I know loves bikes, especially sweet bicycle illustrations. Today’s wallpaper from Jude Landry is particularly great not only because of the sweet ride he’s illustrated but also because his style is really fun and colorful. I love that he worked the globes into the wheels which serve as reminders of the proliferation of bicycles and how they can get you around the world.
I’ve been in a super colorful mindset lately, the more cracked out the better. So obviously today’s wallpaper fits my vibe to a tee. It was created by Trevor Tarczynski, a Los Angeles based designer who’s known around town for designing some of the best show posters. For his wallpaper he took the lyrics from a song he loves, in this case the Beach Boys song I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, and the styled them to look like the calligraphic work of Mouneer Al Shaarani. The line above says, “I guess I just wasn’t made for these times,” a lyric I’ve always thought was so incredibly poetic. It’s also pretty cool how he did the background.
The wavy effect was achieved by spraying water onto my monitor and taking some photos then work in Photoshop. I’m really happy with the results. A soft prismatic and psychedelic yet digital vibe.
A big thanks to Trevor for such a beautiful wallpaper. Check back next Wednesday for another great background.
Last week we featured a really rad wallpaper from Will Bryant that showcased a collection of medals for winners and losers. Funny enough Will also sent me even more wallpapers, saying that I could use them if I wanted to. Well I thought this one, simply titled Practice Kindness, would be great to have on the site.
I love the colors, the way the text interacts with the background texture, and the messages is spot on. I always feel like people who are kind, who really give a damn about other people, end up doing best in life. That’s what I feel this wallpaper is about, and Will has done a beautiful job of illustrating this mantra. A big thanks to Will for two awesome wallpapers!
Last night was a night of winners and losers with no grey area in between. But life isn’t always so black and white, and these medals by Will Bryant are a perfect example. I’ve known Will for several years now, he’s done wallpapers for the site previously, and now he’s living in the creative epicenter of Portland getting his MFA in Studio Practice. His work is always playful and fun, utilizing a ton of bright colors and tackling serious subjects like hot dogs with glasses. He made these medals titled Celebrate Failure which sum up a gamut of feelings when it comes to winning and losing. I think we should give these medals out to folks more often, despite what place they come in.
Be sure to check out the iPad and iPhone sizes as well which feature different orientations to fit the devices. A big thanks to Will for sending me these sweet photos. He also sent me some other wallpapers as well, so you may be seeing his work again next week!
Astoundingly it’s already November. I’m not sure that October even happened. Nonetheless time marches on and we have a new wallpaper from our friends at Ten Paces and Draw. For this month’s wallpaper Ten Paces and Draw curator Alyssa Nassner was able to snag Olivia Mew, a Canadian illustrator and textile designer who’s got some serious skills. She decided to make a wallpaper that reflects Remembrance Day, a memorial day that’s observed by many countries around the world.
“November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada & the UK, our version of memorial day. The poppy is the symbol of it, so come November lots of people wear poppy pins on their coats as a sign of respect.”
What I love about our monthly wallpapers with Ten Paces and Draw is that they draw from a really wide variety of topics. I think Olivia has created a really wonderful looking wallpaper that can also be really meaningful to a lot of people. I like the contrast between life and death as well, the skull with the poppies and subtle moth is stunning. Not to forget that the color palette is extraordinary. A big thanks to Olivia for a job well done and thanks to Alyssa from Ten Paces for picking yet another wonderful artist. Check back next month for December’s wallpaper!
I’m sure many of you readers are night owls. As creatives we tend to work late in the night to meet tight deadlines or to realize that vision we have deep in the back of our minds. Today’s wallpaper from Mike Giles, a Phoenix based designer, illustrates this idea perfectly. It also illustrates that late night work sessions are made way better when you have dogs around. A beagle to be specific. Mike has a dog named Banner who’s put into this piece and who’s also featured on the iPhone and iPhone 5 versions of the wallpaper.
Though I must admit, based on the clock in Mike’s wallpaper 11:05 at night is stil pretty early, or maybe that’s just me?
We’ve reached the end of the series of Halloween Desktop Wallpapers so why not end the week as Halloween night ends for most kids? With razors in chocolates, shitty “healthy” candy, and a peanut butter cup or two that you eat immediately because it’s the best candy you have. The final wallpaper is by Braden Graeber and is an homage to Halloween candy culture. There’s a little bit of grandma hard candy we all hate, broken Pixy Sticks because Pixy Sticks always break, and some Tic-Tac looking pills that are undoubtedly treats for the parents: it’s all a part of Halloween. Braden’s has laid it all out in a colorful, humorous, and somewhat entrancing way to remind you of that Halloween isn’t just about frights and fun–it’s also about terrible candy.
We’re nearing the end of our week of Halloween wallpapers but the momentum isn’t slowing down. Today we have a fun wallpaper from Spencer Harrison a designer from Melbourne who founded Happy Stüdio. For his wallpaper he took a smattering of everything that makes this day Halloween-y and laid it out in a clear, concise manner. This is the wallpaper for the designer who likes their Halloween to be clean and minimal, don’t you think?
Thanks so much to Spencer and check back tomorrow for our final wallpaper!
It’s our third day of Halloween inspired wallpapers continues and the awesome art just doesn’t stop. Today we have the work of Meredith Sadler, a Toronto based illustrator who’s style is rough and textural with lots of bursts of color. She’s illustrated a wallpaper that feels like the quintessential Halloween look – spooky ghosts, haunted houses and a foreboding crescent moon hanging low in the sky. I love the way she played with colors on this piece, the way the sky blue lines of the house contrast really well with the background. And the ghostly trail weaving through the houses has such a great color shift as he makes his way through the neighborhood.
A big thanks to Meredith for a wonderful wallpaper and check back in tomorrow for another!