Category The Desktop Wallpaper Project

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Neuarmy

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.

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

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Tom Froese

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Julieta Felix

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Eight Hour Day

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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Zack Davenport

 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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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dave Foster

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.

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