The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Nick Cocozza

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Nick Cocozza

Nick Cocozza

Name: Nick Cocozza
Degree/College: Illustration/ BAhons/ Duncan Of Jordanstone College Of Art And Design, Dundee.

About Your Wallpaper:
I was initially inspired by the 1980s film “BMX Bandits”. This combined with my interest in British gang culture led me to develop a darker narrative set on the streets of a Scottish working class neighbourhood.

The choice in colour reflects the division between the positive and negative aspects of growing up in a British council estate.

July 8, 2009 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Owen Gatley

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Owen Gatley

Owen Gatley

Name: Owen Gatley
Degree/College: Illustration BA (hons) University of the West of England.

About Your Wallpaper:
My wallpaper pays homage to the Great Arnold Schwarzenegger, the only man on the universe whose powers of versatility know no bounds. From Mr Universe to Governor of California, no feat is too great for Arnie. He’s my inspiration.

I would definitely have to agree with Owen on this one, Ahnold is pretty awesome… except when it comes to politics, as California is kinda going to crap right now. Nonetheless, his movies are amazing and his versatility has always been astounding. Oh yeah, and Owen’s drawings are perfect and totally spot on. This should definitely make your friends and co-workers giggle.

UPDATE: I made a little mistake, Owen’s last name is Gatley, not Gateley. Sorry about that.

July 7, 2009 / By

Rhizomatiks Clock Series 01-06

iPhone applications are getting more and more complex and exciting all the time, as evidenced by the programs above by Rhizomatiks, a Japan based design agency. They’ve created a series of clock applications that are pushing the boundaries of art in iPhone applications. These clocks each display time in a unique way, like numbers on tags hanging from strings or brightly colored digits flying away at a diagonal angle. These kind of remind me of something that UNIQLO would do, which I think is totally a compliment to Rhizomatiks. Each of these apps is free to play with, so I’d recommend scoring them all and impressing people.

Click here for the download links to each of these.

Found through Creative Applications


July 6, 2009 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project + Just Us. with Ben Cain

The Desktop Wallpaper Project + Just Us. with Ben Cain

Ben Cain

I received an email from a fellow named Will Hibberd a couple months ago asking me if I’d be interested in featuring some of the work from a design collective he helped start in The Desktop Wallpaper Project. The collective is called Just Us., and is made up of a number of young designers and recent graduates from the U.K. They’ve banded together to pool their talent, I think the idea being that if you one of them gets noticed, there’s a chance another of them might as well.

Looking through their work, I realized this was one extremely talented group of people. But the DWP is only once a week, and I wanted to be able to feature these young creatives faster then that. So Will and I plotted and planned and came up with a novel idea. We decided to release a wallpaper every weekday for the entire month of July. Monday through Friday, nonstop wallpapers, a constant stream of beautiful art.

The wallpapers I’ve received are pretty amazing, and I’m sure many of you will be finding new favorite artists over the next month. I’ve also decided on a different format for these artists. I’ve asked them some basic information about themselves and to describe their wallpapers, just to give a bit of insight. I can’t wait to show you all the rad stuff we have in store. Their styles are all over the place and there’s definitely something here for everyone. I hope you enjoy the next month of wallpapers and we’ll see you back tomorrow.

Name: Ben Cain
Degree/College: BA (Hons) Illustration, University for the Creative Arts (Maidstone)

About Your Wallpaper:
Halfway through working on an idea that was really just an excuse for me to draw lots of wolves, I started to think about where the icons would go. I looked at my desktop, which is usually swamped with hundreds of different versions of whatever I’m working on at the moment – left dumped wherever I’d dragged them to – and I started again, trying to design a wallpaper that would work for messy desktop keepers, and letting the icons play a part in the image. I had a couple of scenarios in mind, but I got into drawing divers, so that was that.

July 1, 2009 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Bupla


Good Thursday, sorry for not posting this yesterday. As I was getting this week’s desktop wallpaper ready I realized that last week was Bosque, and this week is Bupla, both odd little B names. Oh well. Bupla is made up of Clémentine Dérodit and Mathieu Quiblier, a French artist and designer who make really cutesy characters and colorful art together. There’s just something about their style that totally grabs me and still feels really unique.

Their wallpaper is quite minimal and almost creepy. I really haven’t the faintest idea of what’s going on, but I love the soft focus and the muted colors. And the little critter by the tooth tree should definitely be made into some kind of plush figure.

June 11, 2009 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Deke Smith

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Deke Smith

Deke Smith

This week’s artist is the wonderfully talented, Deke Smith, an illustrator who lives and works in Vermont. I wasn’t quite sure about letting Deke do a wallpaper, but then I saw his drawing of 2Pac riding a unicorn… I mean, how could I say not this guy?! Seriously, Deke has a really great style, and always comes up with really fun characters.

For his wallpaper he went with a kind of fusion of styles, a collage of random people with a bunch of his drawings mixed in there. My favorite guy is the pyramid with the eyeball, mostly because I have something similar tattooed on my arm (I am not a Mason, thank you very much).

May 20, 2009 / By