Desktop Wallpaper Project

The Halloween Wallpaper Project featuring Meredith Sadler

Meredith Sadler

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!

The Halloween Wallpaper Project featuring Haik Avanian

Haik Avanian

We continue our week of Halloween inspired wallpapers with this super clever approach by Haik Avanian. Rather than showing a bunch of different candies Haik went the opposite route and blew up a Tootsie Roll to an extreme proportion. It’s definitely pop art inspired and I think the simplicity of a piece like this works so well as a wallpaper. A big thanks to Haik for such a wonderful wallpaper, and be sure to check in tomorrow and the rest of the week for more wallpaper goodness.

The Halloween Wallpaper Project featuring Noah MacMillan

Noah MacMillan

For those of us in the States (and certain places around the globe) it’s Halloween time, probably one of my favorite times of year. I remember dressing up as the weirdest things as a chid (proof here) and then running around the neighborhood collecting candy. In that spirit I decided to gather a group of five talented creatives to make some Halloween themed wallpapers to decorate your devices each day this week.

First up is Noah MacMillan a St. Louis based designer and illustrator who’s work is colorful yet kinda’ dark and edgy in execution. Noah decided that he want to eschew the norms of Halloween and make a wallpaper that was “something a little spooky and mysterious without falling to deep into campy halloween-land.” I think he totally killed it, and I love everything about this wallpaper. The crows, the keys, the spooky branches… it’s perfect.

Again, check back every day this week for a new wallpaper!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Matthew Foster

Mathew Foster

I love getting random emails from friends who want to participate in the Desktop Wallpaper Project. That’s what happened a few days ago with my buddy Mathew Foster. Mathew’s an amazingly talented guy, dabbling in graphic an environmental design, creating a ton of fantastic work (which you should check out).

Mathew had this sweet graphic on his desktop which he plans on using for an upcoming project, so he thought it would work great for a wallpaper as well. I have to totally agree. It’s a bold, simple message displayed in high contrast black and white, perfect for the minimalists in all of us. A big thanks to Mathew for the sweet art.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ten Paces and Draw, with Nolan Pelletier

Nolan Pelletier

I feel like I’m doing a lot of catching up today, with the winner of the Re-Covered Books contest announced and now we’ve got our October wallpaper from Ten Paces and Draw. This spooky wallpaper was created by Nolan Pelletier, a Toronto based illustrator who’s sparse illustrations are still colorful and lively. His wallpaper is pretty funny, like the guy with the flashlight is on a ghost hunt in a haunted graveyard. A big thanks to Alyssa from Ten Paces and Draw and to Nolan!

Santiago Merino Wallpaper

Santiago Merino

Santiago Merino is an artist working in Buenos Aires, Argentina and finishing up his Editorial Design degree. Santiago wrote me a bit ago about participating in the project and I really enjoyed his aesthetic. His work was comprised of a lot of layering and a lot of texture, giving each of his pieces a unique, one-of-a-kind feeling. For his wallpaper he took ink, acrylics and coffee then put it all into Photoshop to perfect it.

I think the wallpaper is really interesting because it’s so different from the normal imagery we focus on. It’s dark and it’s dirty with lots of subtle details. This might not be for everyone but I know some of you are going to love it. A big thanks to Santiago for such an inspiring piece.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring James Olstein

James Olstein

Summer is starting to dwindle out for a lot of us in the northern hemisphere. I’m still holding out for more warm weather (and probably getting it for a while, Los Angeles doesn’t cool down till January). Today’s wallpaper embodies one of the hallmarks of summer – eating ice cream to beat the heat. James Olstein made today’s wallpaper and may have created one of the best puns of all time for his ice cream stand. For that he should be commended. Cone Thugs and Harmony for life!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford

Today’s wallpaper is an inky adventure filled with food by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford. Johanna is kind of a wizard when it comes to ink. She creates this extremely detailed pieces which you get to scour over, absorbing all the tiniest details.

Her wallpaper perfect example of this, scattered with tasty treats and healthy vegetables. There are also some minor variations in the wallpapers. The desktop versions have a lot of white space around the edges, plenty of room for all your icons, while the iPhone and iPad versions are mor full screen.

You might also notice there’s an iPhone 5 option as well. This is the first wallpaper to have it. Clearly I have a lot of work ahead of me resizing all the wallpapers, but it’ll be done soon!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Levi Hastings

Levi Hastings

Summer seems to be winding down slowly, it’s currently sprinkling here in Los Angeles, so a bit of nostalgia feels in order. Our wallpaper this week is from Levi Hastings, an illustrator and graphic designer based in Seattle. Levi has a fondness for mustaches and watercolors, which becomes quite evident when you see his work.

His wallpaper though is a page from one of his sketchbooks, here’s his story.

I’ve been very fortunate to take a few trips to Greece, Turkey and Italy over the past few years. My boyfriend’s family is Greek, so I’ve received the authentic Mediterranean treatment alongside the typical tourist runaround, which has left me with a strong connection to these places.

There’s nothing I love more than an afternoon break following a long morning of sightseeing, kicking back on the cobblestones of a busy plaza. It’s one of the best ways I’ve found to fully appreciate the exhilaration and exhaustion that comes with foreign travel. This piece combines a few of my favorite cities, particularly, Istanbul and Athens and Siena.

I love the combination of imagery along with a beautifully balanced color palette. The angles of the piece make it almost look like the buildings are being reflected off of water rather than cobble stone. This makes me want to travel to Europe so desperately.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ten Paces and Draw, with Niv Bavarsky

Niv Bavarsky

Each month we get a specially curated wallpaper from Alyssa Nassner, the force behind Ten Paces and Draw, who finds us a very talented creative to make a themed wallpaper based on the month that it appears. For September we have Bay Area illustrator Niv Bavarsky, who previously graced us with his Animal Collective wallpaper.

His wallpaper features a simple message, “Do you remember? Dancing in September”, set in a washed out rave of colors. The type and the background certainly look like someone who’s been dancing until 4 in the morning, perhaps we should take his wallpaper as some solid advice? As a sort of easter egg, you should take this wallpaper, throw it into Photoshop and hit it with the auto levels. You can see just how crazy the wallpaper actually was before he toned it down.

A huge thanks to Alyssa for inviting yet another great artist, and to Niv for being such a great artist!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Janna Morton

Janna Morton

Last week’s wallpaper took a trip into the ocean, so this week we’re doing the exact opposite, taking a voyage to the arid outback of the desert. Our wallpaper is compliments of Baltimore based illustrator Janna Morton who has a truly unique style. All of her work is extremely iconic and really bold, as you can see above. Her wallpaper is a mix of all sorts of beautiful desert plants as well as lots of random critters scurrying about all over the place. If the desert isn’t quite your style, you may want to download Mary-Kate McDevitt’s iceberg wallpaper!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Michela Buttignol

Michela Buttignol

I feel like the DWP has been a bit too “fun in the sun oh look it’s summer” lately so I wanted to mix it up a bit with something different, something a bit more somber. I thought this wallpaper from Michela Buttignol would be great, as it’s a bit darker in tone and the style feels very fine art to me. Michela is an Italian illustrator who’s based in New York, doing freelance illustration and graphic design projects. Her style incorporates a lot of charcoal, giving this beautiful, heavy texture to all her work, which comes across clearly in the wallpaper above. It’s dark and mysterious yet still retains an aspect of cheekiness with the touches of rouge on the cheeks of the fish and the spectacles they wear. A big thanks to Michela for such a lovely piece of art. Check back next Wednesday for another great wallpaper!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Rinee Shah

Rinee Shah

This week’s wallpaper is a continuation of sorts, an artist extending the reach of a piece of work even further. Our artist for this week’s wallpaper is Rinee Shah, a San Francisco based illustrator who back in February had a solo show called Seinfood: An Art Show About Nothing, drawing the food that was featured prevalently in the show. Who can forget the time when Kramer accidentally drops a Junior Mint into the artist that Elaine is dating? Or Jerry’s infatuation with Pez?

Rinee has collected the most memorable candies from Seinfeld and collected them into one hysterical and delicious wallpaper. Be sure to check out the iPhone and iPad versions as well, which feature brighter backgrounds that are more fitting for mobile devices. A huge thanks to Rinee for sharing her Seinfood with us. Also, if you’re interested, you can buy some of Rinee’s Seinfood as prints by clicking here.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring TJ Rippelmeyer

TJ Rippelmeyer

Last weekend Kyle and I had a little get together with some friends around our pool. We barbecue burgers and portabellos, drank good beer and had a fun time enjoying the summer. Thus I present today’s wallpaper from TJ Rippelmeyer, an icon and type base homage to summer. TJ, along with being from St. Louis, has an amazing name that sounds like he should run a candy company from the 1930s. His work also has sort of a nod to the past, a nostalgia that’s not overbearing or trying to be something it’s not. It’s simple, it’s elegant, and it’s lovely to look at.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ten Paces and Draw, with Heather Diane Hardison

Heather Diane Hardison

It’s August, the best month of the year (mostly because I was born in August) and the month with no real holidays. It’s also an amazing time for amazing produce here in the northern hemisphere, and our monthly DWP contributor Heather Diane Hardison is paying homage with her wallpaper. Heather is a Berkeley based illustrator who’s got a knack for type and a love for nature, as it’s present in so much of her work. Honestly her wallpaper makes me hungry just looking at it.

A big thanks to Alyssa from Ten Paces and Draw for curating yet another great artist for our monthly wallpapers. Check back September 1 for another wonderful wallpaper.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Slumber


This week’s wallpaper may very well be one of the best we’ve ever featured. It was created by Sam Hadley, who also goes by the alias Slumber, who’s a commercial illustrator currently working in Bristol. When I started looking for new collaborators for the DWP Slumber wrote me a nice email and said he’d be interested in helping out. I have quite an affinity for his landscapes, so I asked him if he’d be interested in creating something “Japanese inspired”, as I also have the the affinity for everything Japan related.

To my shock and awe, he sent the amazing, gorgeous, superlative-inducing wallpaper you see above. To put it simply, this is a stunning piece of art. The lovely pagoda, the peaceful crane; everything about this is perfect to me. It’s so serene and calming. If you don’t make this your desktop background you might be crazy. A huge from-the-bottom-of-my-heart thanks to Sam for making such a wonderful piece.

You can also get this wallpaper as a gorgeous Giclée print by clicking here.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring André Britz

André Britz

This week I tried to pick a wallpaper from the queue that would fit our sports theme in some way shape or form, so I thought this piece by André Britz was an interesting choice. André is a part of group of creatives called Britzpeterman, and you may remember these fantastic window installations they did in their office. On his own though he’s doing these really great illustrations which are dynamic and colorful, many of which you can see here.

With André’s wallpaper I was imagining a bunch of guys on the soccer pitch, getting ready to play a game of soccer. I don’t think this is necessarily what André had in mind, but I don’t think it’s far stretch. I think a lot of you are going to like this wallpaper for it’s simplicity and color palette. I also love the detail of the image in the hoody, it gives the piece just a touch of texture. A big thanks to André, check back next wWednesday for another sweet wallpaper.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Skip Hursh

Skip Hursh

This week’s wallpaper is a visual doozy, the weak of heart be warned. It was created by long-time TFIB reader Skip Hursh, a Brooklyn based designer, illustrator and jack of all trades. I got to meet Skip at the TFIB/LAIY meet-up in New York and he’s a super nice guy, not to mentioned talented, doing work for himself but also designing and animating for Nickelodeon. His wallpaper is currently residing on my iPhone as it’s the perfect vibe for summer. Every time my phone lights up I see the insane colors and bold, wonderful shapes and I get excited. A huge thanks fo Skip for such a rad wallpaper!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Mike Perry

Mike Perry

This week we have a very awesome wallpaper by an amazing artist for a special project. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the work of Mike Perry, one of New York’s finest artist and creative thinkers. Over the years Mike has been diversifying his talents, ranging from fine art to published books, but his newest endeavor is the largest and most ambitious yet. It’s called Wondering Around Wandering, and it sounds like it’s going to be a ton of fun.

WAW will be a 3 month free community exhibition and event space where I will be conducting workshops, screenings, gatherings, open discussions, and much more. The space will be a living / evolving environment where visitors will be able to freely explore and create their own unique experience.

In order to make this dream happen though he needs our help. He’s started a Kickstarter for his project and it still needs funding. He’s got all sorts of amazing goodies for those who donate, so even if you’re not in New York you can still help out a fellow artist and get something cool out of the deal, like zines or limited edition prints, and for super cheap.

I’d like to suggest that if you download any of the wallpapers that you donate at least $1 to Mike to help him make this happen, it’s the least you can do. The artists on the Desktop Wallpaper Project always give their art away for free, so maybe it’s time we start giving back to them, you know?

Click here to donate to Mike Perry’s Wondering Around Wandering project on Kickstarter.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Ten Paces and Draw, with Llew Mejia

Llew Mejia

It’s July 1st and summer is in full bloom (well, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere). It’s incredible that we’re already seven months into the year, but I’m not complaining, summer is my favorite season. I love the warm temperatures and how it stays lighter later, it reminds me of my childhood, running around shoeless through my neighborhood. Though this month’s wallpaper doesn’t reflect the views of my childhood memories of summer, it’s much more akin to how I spend my summers these days.

Thanks to Alyssa at Ten Paces and Draw, our wonderful monthly wallpaper curator, we have a really awesome desktop for July from Llew Mejia. Llew is a Minneapolis based illustrator who does some really great work in typography and pattern making. He also has a new project he’s just starting called 101Florals, which you can imagine, is a series of lovely floral prints by Llew and his partner in crime Lindsey. They’re already off to an amazing start, check out this poppy pattern that they’ve created. Too amazing, right?

As you can see from his wallpaper Llew is really good at summer-ing – enjoying lemonade in the shade, bonfires, night rides, and dry martinis. One of my favorite little details he put into this are black cats, which I’m taking to mean the fireworks, which I totally loved as a kid. Enjoy the wallpaper, and enjoy the summer!