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Dan Simmons wallpaper - iPad, iPhone, Desktop

Dan Simmons

When you think of people who are “Instagram famous” you’re probably imagining a photographer. Well Daniel Patrick Simmons is “Instagram famous” but not because of his photos, it’s for his remarkable lettering. What’s even more remarkable is his personal story, the 5 minute version being that he left a good job at Apple to follow his passion for lettering and it’s paying off.

He was nice enough to create an awesome wallpaper for today featuring one of his favorite Pablo Picasso quotes, which says “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Too true. I love that he chose to shoot his entire process on a desktop, showing the time and work he put into his piece. Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram where he posts lots of behind-the-scenes photos of his work in process.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Matt Luckhurst

Matt Luckhurst

I’m oftentimes spoiled by the super creative people I get to collaborate with on The Desktop Wallpaper Project. Sometimes people reach out to me and ask if they can participate, but I can’t always say yes. Most often I write the people who I think are creating amazing things and see if they’d be interested in working together. Today is one of those days where I’m astonished by the high level of quality put into this wallpaper.

It comes from Matt Luckhurst, a designer and illustrator who currently resides in San Francisco. He’s a 2012 ADC Young Guns recipient, he’s illustrated a book about Paul Bunyan, and an all around mega creative guy. For his wallpaper he’s done a series of abstract nude figures, beautifully rendered in warm yellows and oranges with splashes of blue to make it all pop. This is an incredible work of art, and I have to give major props to Matt for creating something this beautiful.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jacob Zinman-Jeanes

Jacob Zinman-Jeanes

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the desert, Palm Springs in particular. Kyle and the dogs and I drive the two hour trip about every two months to get away from the daily hustle and relax poolside, blue drinks in hand. Another aspect I love about the desert is the amazing plant life it supports. Th diversity of plants is extraordinary and most of the time these plants look like something you’d find under the ocean, not in the middle of the desert. I’m pretty sure that Jacob Zinman-Jeanes, a Melbourne based illustrator and designer, would love these plants as much as I do, based on this week’s wallpaper which he created.

This cactus filled wallpaper is amazing, featuring all sorts of amazing varieties and that color palette! So great. Perhaps this is Jacob’s secret dream life, to grow cacti and desert plants, shucking the day-to-day grind that so many of us want to escape?

Ben Wallis Wallpaper

Ben Wallis

Love. It’s a double edged sword. Both wonderful and painful, we can’t live with it and we can’t live without it. As an optimist and a romantic, I find Valentine’s Day to be a rather wonderful time, able to show the one I love how much they mean. I also think it’s a way to show how much you mean to me, dear reader, and so I’ve worked with Ben Wallis on crafting a heartfelt wallpaper for this special time. You might remember Ben, he won our Re-Covered Books contest for his awesome Harry Potter cover. He’s working towards doing illustration full-time, which I definitely support.

He calls his wallpaper Cutaway Lovers, two lovers that are divided into skin, bones, guts, and spirit. At the center they share the same heart. As he says, “I like the idea of this being a fun cutesy valentines drawing, but with weird guts and gore.” Ditto. Love is amazing but it can also be quite honest and messy.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Flagsmith

Flagsmith

There’s something quite alluring about maritime signal flags, especially as a designer. The elaborate series of shapes with associated meanings are incredibly functional but also look beautiful from an outsiders point of view. This is certainly a part of the reason why Always With Honor and Scribble Tone have created Flagsmith, a flag building typeface.

All of the flags in the wallpapers were made with Flagsmith, a flag building typeface we created in collaboration with Scribble Tone. Flagsmith utilizes Opentype to transform words into shapes and patterns that can be layered and combined to create a myriad of distinct flags.

There’s always been something very satisfying about the simple arrangement of shapes, pattern and color found in flags that have the power to evoke so much. We aimed to create a system that focused on the joy of building and discovering that perfect balance with such simple elements.

You can also snag a wooden block version of Flagsmith which includes 6 blocks printed on each side with a solid or pattern found in the typeface.

Flagsmith Blocks

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Kittens & Kale

Kittens & Kale

When my friend Hamish said he was making art prints of “kittens playing with kale” I thought he’d finally lost it. I mean, kittens are always adorable, and everyone on earth but me seems to be obsessed with kale, so it could certainly work. What he ended up with was slightly genius.

Kittens & Kale is a celebration of youthful felines and tasty fronds. A loosely bound series of art prints depicting rescued kittens and kale recipes produced to celebrate Printed Matter’s second LA Art Book Fair (Jan 30th – Feb 2nd at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary). $5 from each sale will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society, the rescue and welfare organization dedicated to making Los Angeles a 100% no-kill city.

The project is a collaboration between Claire Cottrell, Lauren Spencer King, Hamish Robertson, and Andi Teran, featuring ten 5″ x 7″ prints of recently rescued kittens frolicking with kale accompanied by their adoption stories, and artfully-captured fronds of kale backed by recipes from Los Angeles restaurants Alma, Forage, Heirloom LA, Moon Juice, and Cookbook.

If you’re interested there’s a nice preview of the Kittens & Kale prints over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours.

The Desktop Wallpaper featuring Mike Dornseif

Mike Dornseif

Chicago based illustrator and designer Mike Dornseif is a phenomenal talent, able to firmly stride between both mediums with relative ease. Mike got in touch with me about the DWP and I loved his work because of his bold use of color, his knack for creating perfect patterns, and the overall joy you can feel in everything he does.

For our wallpaper this week he’s created a lovely graphic pattern that’s an abstract nod to the past. I think the colors he chose are phenomenal and the subtle texture that runs throughout really gives the piece a vintage feeling.

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

Kim Hamlet wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Wallpaper

Kim Hamlet

The older I get the more plants I want in my life. I’m not sure why this phenomenon is happening but I think it’s a nice change, it makes me feel calm. When I received an email from Seattle designer and photographer Kim Hamlet, I looked through her portfolio of photos and found a ton of great work.

When taking pictures, I am especially drawn to nature: natural landscapes and occurrences of nature overtaking manmade structures. As a result, ivy has emerged as a recurring theme during photo walks. All photos are 35mm film, taken with a fully manual camera.

So why not turn one of those beautiful photos into a wallpaper? I picked out this mysterious photo that reminds me of something from Spirited Away. The colors, the mood, and the composition make you wonder about the stairs endpoint, and it still works really well as a desktop (I have my 27″ monitor currently outfitted with it).

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

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring BJ Heinley

BJ Heinley

BJ Heinley is an Austin based designer and illustrator who has a passion for pixels. He recently sent me an email showing some of his pixel-based work and I had to say I was impressed. My favorite was this piece he did called Nightpix, a pixelated homage to Edward Hopper’s classic painting Nighthawks. It’s incredible that he was able to simplify such a complex painting so faithfully, and I figured it would make a great background.

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

Dan Funderburgh Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Dan Funderburgh

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has ambitious plans for 2014. I have a good feeling about this year. To set the year in motion properly it’s also fitting to change the background of your phone or tablet (as well as your desktop) so a beautiful new wallpaper is in order. Thankfully I recently received an email from the super talented Dan Funderburgh, Brooklyn based illustrator and artist, who was stoked to create the first wallpaper of 2014.

What Dan sent over was a wallpaper featuring his signature style, detailed tools and objects, but done as CG 3D objects. I love how so many random objects were created, yet the piece overall feels really coherent and almost like it’s a part of a larger pattern. Dan wants to thanks 4DThieves for providing the lovely rendering and artful tricknology.

Happy New Year yet again, and check back next Wednesday for another wallpaper.

Geo A Day Wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Geo A Day

The holidays mean something unique to all of us. Could be latkes for some or gingerbread houses for others, but it’s a special time for many of us in the northern hemisphere. So we’re adding to the festive feeling with this elegant wallpaper from the guys at Geo A Day, Danny Jones and Jeremiah Shaw.

On their site they create some really amazing geometric pieces of art which will blow your mind. Geometric Pop-Tarts and eggs, abstract explosions of polys, you name it, they’ve done it. To doll up your desktop though, they’ve created this super minimal wallpaper with a fantastic candy cane “Cheer” splashed across the top. I wouldn’t normally use a holiday wallpaper but this is too good not to use.

This is our last wallpaper of the year! Be sure to check back New Years Day for a new wallpaper.

Wallpaper by Hamish Robertson - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Hamish Robertson

I’m envious of my friend Hamish Robertson and the tiny empire he’s started. For a long time he’d spoken about starting a shop of interesting products and collaborations, odd projects of items he’s wanted but could never find elsewhere. So he started Vacation Days to satisfy his creative itch.

One of my favorite pieces of his are his crystal and rock prints, which are sort of a blown up, abstract take on these natural beauties. I figured they’d make a great wallpaper, and as evidenced by the image above, they certainly do. They also fit with our rather monochromatic theme today. You can snag a print for yourself by clicking here.

Also, if you’re in Los Angeles he’s having a show opening at Mohawk General Store in Pasadena, tomorrow night from 7 to 9pm.

Mohawk General Store
December 5th, from 7pm to 9pm
24 Smith Alley, Old Pasadena
On display through the end of year

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold

When I brought Michael Arnold as a writer for TFIB I was excited to have someone on the team who would interviewing creatives from around the world. Little did I know that his talented illustration skills would also be a benefit to the site. It was his illustration for his ‘Making Your Bones’ piece that made me realize he really should do a wallpaper, and now here we are.

What I love about this piece is that it feels like a little window into Mike’s head. This is all the ephemera and detritus that make up his world, if they’re all real or not (such as the Hirst casually sitting in a pile).

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

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Chris Turnham

Chris Turnham

I’ve been a big fan of the work of Chris Turnham for a long while now, ever since I wrote about his work back in 2007. Then last year I found out he had moved to my home town of Los Angeles. We wrote a piece about Chris over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours which gives some insight into his move from Seattle. Since our interview, Chris has definitely found a love for L.A., making it the focus of a new show which is appropriately called Eastside LA.

The show opens Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 9pm at Hemingway and Pickett where he’ll be featuring some really beautiful pieces of buildings from around the area, like the iconic dry cleaners above. Chris was kind enough to give us a piece for the DWP which I’m thrilled about. It’s a gorgeous pice of art that has such a wonderful color palette and so many great fonts.

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

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Steven Harrington & The Times

Steven Harrington & The Times

Halloween, probably my favorite holiday, is less than a week away, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate in our own TFIB way. To help us we hit up The Times, a rad new clothing line based in Los Angeles who do these really weird, abstract shirts and hats that are pretty amazing.

The other day they released a new run of two Halloween themed shirts that you’d actually want to wear. That’s because they’re designed by Steven Harrington, who also helped to start up the label. As you can see the wallpaper is kind of intense but I personally think it’s awesome. Hopefully it livens up your desktop/iPhone/iPad!

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

Tim Biskup wallpaper- iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Tim Biskup

One of the absolute, very first wallpapers ever done for The Desktop Wallpaper Project was by my friend and artistic hero, Tim Biskup. At the time I didn’t know him but I’d been obsessed with his artwork since his early collaborations with San Francisco based lifestyle brand Gama-Go. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2005 I used to visit his BisPop Gallery in Pasadena as well, which was filled with all kinds of amazing works. So getting him to do another wallpaper for the site is a true treat for me, and hopefully for you as well.

Starting Saturday, September 28 he has a show at the Martha Otero Gallery simply called Charge, a collection of new paintings. From what he’s told me the scale of these paintings are gigantic, larger than he’s ever done. And we’ve got one as a wallpaper. This piece is called A Subtle Advertisement For Mind-Numbing Pain, a massive piece measuring out at 12 x 8 feet. I love that it combines everything I love about Tim’s work in one giant piece. It also makes for a great iPhone wallpaper!

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

Tommy Shimko wallpaper- iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Tommy Shimko

A couple years back I held a random meet-up at a bar in SoHo, hoping to meet some cool folks who read the site. One of the people I was able to meet was an awesome dude named Tommy Shimko, an art director at TracyLocke. He showed up kind of late to the party but he along with a few friends invited Kyle and I to hang out on his roof and drink some beers. So we did, and we had a blast.

Recently I noticed on his Instagram that he did this sweet bike piece called Haulin’ Tuckus which I thought would make a great wallpaper. So I asked him if he’d like to make it a wallpaper and he was into the idea, so here we are. I think there’s so much motion and fun to this piece, you really can’t help but smile when you see it. Plus I know a lot of you readers are big bike people, so I’m sure a lot of you will dig this.

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

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Christopher David Ryan

Christopher David Ryan

There are few creatives more prolific in their artistic output than Christopher David Ryan. Based in Portland, Maine, CDR is constantly creating amazing and interesting pieces of work, as evidenced by the Dailies section on his site. He’s also a previous contributor to the Desktop Wallpaper Project, so it’s awesome to see him with a new piece for the site. Inspired by M.C. Escher’s classic Drawing Hands, Christopher has created a bold, clean version which definitely makes for the perfect, minimalist wallpaper.

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

Dirty Bandits wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Dirty Bandits

I’m so excited by today’s wallpaper, I think it’s a really incredible piece. Our wallpaper was created by Dirty Bandits, the working name of letterer and illustrator Annica Lydenberg. She’s a Brooklyn based artist who started out in graphic design but has now found an incredible place in the world of hand-lettering, as is obvious in the wonderful piece you see above.

We discussed what might make for a great wallpaper, something that was proactive and positive. I’ve always been an optimist, so when Annica suggest “Taking Care of Business” I knew it would be the perfect message to share. She’s done an incredible job of mixing her more fluid, hand done style with a rigid, business-like type that really acts as the base for the rest of the words.

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

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Hedof

Hedof

Rick Berkelman, who works under the pseudonym Hedof, is a designer and illustrator based out of Breda, The Netherlands. His work is a vibrant mix of shapes and colors that gracefully blend in and out of one another, creating stunning imagery. For his wallpaper this week he’s delivered an ode to summer, featuring a sun bathing lady, a fancy cocktail, and some rather extravagant scenery for her to lounge around with. It’s an idyllic scene that I’m personally jealous of… I wish I could be doing what she’s doing right this moment!

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

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