Saturday, April 19, 2008

Desktop Wallpaper

Perhaps disproportionately, it depresses me to see someone take for granted that their only option for desktop wallpaper is the default already on their computer. If you are one of those people, it is high time you branch out and discover the wealth of choices out there— you are better than that generic blue backdrop! Personally, what I look for when choosing the wallpaper that will grace my screen is: a clean, bold, graphic composition, with a splash of color. Nothing too crazy or overstimulating— my screen is busy enough with all my software open— but occasionally a pattern will catch my eye. That being said, what follows are some of my favorite sources on the web.

The obvious choice, but possibly the best: Veer. If for some reason you did not know about the downloads they offer, visit their site and you are sure to find one you love. Although I always have to clone out the logo in the bottom left-hand corner— nothing personal!

For the type aficionado, there are a few options I enjoy at I Love Typography.

Flickr has a terrific pool for desktop wallpaper— I found the above designs posted today, but there are thousands for you to browse that meet the large file size requirements. Of course, you can always upload your own photos too.

A few other options:
Push Me Pull You Design
"Vintage" Advertisements
PixelGirl Presents
Kate Spade (click downloads once you get there)
Metremade (terrific– using one of these patterns now)
Paul & Joe Beaute.
Kitsune Noir's Desktop Wallpaper Project

Know of any other favorites? Post a comment and share!


Sarah Martin said...

Tess, great posting. I am in desperate need of desktop wall paper for my computer at work. I have your standard windows blue...can you believe it?

thomas said...

i get most of my desktop backgrounds from wikipedia:

the featured pictures lend themselves well to 'shopping.

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