50 Mac Desktops for Maximum Visual Goodness

Having a beautiful desktop background can be a fantastic motivator – unfortunately it can be difficult to sort the great from the ghastly when it comes to wallpaper design. To make the search easier, we’ve hand picked a selection of 50 stunning desktop images for your viewing pleasure.

I’ve split the collection down into a few different categories for easier browsing; Apple & Technology, Design & Typography, Abstract, and Nature & Architecture. Do let me know if you have any other favorites which I’ve missed!

Apple & Technology Wallpapers


Applewood

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The Apple logo on a cold, wooden backdrop.


A Weathered Apple

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A wooden, colorful, Apple logo on a simple background.


It’s Like Chocolate

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Colorful stripes with a subtle Apple logo and some chocolaty goo!


MacRise

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Simply gorgeous colours with a lens flare effect behind the Apple logo.


Apple Stitched

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Ever wondered what it would be like to have an Apple logo stitched onto your denim?


Black Leather Apple

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A wonderful leather-y texture for this wallpaper, also available without the Apple logo.


Hardwood Lights

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A simple wooden texture, embedded Apple logo, and some spotlights from above


Apple Swirls

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Classic and subtle, something you’d expect from Apple themselves.


Wooden Wall

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A pack of 11 different wooden Apple styled wallpapers.


Apple Love

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A valentines tribute to Apple, with a fantastic play on the iconic logo. I used this as a desktop background for several months, and it’s very easy on the eye.


Leopard Server Aurora

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The alternative Leopard wallpaper for the OS X Server – arguably better than the default.


Dream Service Providers

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A scary concept, but a wonderful depiction. Dreaming of your Mac could be a sign you need to take a break…


Blue Tie

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A simple texture with a small, classic Apple tag in the lower left corner.


Grey Apple Splash

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A lovely play on the colorful, splashy iPod adverts with a darker twist.


Conquer The Universe

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There are no guarantees that you’ll be able to conquer the universe just by applying this wallpaper. But it will look nice.


Aqua Apple

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Aqua-licious, subtle and watery. Ridiculous adjectives but a wonderful wallpaper.


Green Apple Grunge

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A refreshing change from the typical glossy Apple desktop.


In The Spotlight

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A depiction of what it would look like to Spotlight search for the Apple logo.

Design & Typography Wallpapers


Accolades

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A wonderful type design from the I Love Typography collection.


I Love Typography

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Another from the I Love Typography collection – do check out the rest.


My True Love

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A great combination of typography, texture and colour.


Bloody Hippy

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An old wallpaper, but still looking good and chocolaty.


Freelance Switch Wallpapers

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Some cute and curious designs for a freelancer’s desktop.


Design Is A Trend

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Angles and warm colours give this one a really unique look.


Clip Art Design

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A stab at the clip-art generation, depicted in typical Veerle style.


Tangle

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A design tangle, with a stunning set of colors.


Spotlight

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Contemplating a set of design-related words, with a lovely image.

Abstract Wallpapers


Colorsplash

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A beautiful depiction of colour, smashing into your desktop.


Chroma Wallpapers

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A selection of four different styles from ColourCharge


Flow

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It’s time for some fresh, dynamic colors for your desktop.


Infinity Gold

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Wonderful orange swooshes and swirls, in a variety of different sizes.


Elemental

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Depicting each of nature’s elements in an abstract manner.


Inside Rainbow

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An explosion of colour.


Jacket Pack

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An odd concept, but it somehow works. Keeps your Mac warm too…


Colour Picker

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A great abstract rendering, with many more fantastic desktop graphics on the same site.


Aqua Wave

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There’s something typically Apple about this one, but with a completely different texture.


Strukt

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I’m not usually a fan of dark wallpapers such as this, but it works very well.


Flow

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A great lens flare effect with vibrant colors.

Nature & Architecture Wallpapers


Survivor

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Gorgeous photo manipulation, and one lucky tree.


Moody Waters

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Can’t help thinking that it would make a brilliant office!


Nature in Style

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Nature never does go out of style – great adaptation.


Nature Pack

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Containing a wide range of different nature-related desktops.


Mystery Bridge

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Wouldn’t mind going for a walk through this place, a perfectly exposed shot.


Little World

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Good use of colour, and a great concept.


Vista Wallpapers

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Originally designed for Windows Vista, there are some great images in here (go on, at least click the link – it’s not typical a Windows affair!)


Tower Bridge

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A great landmark in an abstract situation – particularly patriotic for UK readers.


Blue Moon

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I love the attention to detail in this one, a great ‘space’ style desktop.


Aker

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It really screams ‘Windows’ to me, but the colours are so vivid – it’s a great photograph.


Spectrum of the Sky

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Tracking the changing days and seasons – would be perfect if the reflection was a little more subtle…


Hunua Falls

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Idyllic, warm and a great distraction from wherever you’re working.