Everyone has an inherent fascination with desktop wallpapers. Operating system developers spend a long time shipping the perfect set with a new OS release, even commissioning photographers to shoot suitable, vivid images.
We’ve certainly covered wallpapers in the past – rounding up gorgeous Mac wallpapers, a selection of iPhone backgrounds, and even running our own wallpaper competition. Today we’re looking at 7 different places to find your own wallpaper inspiration. Hopefully you’ll find something you like!
This is always my first port of call when looking for a new wallpaper. It’s regularly updated, with a huge archive of fantastic old designs. You’ll generally find hand drawn illustrative work, but done in a minimal way that always looks good on your desktop.
Vladstudio also have a fun iPhone app available, for creating puzzles from their wallpapers.
Interface Lift is a good resource if you’re looking for a photography based wallpaper. You may need to dig around for a while to find something really exceptional, but there are plenty of ways to filter designs and browse only those available at a high resolution.
They have a good selection of two and three-monitor wallpapers for those with big, creative Mac setups, and also a range of different themes and icons.
Simple Desktops is – as you’d expect – a place to find a very minimal design for your computer wallpaper. Don’t expect anything fancy, but you will be treated to some really well thought through, simple illustration work. Wallpapers are contributed by different designers, and it’s updated fairly regularly.
Mandolux is the most unusual site of all those featured here, and is really frustrating to navigate (lacking any form of thumbnails for wallpapers). That said, some of the photographic wallpapers on offer are very impressive.
Almost every image is produced in a super-widescreen format for spreading across multiple displays. If you’d like to have one large image displayed seamlessly across both of your monitors, this is definitely a good place to start.
These two blogs are both fantastic places to find a regular stream of high-quality design work. Featured downloads are often wallpapers, but also include icons, and themes for various apps.
It’s worth subscribing to both of these for a fresh, regular dose of desktop inspiration. They’ll point you to some of exemplary work on sites such as DeviantArt, and those mentioned above.
Finally, we come to one of the largest wallpaper resources on the web. Deviant Art is an enormous catalog of digital artwork, covering every different style and genre imaginable. Clicking the link above will conveniently take you to the wallpaper section, where you’ll find thousands of different designs to download.
There are some very talented artists on Deviant Art, but also a huge number of novices producing designs that you probably wouldn’t want to grace your desktop. If you’re happy to spend a while sifting through wallpapers, you’ll be sure to find a few real gems. If you’d prefer a “quick fix”, I’d recommend trying the above sites first.
I hope this quick collection of different websites and resources goes some way towards brightening up your desktop. You’ll always be sure to find a few designs that take your fancy at the above sites, and be sure to bookmark this page for future use (I already have!).
If you use or prefer any other resources, please do share them in the comments. I’m a sucker for a beautiful wallpaper!