Desktop Wallpapers

23 Oct 2007 - 12:19pm
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M S
2006

Hello everybody! :)

Just curious -- what User Interaction experts use as their desktop
wallpaper?
Links to wallpapers and/or researches to this subject will be greatly
appreciated.

Thank you.

--
Maxim Soloviev
www.kazavr.com

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23 Oct 2007 - 1:07pm
Anonymous

I use pictures from this fellas site -
http://www.aktuellekamera.de/archive.php/299/herbsttag/2007_01_16_22:48:34

-m

23 Oct 2007 - 2:14pm
M S
2006

Patricia,

Could you please send me couple samples of your own artwork? I will not
publish them anywhere. Just curious on how wallpaper affects our mood,
performance and so on.

Thank you very much.
--
Maxim

23 Oct 2007 - 2:18pm
Patricia Mourthé
2005

Maxim,

I've used my own artwork for a few years. These aren't available online but if you need some samples for your reseach just contact me.

Patricia Mourthe
patriciamoh at yahoo.com
www.patriciamourthe.com

23 Oct 2007 - 2:04pm
Patricia Mourthé
2005

Maxim,

I've used my own artwork for a few years. These aren't available online but if you need some samples for your reseach just contact me.

Patricia Mourthe
patriciamoh at yahoo.com
www.patriciamourthe.com

Maxim Soloviev <maxim at deast.info> wrote:
Hello everybody! :)

Just curious -- what User Interaction experts use as their desktop
wallpaper?
Links to wallpapers and/or researches to this subject will be greatly
appreciated.

Thank you.

--
Maxim Soloviev
www.kazavr.com
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23 Oct 2007 - 2:53pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

Right now I'm using a couple of John Maeda's Laws of Simplicity icon
wallpapers.. i really like them. But I tend to change my wallpapers a
lot.

http://lawsofsimplicity.com/category/deskpat/

On 10/23/07, Maxim Soloviev <maxim at deast.info> wrote:
> Hello everybody! :)
>
> Just curious -- what User Interaction experts use as their desktop
> wallpaper?
> Links to wallpapers and/or researches to this subject will be greatly
> appreciated.
>
> Thank you.

--
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23 Oct 2007 - 3:13pm
Jack L. Moffett
2005

I use OS X's built-in ability to randomly select photos from my
iPhoto library. It changes every 5 minutes.

Jack

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23 Oct 2007 - 3:20pm
Petteri Hiisilä
2004

Maxim Soloviev kirjoitti 23.10.2007 kello 20:19:

> Just curious -- what User Interaction experts use as their desktop
> wallpaper?

I've been into green/nature lately, such as:
http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details.php?id=1384
http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details.php?id=1378
http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details.php?id=1308
http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details.php?id=1264
http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details.php?id=1263

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23 Oct 2007 - 3:25pm
Peter Boersma
2003

Maxim asked:
> Just curious -- what User Interaction experts use as their desktop
> wallpaper?

I switch desktop wallpapers once or twice a week, depending on my mood mostly.

I've grown fond of several wallpapers I downloaded from wallpaperstock (http://wallpaperstock.net/), especially the nature category (Fuji-san, Mont Saint-Michel!, the pyramids, many forests, seascapes, etc.). One of their "autumn" ones is on my desktop today.

Others include Magritte's "Ceci n'est pas une pipe", a fake old russian poster, some home-made pictures of almost-closed curtains, a tub of "this is really great(tm) yoghurt", a closeup of icecubes, and my son, plus the odd former office interior, commercial ones like Bravia or Treehugger, a Dutch jazz poet, and some snowboard images.

For a collection of desktops of Linux users, see: http://www.lynucs.org/ (at the bottom of the rightmost column you'll see a link labeled "all screenshots" that links to a barely working filtering page.

Oh, and there's this set on Flickr: transparent desktops! http://www.flickr.com/photos/w00kie/sets/180637/

Peter
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23 Oct 2007 - 4:09pm
arielv
2007

I tend to grab my desktops from Pixelgirl Presents
(www.pixelgirlpresents.com). I'm really into clean aesthetics with
a little bit of whimsy, which is kind of what I strive for in the
work I do, come to think of it: Clean, simple, and let's have a
little fun here.

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23 Oct 2007 - 4:29pm
Phillip Hunter
2006

I use my own nature photographs.

ph

23 Oct 2007 - 4:34pm
M S
2006

I want to thank everybody for great links and answers on my questions.

Also I would like to know what do you think about following idea:

As you know sometimes people organize shortcuts on their desktops in
the groups, like
- Internet related,
- Office related,
- Games,
- Multimedia and so on.

Do you think it will help user if those groups/areas will be visually
emphasized a little bit?

For example:
- Games related shortcuts will be placed in nice box with slightly
colored background
- Multimedia will be placed in another box with different color

So after some time of use user will have strong associations of
application groups with specific colors.

Yes, there are practical issues, like if I add new shortcut to Games
group and it will not fit into drawn box, but I would like not
consider them at this point.

What do you think?
--
Maxim

24 Oct 2007 - 1:58am
Jonas Löwgren
2003

I use solid dark grey, with thin light grey lines indicating standard
screen sizes (800x600, 1024x768 and so on). Very effective in terms
of contrast and color perception. (If I want nature, I look out
through the window ;)

Concerning your idea on visual emphasis/layering/structuring of
desktop: I have used similar approaches when presenting collections
of demos made in different programs on one computer for people to try
out.

I drew a desktop with labels, visual areas and brief instructions,
then simply placed shortcuts to the different demos in the right
places on the desktop. Seemed to work quite well as long as people
remembered to shut down their sessions and expose the desktop for the
next visitor (which they didn't always do, of course).

Another related idea -- back in 1999, I argued that a useful way to
get fellow researchers to make public material available through
digital archives would be to lower the effort threshold for web
publication. This lead to the idea of a public drop zone on the
desktop where you would simply drop a file to have it appear in a web-
accessible archive that others could browse. Didn't have the time or
skills to implement it, though.

Regards,
Jonas Löwgren

24 Oct 2007 - 8:14am
Marty DeAngelo
2007

I use my own images or images of my friends and family. Sometimes it's
funny, sometimes it's an photograph that I'm proud of (since co-workers
see my desktop at times, and sometimes it's just an abstract that
catches my attention.

Generally, my motivation is to have something nice up there instead of
the blank blue screen that Windows so lovingly supplies.

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>Hello everybody! :)
>
>Just curious -- what User Interaction experts use as their desktop
>wallpaper?
>Links to wallpapers and/or researches to this subject will be greatly
>appreciated.
>
> Thank you.
> --
> Maxim Soloviev
> www.kazavr.com

24 Oct 2007 - 1:39pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

Mostly dual-screen scans from favorite anime and manga series. I'll clean up
scans from fan sites and repaint as needed in Photoshop - it helps me work
off nervous energy. Every so often I'll remember that I have a website and
haven't posted anything for a while so I'll pull together a few of them and
post for others. The ones on this page are from the xxxholic manga by CLAMP:
http://www.deepgraysea.com/xxxholicwallpaper.htm

Michael Micheletti

On 10/23/07, Maxim Soloviev <maxim at deast.info> wrote:
>
> Hello everybody! :)
>
> Just curious -- what User Interaction experts use as their desktop
> wallpaper?
> Links to wallpapers and/or researches to this subject will be greatly
> appreciated.
>

24 Oct 2007 - 9:26am
Peyush Agarwal
2007

Hi Maxim,
I use pictures I've taken, and my daughter's artwork. For office computer though, I also add to these pics minimal cross-hairs for various screen-sizes so I can simply scale the browser to them in order to quickly approximate design on various resolutions.

Let me know if you'd want to see samples.

-Peyush

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Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Desktop Wallpapers

I want to thank everybody for great links and answers on my questions.

Also I would like to know what do you think about following idea:

As you know sometimes people organize shortcuts on their desktops in
the groups, like
- Internet related,
- Office related,
- Games,
- Multimedia and so on.

Do you think it will help user if those groups/areas will be visually
emphasized a little bit?

For example:
- Games related shortcuts will be placed in nice box with slightly
colored background
- Multimedia will be placed in another box with different color

So after some time of use user will have strong associations of
application groups with specific colors.

Yes, there are practical issues, like if I add new shortcut to Games
group and it will not fit into drawn box, but I would like not
consider them at this point.

What do you think?
--
Maxim
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24 Oct 2007 - 12:30pm
Daniel Yang
2007

On Oct 23, 2007, at 2:34 PM, Maxim Soloviev wrote:
>
> Also I would like to know what do you think about following idea:
>
> As you know sometimes people organize shortcuts on their desktops in
> the groups, like
> - Internet related,
> - Office related,
> - Games,
> - Multimedia and so on.
>

I was thinking about this earlier this year as well when I noticed
somebody using tiny icons on his desktop. I turned my own mac os
desktop icons to the smallest size and moved the labels to the right.
I then used the label colors to group related items. I thought about
creating a custom desktop background with labeled boxes but was too
lazy. I figured that I am the only person using my computer so I know
what the groupings are without explicit labels. Sort of like
navigating your own neighborhood based on landmarks and geography
rather than street signs.

Here's a cropped example from my desktop. I have these alias drop
folders that I use to collect virtual clippings from the internet. I
just drag cool and interesting images from my browser to those folders:

http://danielyang.com/images/desktopgroups.png

-Dan

24 Oct 2007 - 2:57pm
Loren Baxter
2007

Hi Maxim,

Years ago, I used to create my own backgrounds in paint shop pro and
visually create a little place for each icon. At first it was more
about laying the screen out symmetrically and aesthetically, but over
time the desktop icons would end up in groups. I changed the designs
to reflect this, and it was pretty cool.

However, I did find two recurring issues with using that model:

1) Similar to what you said, I couldn't / didn't want to add too
many icons to the screen, so that they would exceed the space I had
allotted to each icon in the wallpaper. This increased the
simplicity by reduced the flexability of my desktop.

2) On a deeper level, I think the choices that I made in my wallpaper
designs limited what I could do with the desktop. If there are only
places for internet links, computer folders, and games, what do I do
when I come across some new type of icon that doesn't fit those
categories? Go back and re-do the whole wallpaper? It sort of boxed
in my thinking. Pain in the butt, and reduced usability.

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24 Oct 2007 - 7:18pm
vutpakdi
2003

I use a plain teal background with a few centered concentric light grey,
1 pixel line width rectangles of common sizes: 640x480, 800x600,
1024x768, 1280x1024. Helps me when I occasionally have to quickly check
to see if a window or dialog box "fits".

Ron

24 Oct 2007 - 9:51pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

I want to thank everybody for great links and answers on my
questions.

Also I would like to know what do you think about following idea:

As you know sometimes people organize shortcuts on their desktops
in the groups, like
# Internet related,
# Office related,
# Games,
# Multimedia and so on.

Do you think it will help user if those groups/areas will be
visually emphasized a little bit?

Many free software do something similar, like the tabed Xandros Asus
EEE PC ...I think there's more but I don't remember.

For example:
# Games related shortcuts will be placed in nice box with slightly
colored background
# Multimedia will be placed in another box with different color

So after some time of use user will have strong associations of
application groups with specific colors.

Yes, there are practical issues, like if I add new shortcut to
Games group and it will not fit into drawn box, but I would like not
consider them at this point.

What do you think?
-- Maxim

I don't like using the desktop as a directory or app launcher... but
most of the time I'm thinking of IxD (I study and work on design...
but it's not a type "branded as IxD") is for a new UI for an OS
(ZenSUI). I think that groups of apps should be user-configurable and
consistent (change only if the user wants a change, and portable ...ie
saving on /home/user/.config). Also this groups should behave as
Layers (there's a draft on http://www.zensui.org/IxD/Layers.html )
and the OS UI use mostly only the edge (
http://www.zensui.org/IxD/1DM.html )... I've more thoughts on this
(like windows that never are on top of others inside a Layer); but
there are too alpha/drafty.

--
http://www.zensui.org

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24 Oct 2007 - 9:31pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

I also use a subset of my own artwork (abstract) which is available as
free content (Creative Commons by-nc) on my website:
http://www.zensui.org/img/fractal/

I've used 1024x768 for many years, but new fractals are rendered as
1440x900 because I'm saving for a MacBook Pro 15" (...almost there;
probably in January).

Either that or something zen or japanese. Mostly kanji... but a
nature, rock or water-based photo may work. Also sometimes manga or a
katana.

And, on Windows a solid black bg to remind me of the dull interface
I'm using. But there's practical reasons:
1) on Windows I mostly maximize, so a wallpaper is almost never seen.
2) when I switch between Windows, it's done quickly* (most web
design clients end feeling "dizzy" after seeing me work on a PC)...
and unelegantly (no Exposé), so always expecting a solid bg is more
comfortable.
*a clear example is using GIMP (thanks for the ones working on the UI
redesign); specially resizing a batch of images (there most be a
scriptable or automatic way to do it... Automator "see and learn"
Leopard feature may help).
3) if there's many windows open at once and neither is maximized
there's no distinction between apps... a bg just distracts more.

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26 Oct 2007 - 8:26am
vutpakdi
2003

Kivi Shapiro wrote:
> Speaking of "fits", or maybe "Fitt's", it might make sense to have the rectangles all in a corner rather than centred. Unless you have a way to quickly centre a window on your screen.
>
Given that Windows doesn't allow me to set the background to start at
the upper left (centered, tile, or stretch are the options) and I use
multiple monitor configurations over the course of a week (laptop only,
laptop with projector, laptop with single 19" LCD, 2 LCDs), a single
wallpaper that I can use on any configuration works better. Moving a
window to the center of the screen really takes almost no time and much
easier than having to reset the
> I've been wanting to make one of these, but come to think of it maybe I'll ask the list if anyone'd be willing to share theirs.
>
Extremely easy to make (at least in Canvas). Just get something (large)
for a background (a plain one or picture), and then draw N number of
rectangles (1 pixel line width, light gray color, transparent fill).
Select all, center align, and then export to desired format.

Ron

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