Desktop Wallpaper Challenge October 2014: Wallpapers Unveiled

Earlier this month we launched the monthly Desktop Wallpaper Challenge, which prompts our readers to design a desktop wallpaper around a given theme or piece of inspiration. Why? Creatives turn to various places for inspiration and one of the strongest, most common places to house inspiration is right on a computer’s desktop. What better time than now to update your wallpaper?

Neon Mickey

Designed by James Peacock.


Download this wallpaper: 2560×1440 , 1920×1080, 1280×720, 1024×1024 (square), 640×1136 (vertical)

Don’t Be Pushed

Designed by Mani O’Brien.

Free desktop wallpaper download from FIDM Digital Arts

Free desktop wallpaper download from FIDM Digital Arts

Download this wallpaper: 2560×1440 , 1680×1200 , 1280×1024 , 768×1024 (vertical) , 320×480 (vertical)


About The Challenge

We asked readers to design a desktop wallpaper inspired by FIDM Graphic Design Graduate Martin Murillo’s photograph from Disneyland (seen below).

Desktop Wallpaper Design Challenge October 2014: Design a wallpaper inspired by this photo by FIDM Grad Martin Murillo.

To celebrate the first month of the challenge, we caught up with Martin to ask him about his superb photography work.

Tell us about your photograph from Disneyland we used for this challenge.
“That day at Disneyland, I was focused on symmetry, color, lighting, and composition. I take everything that I learned at FIDM about design into consideration because it’s still technically the same. Visual communication of an emotion. Disney catches everyone’s eye, that’s what they do best. Everything that the imagineers create is definitely photo-worthy.”

As a graphic designer, how and why did you get involved in photography?
“I got into photography just to broaden my creativity, for fun, and sometimes just to kill time. Some designers do it with doodles, I just do it with my camera. I didn’t think it would take me as far as I’ve come.”

Tell us about some of the photographers that inspire your work.
“Mike Miller and Estevan Oriol are two from LA that have been shooting since the ’80s and ’90s and living in LA they are two big inspirations. I have had a chance to talk to Van Styles, and he is one of the best photographers I know. He is really humble and ambitious. Steven Taylor & Kenneth Cappello are two that shoot for various magazines like Complex, Nylon, and Kenneth recently did an ad for Gevenchy. Atiba Jefferson is a photographer that has really made it from the bottom and now owns part of Skateboard Mag, and has shot all of your favorite athletes.”

Participate in the Next Challenge

Why participate?

  • Promote your work to over 20,000 monthly readers.
  • Your work will be featured in an monthly email that goes out to all of our subscribers.
  • A link back to your personal website will be included in any and all promotion of your work.
  • Expose yourself to a new audience.
  • Inspire others.

Get started: FIDM Digital Arts’ Desktop Wallpaper Challenge

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Author: James Peacock

James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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