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?
Designed by James Peacock.
Don’t Be Pushed
Designed by Mani O’Brien.
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).
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
- 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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