Selected Wallpapers: For Desktop & Web-Design

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Creative wallpapers can serve as a nice source of inspiration. Particularly if you are having another creativity block, but don’t really have enough time to take a walk or browse through Flickr pools1. However, it isn’t easy to find some really nice wallpapers – the choice is too big, and there are simply too many sources.

Over the last few days we’ve searched for the best posters, wallpapers, galleries and background images on the Web and collected them in an overview below. Especially Mac-Users will find some nice sources. Feel free to suggest further resources in the comments section. Links checked: June/03 2008.

  • Greg Martin2
    Gallery of Art – great Wallpapers in sizes up to 2560 x 1024
  • Greg Martin 23
    Great Wallpapers by Greg Martin in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Patrick Bennett4
    Free Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 × 1050

  • HDWallpaperia5
    Cool wallpapers – in sizes up to 1920*1400, HD quality
  • Screenshot6

  • Blurburger Desktops7
    Cartooney wallpapers – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • BSDnexus8
    OpenBSD, FreeBSD and NetBSD wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Caedes Desktop Backgrounds9
    A collection of great desktop wallpaper and desktop backgrounds. Over 12000 images: photography, 3D computer art, fractal, abstracts, nature, and space – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Design Wallpapers10
    Free Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024

    Screenshot11

  • Desktopography12
    Wallpapers For Designers – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • deviantART Wallpaper13
    Great Wallpapers in 27 categories: Fractals, Vector, Fantasy, Dark, Games, Automotive, Abstract, Anime, Freehand, Light, Minimalistic, Landscapes, Science Fiction, Technical, Tiles, Multi Display, Females, Music, Macabre & Horror, 3 Dimensional
  • Dieselstation14
    Exotic Car Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1900×1200

    Screenshot15

  • Digital Blasphemy Free 3D Wallpapers16
    Free 3D wallpaper – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200, and 1920 x 1200 (widescreen)
  • Outer Space Wallpaper17
    Outer Space pictures for Windows desktop wallpaper – in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • Dual Screen Wallpaper18
    Free Dual Screen Wallpapers in 5 categories: nature, abstract, space, Random, vehicles – in sizes up to 2650×1024

    Screenshot19

  • endeffect 2006 – RIOT!20
    Cool Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600×1200
  • eWallpapers.net21
    Free wallpapers,desktop wallpapers, divided into categories: 3D, Aircrafts/Planes, Animals, Anime, Girls, Cars, Computers, Games, Holidays, Motorcycles, Movies, Music, Nature, Sports, World – in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • e-wallpapers.info22
    The best wallpapers on the net – divided into categories: Abstract, Cartoon, Cold Colors, Dark, Fantasy, Landscapes, Light, Mac OS X, Minimalistic, Nature, Sky, Warm Colors, Widescreen, Windows Vista
  • Firefox Wallpapers23
    Cool FireFox Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200

    Screenshot24

  • Flickr’s Desktop Wallpaper Pool25
    Over 2,608 Flickr users have posted their favorite wallpaper photos. Minimum 1024×768 resolution
  • National Geographic26
    National Geographic Wallpapers divided into categories: animals, archaeology and paleontology, black-and white photography, people, science and technology, underwater, culture, history
  • Free Movie Wallpaper27
    James Bond, Star Trek, Borat, Harry Potter, Rocky and some more.

    Screenshot28

  • Graffiti Wallpaper 29
    Free high-quality desktop wallpaper in 10 categories: Animal, Flower, Graffiti, Landscape, Plant, Random, Statue, Texture, Tree – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • HubbleSite30
    Plaster snapshots of the universe across your computer screen. Wallpaper lets you wander the universe from your desktop.

    Screenshot31

  • InterfaceLIFT32
    Free High-Resolution Widescreen Wallpaper -in sizes up to 2560×1600
  • joejoe’s Wallpapers33
    A huge selection of great wallpapers, divided into categories: Abstract, Animals, Apple, Black and White, Desert, City, Grass, Landscape, Mac, Leaves, Plants, Sky, Snow, Space, Water, Sunsets
  • Jeffrey Klassen – Infrared34
    Amazing infrared photo gallery. These infrared photos/wallpapers are absolutely beautiful! – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200

    Screenshot35

  • Jeffrey Klassen – Water36
    These water drop photos/wallpapers are amazing! – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Klowner’s Wallpapers37
    Collection of Linux wallpapers and others – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • MediaInspiration Wall Papers38
    Free Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • Pixelgirl39
    Desktop Images – in sizes up to 1920×1200
  • Simpsons Wallpapers40
    Bart, Homer, Marge, Mr.Burns – Simpsons & Springfield Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 960
  • skeedz.com – wallpaper41
    High quality wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024

    Screenshot42

  • Socksoff43
    Free high quality wallpapers for Windows and Mac – in sizes up to 1600×1200
  • Space.com44
    Wallpapers for your Desktop in categories: Apollo, Mars, Moon, Earth, Hubble Space Telescope, 3-D Space Art, Stars and Galaxies, Solar System, Saturn’s Rings – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • Michael Swanson45
    Macro Wallpaper Images – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • Terra Galleria46
    20 Free Wallpapers pictures from the Terra Galleria photo gallery – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Travel Wallpapers47
    Free Travel Wallpapers in 5 categories: 5 categories: The Beach, Blue, Landscapes, Cities, Towns & Buildings, Images of Gods – in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • Waldo’s Wallpaper
    Ultra High resolution original 3D computer desktop wallpapers
  • Wallpaper at 555 [DESIGN]48
    Free Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1024 x 768

    Screenshot49

  • Zeldman Presents: Desktop Pictures | Wallpaper50
    Desktop images for your pleasure – in sizes up to 1600 x 1024
  • Vladstudio – Wallpapers Gallery51
    Free desktop wallpapers, high resolution, widescreen and dual-monitor images – in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • Wallpapers52
    Free Widescreen Desktop Wallpapers by Steve Truett -in sizes up to 2560 x 1600

Mac Wallpapers

  • Desktopia53
    Freeware – Desktopia is a brand new customization concept for MacOS X: if you are one of those that are always seeking for a new ways to improve the look of your mac then desktopia is the right choice. hanks to it’s very simple and unobtrusive interface you will be able to configure desktopia to automatically change your desktop picture based on a specified time of the day.
  • OSXplanet Project54
    OSXplanet is a cocoa program that is based on the popular program, xplanet (by Hari Nair). It is able to generate live images of the earth as well as other planets in the solar system with additional informations such as the current clouds, storms, satellites, volcanos, earthquakes and times and locations of cities.
  • Apple OS X Wallpapers55
    Mac OS X Default Aqua, Abstract, Nature Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 1024 and wide screen

    Screenshot56

  • Blue Crystal 757
    The “Blue Crystal” desktop collection contains a bunch of elegant, high quality wallpapers. The 7th edition of the blue crystal desktop collection is inspired by the amazing default desktops included in Apple’s Mac OS 10.4 Tiger and contains three high resolution (2560×1600) desktops – Aqua, Aqua light and Graphit.
  • deviantArt58
    Mac/PC OS Wallpaper – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • Wallpapers – abstract and digital art59
    Abstract and digital art wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • joejoe’s Wallpapers60
    48 Mac Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200

    Screenshot61

  • Tux’n’tosh
    Mac/Linus Desktop Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1280 x 854

    Screenshot

  • Mac OS X Tiger Wallpapers62
    Free Tiger Wallpapers – in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • The Apple Collection63
    Mac Desktop Pictures with Apple Logos. Wallpapers – in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • Think different64
    Here you find some nice Desktop Pictures for the Mac, Think different, Apple and more – in sizes up to 1600 x 1200

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://dfckr.com/archives/2006/11/21/flickr_as_a_source_of_inspirat/
  2. 2 http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/
  3. 3 http://www.vuni.net/artofgregmartin_0.html
  4. 4 http://www.patrickbennett.us/graphic_design_downloads.html
  5. 5 http://hdwallpaperia.com/
  6. 6 http://www.patrickbennett.us/graphic_design_downloads.html
  7. 7 http://www.blurburger.com/dt/desktops/
  8. 8 http://www.bsdnexus.com/wallpapers.htm
  9. 9 http://www.caedes.net/
  10. 10 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wallpapers/
  11. 11 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wallpapers/
  12. 12 http://aeiko.net/desktopography/
  13. 13 http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/wallpaper/
  14. 14 http://www.dieselstation.com/archives.html
  15. 15 http://www.dieselstation.com/archives.html
  16. 16 http://www.digitalblasphemy.com/freegallery.shtml
  17. 17 http://www.desktopstarships.com/SpaceGallery/sp.html
  18. 18 http://www.dualscreenwallpaper.com/
  19. 19 http://www.dualscreenwallpaper.com/
  20. 20 http://endeffect.com/gallery/
  21. 21 http://ewallpapers.net/
  22. 22 http://www.e-wallpapers.info/
  23. 23 http://3couleurs.blogspot.com/2005/01/wallpapers-firefox.html
  24. 24 http://3couleurs.blogspot.com/2005/01/wallpapers-firefox.html
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/groups/wallpapers/pool/
  26. 26 http://lava.nationalgeographic.com/cgi-bin/pod/archive.cgi
  27. 27 http://www.moviewallpapers.net/
  28. 28 http://www.moviewallpapers.net/
  29. 29 http://www.graffitiwallpaper.com/index.php
  30. 30 http://hubblesite.org/gallery/wallpaper/
  31. 31 http://hubblesite.org/gallery/wallpaper/
  32. 32 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/index.php
  33. 33 http://www.joejoe.org/wallpapers/
  34. 34 http://www.pbase.com/jeffreyk/infrared
  35. 35 http://www.pbase.com/jeffreyk/infrared
  36. 36 http://www.pbase.com/jeffreyk/water
  37. 37 http://dugnet.com/klown/wallpaper/thumbs.php?dir=_wallpaper/_other
  38. 38 http://www.mediainspiration.com/contents/downloads/wallpapers.php
  39. 39 http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/desktops.php
  40. 40 http://www.simpsoncrazy.com/wallpapers.shtml
  41. 41 http://www.skeedz.com/
  42. 42 http://www.skeedz.com/
  43. 43 http://www.socksoff.co.uk/walls01.html
  44. 44 http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/downloads/wallpapers/
  45. 45 http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/articles/wallpaper.aspx
  46. 46 http://www.terragalleria.com/wallpaper-samples/wallpaper-samples.html
  47. 47 http://www.tribalcog.com/wallpaper/
  48. 48 http://www.555design.org/wallpaper.htm
  49. 49 http://www.555design.org/wallpaper.htm
  50. 50 http://www.zeldman.com/desktops/
  51. 51 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/
  52. 52 http://www.stevetruett.com/wallpaperpages/wallpaper_home.html
  53. 53 http://www.chatelp.org/?page_id=6
  54. 54 http://www.gabrielotte.com/osxplanet/
  55. 55 http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1117
  56. 56 http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1117
  57. 57 http://www.bartelme.at/showroom/archive/blue_crystal_desktops
  58. 58 http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/wallpaper/apple/?order=9&alltime=yes
  59. 59 http://www.grimstveit.no/
  60. 60 http://www.joejoe.org/walls/index.php?spgmGal=Mac
  61. 61 http://www.joejoe.org/walls/index.php?spgmGal=Mac
  62. 62 http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4326
  63. 63 http://www.theapplecollection.com/desktop/
  64. 64 http://desktop.dvdesign.com/

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  1. 1

    No offense, but there are waaaaaay better wallpapers than the ones listed here. I’d say some are really mediocre.

    1
  2. 2

    btw, just have a look around http://www.deviantart.com/

    -1
  3. 3

    @Nate Stephenson: this is why you are here :) We appreciate every feedback from our readers! :)

    0
  4. 4

    Nah, ignore Nate. Deviant Art is the MySpace of art galleries. These galleries listed here are the find.

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  5. 5

    Very nice collection. Thank you for your advices.

    -4
  6. 6

    Hi !

    This is a Very Goood !

    -1
  7. 7

    Great collection. Just wondering has anybody seen wallpapers designed for ‘portrait mode’ use, they seem quite difficult to find :( Owen

    0
  8. 8

    Great job. I’ve just bookmarked this page. Nice for a ref.

    -4
  9. 9

    Great collection

    -2
  10. 10

    Was this :

    http://www.drweb.de/weblog/weblog/?p=724

    the inspiration for this post ?

    -2
  11. 11

    Great collection of wallpaper links! Thanks!

    1
  12. 12

    I’ve just bookmarked this page. cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -2
  13. 13

    @Peter said: Was this: http://www.drweb.de/weblog/weblog/?p=724

    the inspiration for this post?

    not only inspiration, but done by the same authors. smashingmagazine.com is just another production by the drweb.de people.

    -1
  14. 14

    Subramanian Manish

    January 11, 2007 9:00 pm

    This is a very fantastic website for growing designers
    like me. A huge thanks and compliment to those who have made it possible for us. Thanks again…..

    -1
  15. 15

    This is what I have been searching…………………………………

    Thanks a lot…

    I would like to know whether it is updated every month.
    Iam also looking for some best tutorial websites I will be happy if you guide me on this……

    0
  16. 16

    Great collection. Just wondering has anybody seen wallpapers designed for ‘portrait mode’ use, they seem quite difficult to find :(

    0
  17. 17

    Great job. I’ve just bookmarked this page. Nice for a ref.

    -1
  18. 18

    No offense, but there are waaaaaay better wallpapers than the ones listed here. I’d say some are really mediocre.

    -2
  19. 19

    Aloot of good free wallpapers at http://www.calxibe.com to :D

    -1
  20. 20

    Good Website. My looking everyday. thank you

    -1
  21. 21

    thank you very much for this good page

    -1
  22. 22

    Hi, please take a look to my Wallpapersite: http://www.mexivista.de/november-dezember08.html Every month i will show one wallpaper with calendar and more.

    -1
  23. 23

    I’d say some are really mediocre

    0
  24. 24

    come on i need a website about a movey backgrounds with action

    -1
  25. 25

    amazing collection, thanks for the Hubble link!!!

    -1
  26. 26

    Gr8 link collection, to goood!!!

    0
  27. 27

    THE BEST.

    i especially recommend travel (voyage) and nature

    0
  28. 28

    Great collection of wallpaper resources. An aggregator of all the good wallpaper resources on the web

    0
  29. 29

    that’s a spectacular web site including the most valuable wallpapers i’ve ever seen…

    0
  30. 30

    Please add some Dj type ( Scratcher ) and thingd like that as wall papers. Then We will surely buy that online. We will pay as much as money to buy the wall papers.

    0
  31. 31

    Hi folks!

    I enjoyed the links on your site. I publish some wallpapers/desktop background pictures from my journeys around the globe on my private website at:

    http://www.australien-ozeanien.de/desktop-background/index.html

    (There are also selected pictures in very high resolution on my poster site).

    If you like it I’ll be glad to have a link on your selected-wallpaper-site.

    Thanks

    Juergen

    1
  32. 32

    I have enjoyed this site

    0
  33. 33

    Pretty good sets here. Seems like the opinions above are based on how much surfing folks do, how long they’ve been surfin’ and, of course, subjective opinion… Some are really well done, but others may not be worthy of a smash. Covers the gamut though. Thanks.

    0
  34. 34

    nice wallpapers.

    the other sites are nice too.

    -1
  35. 35

    they are really cool :-)

    0
  36. 36

    just awesome guyz

    0
  37. 37

    very nice as always
    imo best wallpapersite is wallpaperstop.com

    0
  38. 38

    Its very mazing and mindblowing

    0
  39. 39

    amazing guys!!n keep up the good works!!!

    1
  40. 40

    these are cool. you should have stuff in more colors. some dark colors, like expressing depression, and light colors like expressing love or happiness. but like i said,, cool pic.’s!

    0
  41. 41

    nice wallpapers

    -2
  42. 42

    its very nice –
    hurray

    0
  43. 43

    real good work, it excellent to look at, its different,
    i can say that i only use these backgrounds in my whole life.

    0
  44. 44

    that is amazing which bridge is that

    -1
  45. 45

    i just find what i want. thanks and good luck

    1
  46. 46

    Very nice wallpapers! really good ones.

    -1
  47. 47

    very good , every thing

    1
  48. 48

    Very nice wallpapers!

    1
  49. 49

    Ohhhhhhhh really so nice wallpaper collection you have really so attractive.

    0
  50. 50

    very Very nice wallpapers!

    0

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