Wallpaper of the Week – Kiss


This is the tenth edition of Wallpaper of the Week. This design was actually created as part of my daily designs1. This wallpaper is entitled KISS, which is short for “Keep it simple stupid!” It’s been one of my favorite quotes, especially in design. Go ahead, start keeping it simple and download this wallpaper.

Kiss – Keep It Simple Stupid



Wallpaper Resolutions:

Note: The wallpaper only comes in one size. If you’d like to use it as your desktop wallpaper, please set it as your background and set your background color to either black or white depending on which wallpaper you want.

About the Quote and the Wallpaper

Earlier today, I tweeted a message asking all of my followers about which daily design4 did they like the best? Out of all the replies, this design got the most compliments. Also, one of my followers5 suggested that I offer it as a wallpaper which was an excellent idea.

If you are a designer, I’m sure you have heard of this quote. This is one of my favorite design quotes and I always try to apply in when I design. Sure, there are definitely times when my designs are complicated and busy, but really, the designs that I enjoy the most are the ones that are simple and straight to the point. To me, they are the most effective as well. That’s why I really like the work of Simon Page6.

Also, I definitely applied this quote when doing the redesign of this blog. I stripped away most of the design elements that were unecessary and I tried to make the blog as simple as possible without being bland and boring. You can read more about my redesign process here7. Anyway, my suggestion to you designers is this.

Keep it simple, stupid!

Quick Summary

  • Estimated time: 20 minutes
  • Tools: Photoshop
  • Total Layers Used: 4 (KISS)

Please share your thoughts about this wallpaper on the comments section below. If you liked this wallpaper, please tell your friends by re-tweeting it. You can also subscribe to the Design Informer RSS Feed8 so you won’t miss a thing.


  1. 1 http://daily365.designinformer.com/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/kiss/white.jpg
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpaper/kiss/black.jpg
  4. 4 http://daily365.designinformer.com/
  5. 5 http://twitter.com/acki
  6. 6 http://simoncpage.co.uk/blog/
  7. 7 http://designinformer.com/behind-scenes-design-informer-redesign/
  8. 8 http://feeds.feedburner.com/design-informer

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  1. 1

    Excelente lista, justo lo que hoy pensaba buscar lo tengo servido, gracias a Smashing Magazine, punto aparte como Ud.s lo hacen cada cierto tiempo ya es hora de que listen los themes más frescos para los CMS más populares, se agradece de antemano.

  2. 2

    Incredible collection !

    My blog thanks you !

  3. 3

    This is a great collection! Thanks!

  4. 4

    Fantastic Collection as always, keep up the great work Smashing Magazine!

  5. 5

    I’ve used “cforms II” I gives you loads of options to make it look and work just about any way you want it to.

  6. 6

    found this yesterday on dzone, it’s a comparison of ~10 lightbox scripts: http://blog.darkcrimson.com/2008/04/modal-kombat-a-lightbox-comparison/

  7. 7

    Grate! Thanks! always a good place to find this kind of tools.

  8. 8

    Datepicker is listed twice.

    It’s pretty nice. I use it myself. I had to jackson it to get it to work properly but it still looks great.

  9. 9

    hi there, i have been trying to find the resource and the origin of the concert hall application image you used under “light window”, could you be kind enough to direct me to where you found that application or image. i looked under the light window site and i can’t seem to find it.

  10. 10

    I really like the MooWheel, but it is difficult to mouse over a label to see who is connected to whom. Anyway to remedy that problem?

  11. 11

    Awesome collection!
    Thanks ;-)


  12. 12

    now this is seriously your one of your top posts to date. good compilation and finds. thanks much.

  13. 13

    I must be the only one then who wasn’t really inspired by those, but then I don’t see the Ajax a very useful. Too much hype.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    April 15, 2008 10:44 am

    @Frank: here is what you are looking for: http://www.cheathamlane.net/clients/SFCM/flash/index.html.

  15. 15

    Great article, beautiful resource. In my blog the Italian version… thank you

  16. 16

    Thanks for the links. I didn’t know about Lightview, Lightwindow I knew but the image shown tricked me into thinking it had something new going on. Keep it up.

  17. 17

    Thanks Smashing, it’s like you read my to-do list for work and tended to my needs.

  18. 18

    I modified the accessible news slider plug in and used it for the galleries here Link

  19. 19

    I modified the accessible news slider plug-in a bit and used it for the galleries here Link

    I think it made a great accessible solution for the galleries.

  20. 20

    Nice collection agian ;) I Like it.

  21. 21

    Great list. I love these kinds of posts.

  22. 22

    awesome.. list..

  23. 23

    Unbelievable amazing list. Thanks

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    Thank you again for your promotion of the Accessible News Slider. It continues to be the most visited page on my Web site, and developers have shown a real interest in promoting functional accessibility through its use.

    @Jared — GREAT JOB!

    d’bug @ blog.reindel.com

  26. 26

    what’s a great collection! Thanks!

  27. 27

    why are all the images broken?

  28. 28

    great post (as always).

    just thought I would let you know that the MooSlideBox 3 url is not working.


  29. 29

    Excellent Collection of Ajax scripts.

    Collect working demos for the above scripts

  30. 30

    Thanks ! i finally found the image gallery i was looking for ! :D

  31. 31

    Great list as always!

    I’ve been looking for a javascript/ajax gallery that can show .swf-files. I make a lot of banners and It would be great just putting them on the server to show my clients instead of making a html-page everytime.

  32. 32

    nothing really new except mooWheel….

  33. 33

    You can also add Rialto ( http://rialto.improve-technologies.com/wiki/) in this big ajax solution list.

    Great work.

  34. 34

    This is great, I’m glad to see so much MooTools stuff here!

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    Great Collection…Thanks

  37. 37

    miniajax.com has a nice layout of some more popular ones as well

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    Shahbaz Hussain

    April 16, 2008 4:57 am

    Thumbs up!

  39. 39

    Buenisimo aporte. Gracias !

  40. 40

    You people are an absolute godsend. This was exactly what I needed,
    when I needed it. Put me on your list, please.

    Thanks again.

  41. 41

    Really loved that first one. Looks amazing.

    Engage Interactive

  42. 42

    Great collection!

    One thing I noticed, you may want to change the Image you are using for “Relay” or blur the bottom right corner.

  43. 43

    Great collections……..

  44. 44

    It’s amazing. Very nice.

    @Gerado, Coterfield: It would be nice, if you could post your comments in english next time you write one. I’m from Germany.

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    Mithun P Sreedharan

    April 17, 2008 12:46 am

    Thanks alot!

  46. 46

    I have to sign up just to say thanks. Great work!

  47. 47

    Nice Collection……… Thanks.

  48. 48

    wow.. am speechless :)

  49. 49

    Excellent collection. Thank you for sharing

  50. 50

    This page looks terrible in IE7, all scrunched up into a three-inch wide column on the left. Is it accidental? Or is this one of those IE-bashing sites?

  51. 51

    Michael Paul da Rosa

    April 19, 2008 1:16 pm

    Excellent list!!!! Will be very useful, thankkss!!!

  52. 52

    Jobs in Middle East, Jobs in Gulf, Jobs in Dubai & Gulf, Jobs in Dubai, Jobs in UAE, jobs in Dubai, Jobs in Iraq, Jobs in Kuwait, Jobs in Jordan, Jobs in Bahrain, Jobs in Algeria, Jobs in Egypt, Jobs in Lebanon, Cairo, Abu Dhabi

    الموقع الرائد في توظيف الموارد البشرية بمصر و الدول العربية

    فرص عمل ,وظائف شاغرة ,شركات توظيف,وظائف,توظيف,وظيفة,موظف موظفين اعمال,طالب عمل ,مهندس ,دكتور,محاسب,بترول,بنك,وظائف حكومية,سكرتير ,وظائف الامارات,وظائف فرص عمل,وظائف السعودية,وظائف الخليج,وظائف مصر,وظائف الكويت,وظائف دول الخليج,وظائف خاليه,وظائف الدول العربية,البحث عن وظائف,طلب وظائف,مطلوب وظائف,وظائف حكومية,وظائف شاغرة,بحث عن وظائف

  53. 53

    Great work!
    Афигенна чуваг, писши есчо!

  54. 54

    I want tp provide multiple sliding date-pickers in a web page.
    How can i do it?Caould you please help me regarding this.

  55. 55

    Đoạn mã này là một cách thông minh để ẩn một phần đối với các đoạn văn bản dài trên trang web, sau đó thêm một liên kết cho phép người dùng ẩn/hiện đoạn văn bản đầy đủ. Đoạn mã này cho phép bạn chọn chiều dài của đoạn văn bản cần ẩn đi trong toàn bộ vùng văn bản.

  56. 56

    it’s awesome!! thanks alot

  57. 57

    It’s world of dynamic collection..

    It’s really really… great.. thanks a lot…

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  59. 59

    Very nice , Thanks

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    Thanks for the effort to put these great scripts together, really a fantastic toolbox!

  62. 62

    what a great stuff

  63. 63

    This is awaysome… great list by great people… keep it going guys!
    And thanks for the big effort you done on this page and on all scripts.

  64. 64

    is i can get FeedReader type of web application where i can added dynamic feeds link
    please send link for it

    Thanks in advance

  65. 65


    May 13, 2009 6:45 pm

    Well the collection is superb for professional use….
    thanks !

  66. 66

    Simple, yet effective – just at it should be. Well done!
    .-= Marco´s latest Blog Entry – Pure CSS3 bokeh effect with some jQuery help =-.

  67. 68

    Thanks for the wallpaper! Definitely one of my favorite of your daily designs.

  68. 72

    Well done mate. Keep it simple :)
    .-= Nikola Lazarevic´s latest Blog Entry – 20 Clean And Modern Free Fonts =-.

  69. 74

    Simplicity is simply irreplaceable…. :)
    .-= R´s latest Blog Entry – 30 most awesome Apple inspired concept designs =-.

  70. 76

    How about us the wallpaper as a tattoo? Good, friendly reminder always at your side. :)
    .-= Tony´s latest Blog Entry – Q&A: A Career in Web Design =-.

  71. 78

    Thanks, Jad, for this very pretty wallpaper!
    And thanks for the mention, too. :)

    Keep up the good work!

    • 79

      No problem Axel. I’ll definitely try to keep it up. BTW, thanks again for the idea! :D

      Oh, and by the way, if you all enjoyed this wallpaper, then you need to check out Simple Desktops. It’s one of my favorite places for simple and minimalistic desktop wallpapers.

  72. 80

    This bacronym has always been a little ironic to me. It makes me laugh. I love the wallpaper though!

    • 81

      Hey Philip! Yeah, it definitely is a little ironic.

      Nice word though. I had to look it up for the definition.

      Backronym – a phrase constructed after the fact to make an existing word or words into an acronym. Backronyms may be invented with serious or humorous intent, or may be a type of false or folk etymology.

      Thanks for the compliment on the wallpaper.

    • 82

      Nice. I think it would be even awesome if you wrote a step by step tutorial on how to create this beautiful wallpaper.
      .-= Aidan´s latest Blog Entry – 80 Extreme Advertisements That Will Challenge Your Mind =-.

  73. 84

    I am so loving the wallpaper and the new site design!
    .-= Robert´s latest Blog Entry – Sites Of The Week =-.

  74. 86

    I am adopting the ‘Keep it simple, stupid!’ in my blog redesign, and it’s already getting the result I wanted! I think to be able to keep things simple without making them appear boring is the mark of a great designer!
    .-= Codesquid´s latest Blog Entry – CSS3 rainbow =-.

    • 87

      Hi, glad to read that you are taking the same approach as well.

      I think to be able to keep things simple without making them appear boring is the mark of a great designer!

      I definitely agree with that. Just because something is minimal and simple does not mean it is well designed. It’s a hard thing to design, but once you get it down, then it simply is a thing of beauty.

  75. 88

    Great idea Jad. I always look forward to Abduzeedo’s wallpapers every week; and now I have two to look forward to. Keep up the great work!
    .-= Lee Gustin´s latest Blog Entry – Love Is All Around Us =-.

    • 89

      Hey Lee, that’s great! Definitely look out for the “Wallpaper of the Week.” It’s actually an older series here are Design Informer, but have just paused it for a little bit but it’s finally back. :)

  76. 90

    Nice wallpaper. I live by the “KISS” philosophy, as I am a minimalist.
    .-= Tom – Airopia´s latest Blog Entry – 14 Free Vector Musical Graphics =-.

  77. 92

    Nice one, Jad. I prefer darker backgrounds so I like the black version :)
    .-= Janko´s latest Blog Entry – Ultimate guide to table UI patterns =-.

  78. 94

    Nice Wallpaper.

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    This is a motto I try to live by, though I often times find myself making things complex/confusing anyways. Like you, I also applied the same principle to my blog design as well, though I may have taken it too far by restricting the colors so much.
    .-= Monji´s latest Blog Entry – 35 Great Logo Designs You Can Buy Right Now =-.

  80. 99

    Well, thats neat !
    .-= Billy´s latest Blog Entry – Once again it’s all about common courtesy! =-.

  81. 101

    Beautiful wallpaper! Much appreciated.
    .-= Ajay Talwar´s latest Blog Entry – 15 Free, New and Fresh Social Media Icon Sets =-.

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    Simple idea, simple design, simple wallpaper but a deep impact to whoever who reads it (or needs the advice)


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