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 Link


Download Link

Wallpaper Resolutions: Link

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 Link

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 Link

  • 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.

Footnotes Link

  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

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    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?


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