Deskpaper

Monday, 25 August 2008 — 4:19pm

Isn’t it strange that we still refer to desktop backgrounds as wallpaper? Wallpaper doesn’t go on desks. Then again, the desktop metaphor has become such an integral element of user interface design that one hardly thinks about what it represents.

Nevertheless, I would like to draw your attention to the latest addition to the site: the Wallpaper Gallery, a selection of desktop backgrounds that I whipped up from my point-and-shoot travel photographs. I think they are rather good, though they’re nothing that would turn any heads next to the awesome creations at InterfaceLIFT. I only have them in widescreen for now, seeing as how my notebook has a 16:10 monitor, but I’ll get to cooking something for you fullscreen types soon enough.

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One rejoinder to “Deskpaper”

  1. We call it wallpaper because the desktop is far more like a wall, not a wall as in Wall-To-Wall <Insert Composer Here>, or a wall as in the wall around Anarres, or even the humble walls that hold up buildings (or used to), but a wall of pictures, a bulletin-board, the wall of an abandoned building covered with posters.

    Friday, 19 December 2008 at 10:14am

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