These days, a computer or mobile phone is just as likely to be your canvas as a sketchpad, notebook or easel. A great desktop or iPhone wallpaper should be beautiful, thought-provoking, creative and inspirational.
We challenged professional designers from around the world to create creative wallpapers. The mobile and desktop backgrounds they designed were influenced by their favorite artists, or inspired by their favorite creative quotations. These are the 15 best creative wallpapers for both desktops and mobile phones:
Solitude by Alipher
This hand-drawn desktop wallpaper is inspired by the classic illustrations of Norman Rockwell. It’s full of effortless detail with a subtle injection of quirky humor. The style, subject matter and color, however, give it a distinctly modern feel. The perfect inspirational wallpaper for those who appreciate a little alone time.
Surreal Alice by C!N
Artists of all mediums have been inspired by Lewis Carrol’s iconic Alice in Wonderland stories. Here the designer C!N plays up the surrealist and dark elements of the classic children’s tale in a Dalí-esque computer wallpaper.
Guts by Pinch Studio
Creativity isn’t about playing it safe. Designer Pinch Studio was inspired to create this badass creative wallpaper by a badass creative quote from Stefan Sagmeister.
The girl in the Garden by M.Six
Influenced by impressionist color schemes and Monet’s floral and botanical themed painting, this illustration shows a girl sitting or even hiding under a tree, in a very colorful garden. The perfect mobile wallpaper for those who love springtime.
Minimalism in green by -Z-
With a nod to both minimalism and architectural inspiration, this beautiful wallpaper by -Z- is great for the creative person who likes to keep things neat and tidy (or at least aspires to do so).
The jumping fox by Yono Torres
Filled with bright colors and movement, Yono Torres’ creative wallpaper will bring a large helping of fun to your computer or mobile phone.
Pop art by Pinch Studio
Love it or hate it, you have to admit that pop art was one of the most influential movements of the past century. Here designer Pinch studio plays on the whimsy of the iconic style, and gives it a modern edge with a digital, 3d rendering.
Mistakes by C1K
“It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow.” Anyone who has ever taken on a creative challenge knows this to be true. Remind yourself that it’s okay to fail with this whimsical, creative wallpaper for your phone or computer.
Three wise monkeys by Natalia Maca
A beautiful flat-design composition, Three Wise Monkeys takes inspiration from Frieda Kahlo with its figures and patterns, and gives it a modern feel with hip characters and colors.
Inspiration exists by Bramanto Setyaki
Artists can find inspiration from writers and vice versa. This light, airy, beautiful wallpaper for your phone or computer is inspired by a Maya Angelou quote.
Art began with abstraction by Chekhova
All art goes back to the basic elements of design. This black and white background by Olga Chekhova plays with shape and framing, drawing your eye to the quote by S.Giedion. Remind yourself to go back to basics every day with this inspirational wallpaper.
Art is primordially eternal by Fe Melo
Humans are endlessly fascinating. Here designer Fe Melo reminds us of our connection to both the primordial and modern with this elegant wallpaper featuring the human form in a modern style.
Inspirational sloths exists by Ink’d
Sometimes sloth is a sin. In this desktop and mobile wallpaper, however, it’s an adorable source of inspiration!
Funky duck by 5PANELS
Sometimes art is just weird. This creative wallpaper by 5PANELS takes inspiration from the movement in the work of Keith Haring and the pop color combinations of Andy Warhol.
The earth without art by stevenmink
If you’re every feeling down, no better way to remind yourself of your worth than with an inspirational quote. And what better way to inspire yourself than with some creative typography on your desktop or mobile phone?