A few Christmases ago, when I first got my band saw, I made my [now] wife this wooden cheeseburger for her office desk. The whole thing was made from old wooden flooring and other scraps, and each of the colors comes from the natural wood tones of a variety of species.
The To Resolve Project is a different take on the New Year's Resolution: well-designed and inspiring creative mantras that give you a beautiful reminder everytime you switch on your smart phone or tablet. Whether you wanna read more, eat better, meet an exercise goal, or just be generally more creative and productive, you'll be good to go for the next fifty ringtone/wallpaper changes, at least.
I've seen my share of clever plywood edge furniture but nothing like these colorful desktops made from trashed skate decks. Looks like they're currently available in the Netherlands but that certainly can't stop you from taking the idea yourself!
Me? I'm a seasonal desktop and mobile background changer. I update them about four times a year, and then I keep the "used" ones in a folder, and will occassionally look back on them. Like those who obsessively catalog their days on their calendars or datebooks, or who are much better at keeping a journal than me,
Herman Miller, the design and furniture manufacturer behind such classics as the Eames lounge, Noguchi table, marshmallow sofa, and the Aeron chair, is giving away some seriously sweet free desktop backgrounds and wallpapers.
It's springtime! Which means its a new season, and time to freshen up your spaces. So, show your computer a little love by cleaning out your inbox, putting your desktop back together, and downloading a fresh typographic wallpaper.
The design team at Fossil is well-known for their warm and worn vintage-inspired design aesthetic...and they're freebies. They recently posted a great collection of thusly inspired desktop backgrounds for your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Veer, an awesome stock photography and illustration site for designers, offers these free desktop, iPhone, and iPad desktop that reimagine vintage drive-in B-movies with the language of typography.
Screensavers are a tough bit. On the one hand, they're good for your computer, they save energy, and they provided security. On the other, well, it's tough to find an attractive one. One that's simple, not distracting, and doesn't look like, well, the screen saver that came with your operating system.
But don't set it to black just yet. May I suggest installing one of these awesome, mod clock screen savers?
April showers bring...May desktop wallpapers?
Sure, why not? It's officially spring, so its time to air out your house, give your closet and cupboards a good onceover, so why not update your desktop as well. To do so, I suggest these thirty awesome May 2011 calendar wallpapers from graphic design experts Smashing Magazine.
ManMade readers really seemed to dig on this collection of free desktop wallpaper for creative folks, so we figured we'd rustle up a few more.
And boy, did we ever. This time, we're focusing on the beauty that is type-design, and the amazing things that letters can communicate.
I have a terrible time keeping track of instructional documents and handbooks on my computer. They don't go in the "documents" folder, cause that's where the documents I create go, right? Do I organize them by content, or by form? Plus, how am I ever gonna remember to actually open them and read after downloading?
So, I'm loving these desktop backgrounds that put the info right out there. It's already hard enough to find good looking wallpapers, but one's that help you make good looking stuff yourself? Why, yes I will, Speckyboy.com.
When I need a break from work, I tend to go for today's crossword puzzle, but I certainly appreciate the daydream-inducing liltiness of keeping a mini zen garden on one's desk.
Instructable author Obbitz has created one of the finest DIY zen garden options that'll inspire you to keep your desk clear. It's created from scrap wood and a bit of glue, and filled with ordinary sand and pebbles.
Sometimes, in the midst of the workday, you just need a minute. Not a two-hour lunch, not an off-site appointment, just five minutes to take your eyes off your computer and projects and do something that accesses a different part of your brain.
Then, might I suggest building a mini-skeeball game to keep off to the side for occassions such as these? Assembled from a bit of corrugated cardboard, a recycled coffee cup, and hot glue, it's built to use 1/3" ball bearings, making the project around 1/9th scale. Instructable-r Fungus Amungus even provides a pattern so you can easily make your own over your lunch break.