Evolution of a Default Desktop

Justin Jurek

The default desktop for Windows 7. © Microsoft.

The default desktop for Windows 7. © Microsoft.

The tech wizards at Gizmodo have an interesting piece about the evolution of the Windows 7 default desktop, designed by Chuck Anderson.

It’s a great illustration (pardon the pun) of how design touches every facet of day to day life. Putting a little extra thought into something as benign as desktop wallpaper can elevate the mundane to the sublime.

As a side note, Chuck is also the mastermind behind the 2009 Chicago Marathon mural featured on the Kennedy Expressway. Nice.


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