Why I'm doing this:
My new monitor just arrived, and I've been looking for some new wallpaper to show it off with. While exploring my renewed interest in wallpapers I came to several realizations:
1. Googling/Binging for "Wallpaper" still turns up 1000s of crap sites, loaded with ads, links to malware and promises of beautiful russian brides, sex toys modeled after your favorite anime character's anatomy, and Top100 everything-you-could-ever-want!
2. Site content can be somewhat limited. e.g. InterfaceLift, long a favorite of mine, is heavily photography oriented. Blatte's Backgrounds is all fractal content. My fiancee, bless her heart, decided that some Bugatti Veyron pictures would make for sexy backgrounds, but it's been devilishly hard to find some good shots for that purpose. I'd like for geribls who are looking for specific "types" of backgrounds to be able get some good suggestions in each category.
3. Beyond subject, size matters more these days. While it doesn't need to be 2560 x 1600 to look good on a display with that resolution, I challenged myself to download only WQXGA sized paper and found it difficult. The growth of Eyefinity/Surround vision setups can require "odd resolution" papers, and the absolute boom in smartphones and tablets could benefit from a renewed focus on "smaller resolution" backgrounds (that can also handle a mass of icons/widgets well).
4. Credit where credit is due. As much as I've been staying away from the [H], I discovered they had a handy thread with good wallpaper site suggestions. I thought "That's nice. Why shouldn't we have a gerbil approved, blue-flavored one?"
I'll start with a pair of suggestions of my own, I guess. (Repeat suggestions welcome)Interface Lift
- Some very stunning images, available in multiple resolutions (lots of 2560x1600 support). Lots of photography/landscape/cityscape shotsSocial Wallpaper
- New wallpapers come in, and they get thumbsed up/down to increase/decrease their visibility. Interesting concept with some decent (often pop) images.