Friday, April 5, 2013

Freebie Friday 3

This time, for Freebie Friday, were serving up an iPhone5 optimized digital wallpaper for our Downtown Hub pattern. Click the image for the full resolution download and come back next Friday for another!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Overlook Hotel Remixed by The Detroit Wallpaper Co.

Michael Hanlon, one of our designers thought to ask, "what if Stanley Kubrick asked The Detroit Wallpaper Co. to design the carpet pattern in The Shining's Overlook Hotel?" Here's the original pattern which is certainly amazing in it's own right:

Now, here's a glance at what it would look like if we had our hands in the mix.

Onion Skin


Turnkey Chevron



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wanderwalls: Where Would You Go?

Our Wanderwalls collection is filled with some referential patterns to some of what we think are the most beautiful places on earth. From the U.S.A. to Africa to China, our diverse culture as a people serves as an endless palette of color, form, pattern and style to choose from when it comes to decorating our environments. Below are a couple examples...

Dia De Los Muertos
Forbidden City
I Heart Paris

We really feel like we have brought to life some beautiful highlights of human culture but we have a question for you. What places can you think of that would be a great place for us to explore when bringing you new additions of our Wallgazer line? Do the rich saturated colors of Jamaica's villages or the impossibly intricate sand mandalas of Tibet seem like the perfect inspiration for a pattern to you?Where would you like The Detroit Wallpaper Co. to take you next?

Monday, March 25, 2013

5 Type Foundries We Love

A good designer is only as sharp as his typographic arsenal. That's not entirely true, if your work isn't typically type heavy, but it's of great importance for most of us creatives working in the digital realm. We payed homage to it's importance with one of our patterns in our Wallgazer collection, modestly titled Printing Blocks.

With that being said, we'd light to shine a light on some of our favorite type foundries. These are just a few places that we feel are doing a great job keeping our eyes happy when it comes to the written word.

Art Zines

So, if you recall the 80's and 90's, one of the staples were those hand written, photocopied and staple bound bits of personal excitement known as zines. Typically focused around music and social politics, these were what you might call handcrafted paper blogs.

Today, now with the advent of the internet, blogs, RSS, social media, digital imagine software, desktop publishing, itunes and so many other technological advances, zines, as they were intended initially are sort of archaic. This doesn't mean they've gone away though. There are plenty of people creating some really fascinating zines with directives sometimes much different from their predecessors. What we're most interested in is the host of art, design, illustration and photo zines that have taken up residence not only on the shelves of mom and pop book stores but all over the internet as well. The Detroit Wallpaper Co. certainly enjoys not only the creativity and craftsmanship that goes into these works, but the effort to conceive create and self distribute the material, much like we do with our wallpaper collections. Take a look at some of these great looking examples:

Instamatics by Glitterbrain
Please Be Brave by dethpsun

Please Be Brave by dethpsun
Endangered Species by Helen Entwisle

Through DIY distribution channels such as Etsy, and home printing becoming more and more impressive, as well as economical, these DIY published works of art are becoming more prevalent as well as more lavish. For an easy look through a large library of what's available, look no further than Etsy's own Art Zine section.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Original Detroit Blogger - John Carlisle

John Carlisle writes not only for The Metro Times has been writing for his since 2006 and truly has his finger on the pulse of the city. Always interesting, features stories about residents businesses, business owners, politics, architecture, events and just about anything else you can think of as it relates to our great city. If you want a great peek through the window of the Motor City, this is a fine place to get it.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

What Has Us Pinterested!

We at The Detroit Wallpaper Co. love to share what keeps us interested and inspired so we've developed personal boards for ourselves on our Pinterest page to share with you. Swing by and take a look at what keeps our pulse going!