Windows 8 start screen wallpaper concepts revealed

Designing the default artwork for any version of Windows is not an easy project. A design must be carefully chosen as it will be seen by millions of consumers every day and because of that, selecting the right image is critical as it must overcome a series of design hurdles to be conducive to the user experience.

The most iconic wallpaper of all time belongs to that of Windows XP whose default image has likely been viewed billions of times by consumers who boot up their machines each morning. For Windows 8, we are able to get an inside look at the design process that eventually resulted in the Seattle default image that Windows 8 displays out of the box.

We have posted a few images in this post that were used during the design phase of Windows 8’s default login image and the Start screen backgrounds.

If you love the default Windows 8 image, you can thank Marius Bauer, as he is the individual responsible for the picture. If you head on over to his site (source link below), which we highly recommend, you can read his tale about how the image was developed, refined, and eventually selected as the default wallpaper.

Source: Marius Bauer | Via: Istartedsomething.com

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Nice, i'd really like any of them as my lockscreen wallpaper!

btw, should the news title be "Windows 8 Lock Screen wallpaper concepts revealed" as these aren't for the start screen?

Edit: Have reported issue

What I've felt is that Windows 8 was wallpaper lacking.... I know you have a plethora of them on the official website, but is always a nice thing to have a pack of them bundled....

Because I love those wallpapers!

While you tried to fulfill Dot Matrix's question..... I don't think anyone of us actually meant download these graphics as they are. We wanted version without the Time display in the lower left corner.

Thus, the graphics on that web site is not worth the download for me

ThunderRiver said,
While you tried to fulfill Dot Matrix's question..... I don't think anyone of us actually meant download these graphics as they are. We wanted version without the Time display in the lower left corner.

Thus, the graphics on that web site is not worth the download for me

You realize it would take a small child about 10 seconds in MSPaint to remove the text, right?

I don't care if it takes 10 seconds for a small abused labor to do it. Now I see that you find it so simple, why don't you whip both out in 20 seconds.. spent another 10 seconds, post on the web? With your mad skill, wouldn't you be doing the community a big favor?

That's exactly what I was thinking. There's nothing wrong with having more options and these are very high quality. Wonder what made them decide to not include them.

They probably ran out of space on the DVDs.

I think I like the design enough to copy it in Gimp and use it as a wallpaper.

Sinofsky wouldn't allow it. They just found these on a 3.5" floppy disk in his office while they were cleaning it out.

Enron said,
Sinofsky wouldn't allow it. They just found these on a 3.5" floppy disk in his office while they were cleaning it out.

Yay lol, here comes the Sinofsky jokes!