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Back to School - September's Desktop Wallpaper Theme

Web Bureau

29 August 2012 by Web Bureau

Last month, our senior designer, Glenn Drain created this Olympic themed wallpaper as part of our monthly desktop wallpaper challenge.

This month, another member of our design team, Mark McGall has created a September themed illustration. Mark’s wallpaper is called “Back to school”.

This is something that many of us are turning our minds to now that another one of our “glorious” Northern Irish summers is coming to an end (although most of us would agree that it never really started to begin with!).  For those who have children, it’s back to the daily challenge of getting then up, fed, dressed and off to school before your own working day begins, and for those who don’t, there’s still the earlier start due to increased traffic on the roads, not something we look forward to after a few months with an extra 10 minutes in bed!

Although the theme is an obvious one for this time of year, Mark explains the inspiration behind his wallpaper design: 

“With summer drawing to a close and September looming I’m sure we can all remember the dread of the first day back at school. I remember this feeling all too well and decided to put a light hearted spin on this childhood memory.

I’ve wanted to do a comic book themed illustration for a while now so I’ve used a comic strip cell as the setting for the character (hand drawn - effort) along with a classic comic book typeface.

I chose a grey scale background to symbolise the feeling of dread before going back to school but tried to keep it funny with a light hearted strap-line and bright, friendly colours for ‘Timmy’.

Timmy’s reaction may seem a bit melodramatic but let’s be honest; it’s how we all felt!”

Mark has entered his design into ‘Smashing’ magazine’s monthly wallpaper design competition.  We know Mark’s wallpaper deserves an A- but do you think he’s passed the test?

Please leave your thoughts, comments and opinions below!

Make “Back to School” Your Wallpaper for September

If you’d like to download “Back to School” as your desktop wallpaper calendar for the month of September, follow these simple instructions:

1.    Click on the link to view the wallpaper - 
2.    Right click on the image and “Set as Background Image”
3.    Alternatively save it to your “Pictures” folder on your computer. From here you can right click on the image and “Set as Desktop Background”

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