“One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.” – Edward de Bono
Creativity, as you well know, is not just a passive trait. Creativity requires effort, practice and dedication. In many ways, creativity is the actual job, with design, writing, painting or any other artistic outlet just being a task you have to perform during the job.
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But lets not nit-pick. Unlike other jobs, at the end of the day you can look at your work and say you created something; something that in a small, medium or large way is unique; something that would not have been if you would not have made it.
To create you need inspiration and motivation. These two elements go hand in hand, seeing as inspiration fuels motivation. Simply put, the more inspired you are, the more motivated you are. There is nothing quite as thrilling as finding inspiration, and transforming it into an expression of yourself. And it is this exact thrill that motivates you to keep on creating.
Now, we know that inspiration sometimes just does not seem to want to come. That is why we put together this list of inspirational wallpapers, to get your creative juices flowing, and make sure you keep pumping out cool and original design.
1. Spread Light
This chalk on chalkboard wallpaper has the added bonus of containing really cool typography, which is, as you undoubtedly know, one of the trends you will be seeing in 2014. The message itself is also really nice. It aims to make you stay original
2. Today I’ll Create Something Beautiful
Like we were saying, sometimes it is hard to get inspiration. Sometimes you would rather just sit around and do nothing, and that might be fine, but laziness is creativity’s worst enemy. This wallpaper will remind you that you are creative because you create. And creating is not the same thing as doing nothing.
3. Your Future
Yet another wallpaper mean to motivate you not to say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. The message is powerful, boldly stating that “Your future is created by what you do today, not tommorow”, and that’s something that really sticks with you.
There is not limit to what you can achieve, just as long as you put your mind to it. This wallpaper serves as a reminder to that, making you go just that extra mile to become a better designer and, most importantly, artist.
5. Today I will be a Bird
A little humor goes a long way in helping you get inspired and motivated, so you’ll be seeing plenty of funny wallpapers on this list. That being said, this one should crack you up.
Time is a precious resource, so the more you have, the better. Seeing this elegant wallpaper should make you not waste time.
Winston Churchill motivated a country that was being ceaselessly bombed to win one of the biggest, bloodiest conflicts in human history. So this wallpaper should help you get working, no matter how overwhelmed you are.
A really rather capitalist statement, but maybe there is a bit of truth to it.
9. A Journey, Not a Destination
If the previous statement is a bit too “Wall Street” for you, than this might be more your thing. A bit more esoteric and philosophical, especially with the contemplative backdrop.
10. Inspirational Quote
This is what you might call a “inpirational wallpaper framework”. The lesson you should be taking away from this is that you shouldn’t take things too seriously, just as you shouldn’t take them too lightly.
11. Quiet Designers
This one’s for helping you a bit of personal branding. Sometimes you have to talk more than your designs.
12. Do It Now Do It Now
Nothing like saying something twice to get a sense of urgency. Helps you stay alert and get a bit of blood pumping.
13. Make Good Art
This is an extract from Neil Gaiman’s famous “Make good art” speech, which he held for the graduating class of 2012 at the Philadephia University of the Arts. It’s a wonderful speech, and you’d be doing yourself a real favor by listening to the whole thing.
14. Be Awesome
Barney Stinson is the face of confidence, and his iconic “be awsome” line has been made into many a wallpaper. Here’s another one for you to turn your frown upside down.
Here’s a wallpaper that really hits the nail on it’s head. There are two kinds of motivation: internal and external. The truth is, while external motivation is more frequent, it’s internal motivation that keeps you going for the long run.
This one pretty much sums up the feeling you get when you are inspired, and what inspiration is. It’s an idea that is so clear in your head, so obvious, that you’re surprised you didn’t have it before.
17. There Is No Try
Unleash your inner geek with this cool, motivational Yoda wallpaper. This little green alien trained generation after generation of Jedi Masters, and you’d do well to listen to his teachings.
18. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” is a lovely story for children, with less than subtle ecological undertones. This quote from the book is lovely little message about the importance of caring, and it also makes you feel like your more han just another brick in the wall.
Barney Stinson’s “Be awsome” line, again. Because you might get tired of the wallpaper, but you’ll never get tired of the words.
20. Portal Themed Wallpaper
This wallpaper is a lovely example how you can reinterpret an idea, and make it your own. The already iconic blue and orange portals from the video game Portal are re-vamped in a minimalistic kind of way that manages to reference the source material, without ripping it off.
21. The Desire to Achieve
This wallpaper is a beautifully typed quote from Ayn Rand, renowned individualist and author of “Atlas Shrugged”.
When making wallpapers with inspirational quotes, typography is everything, and in the case of this wallpaper, typography really is everything.
23. Yes We Cat
…and so cat you.
24. Design & Succeed
Basically, what this wallpaper is saying is that inspiring others can be a real source of inspiration for yourself.
25. If You Never Failed
Simple and to the point. Failure plays a crucial role in progress.
26. That’s Crazy Talk
Dillbert is such an awesomely funny critique of the corporate world, and this wallpaper excellently captures this.
The words do the talking here, the background is only a vessel with which they are delivered. Those words might have been a bit pretentious, but reading Goethe will do that to you.
28. Concision Precision Decision
It’s highbrow time, so after a quote from Goethe, it’s time now for a Victor Hugo quote. This one is about art and life, and they truly are words to live by.
29. Follow Your Passion
A simple wallpaper with a really nice picture, a very good quote and handsome looking typography.
30. Why Not?
This could be every creative person’s mantra.
That concludes our list of inspirational wallpapers. You’ll definitely find them on our screens, and we hope to see them on yours. Let us know what you think of the wallpapers, and which ones are your favorite in the comment section below.