Evolution of Windows 7's Iconic Home Screen

Chuck Anderson, creator of Windows 7's laid-back, cerulean-cool default wallpaper and login screen, showed evolution of his work including Easter eggs, avoiding Mac tropes and why flaming skulls didn't make final design. Chuck says actual design team he worked with was quite small and surprisingly open to his ideas. The first thing they showed him […]

Chuck Anderson, creator of Windows 7's laid-back, cerulean-cool default wallpaper and login screen, showed evolution of his work including Easter eggs, avoiding Mac tropes and why flaming skulls didn't make final design. Chuck says actual design team he worked with was quite small and surprisingly open to his ideas. The first thing they showed him back in December 2008 were those glorious Dr.-Seuss-as-read-by-Hunter-S.-Thompson wallpapers, so it was clear right off bat that censorship wouldn't really be a problem. The two pieces took about four months, start to finish. Chuck started with a pencil and paper, and moved on to Photoshop for the Windows 7 sheen, but two pieces retain that sketchy feel in fact, all individual threads on login screen were hand-drawn with a Wacom tablet.

    

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