Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December 3, 2013 by steph

We Wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

We wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Enjoy my retro-style, vintage inspired Christmas desktop wallpaper with custom illustrations. We hope it brightens your holiday season. 

We made it to fit your 27" iMac display. Download the Christmas wallpaper (2560x1440)

Appreciating Differences

May 1, 2013 by steph

I find myself drawn to both extremely structured and very organic imagery. The simplicity of Scandinavian design or edgy (but thoughtful) graffiti can catch my eye. A perfectly formed tulip or a charming meadow of wildflowers are equally enchanting.

City or country, gourmet restaurant or food truck, wine or beer...there is beauty in opposites and differences. A balance in life comes from appreciating what is both on your left and your right. If design was always structured and perfect, it would be stifling. But if all we had was chaotic and unstructured designs, it would leave us feeling unsettled. So we look for a middle ground with our work.

Here are desktop wallpapers for your personal enjoyment. We hope you appreciate the differences.

Gold and Black

Silver and Blue

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Golden Gate Bridge

February 11, 2013 by steph

Last November we created a poster of the Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate 75 years of history (1937-2012).

This year for my birthday we walked south across the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Baker to the Presidio. Along the walk we joined hundreds of tourists from around the globe as we gazed upwards at the towers and looked east to Oakland and Berkeley and west to the Pacific Ocean. These wallpapers are from the photography we shot while walking.
 
We hope this will inspire you to appreciate the icons of your geographic region as well as a reminder to look up and appreciate a new point of view.
 
Each wallpaper below includes a stanza from the poem, The Mighty Task, by Joseph P. Strauss, Chief Engineer, Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District.
 

The Mighty Task is Done

Written upon completion of the building of the Bridge in May 1937, by Joseph P. Strauss, Chief Engineer, Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District.

At last the mighty task is done;
Resplendent in the western sun
The Bridge looms mountain high;
Its titan piers grip ocean floor,
Its great steel arms link shore with shore,
Its towers pierce the sky.

Golden Gate Bridge

On its broad decks in rightful pride,
The world in swift parade shall ride,
Throughout all time to be;
Beneath, fleet ships from every port,
Vast landlocked bay, historic fort,
And dwarfing all--the sea.

Golden Gate Bridge

To north, the Redwood Empire's gates;
'To south, a happy playground waits,
in Rapturous appeal;
Here nature, free since time began,
Yields to the restless moods of man,
Accepts his bonds of steel.

Golden Gate Bridge

Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,
Yet ne'er its course was stayed,
But ask of those who met the foe
Who stood alone when faith was low,
Ask them the price they paid.

Golden Gate Bridge

Ask of the steel, each strut and wire,
Ask of the searching, purging fire,
That marked their natal hour;
Ask of the mind, the hand, the heart,
Ask of each single, stalwart part,
What gave it force and power.

Golden Gate Bridge

An Honored cause and nobly fought
And that which they so bravely wrought,
Now glorifies their deed,
No selfish urge shall stain its life,
Nor envy, greed, intrigue, nor strife,
Nor false, ignoble creed.

Golden Gate Bridge

High overhead its lights shall gleam,
Far, far below life's restless stream,
Unceasingly shall flow;
For this was spun its lithe fine form,
To fear not war, nor time, nor storm,
For Fate had meant it so.

Golden Gate Bridge

More from Germany, Austria and Prague

January 7, 2013 by bryan

This autumn we traveled to Europe for our inspiration trip. This year's forcus was on Germany, Austria and a side trip to Czech Republic. We had an amazing time in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Langenlois, Linz, and Munich. I hope you enjoy our travel stories and tips in our Things We Like section of our website.

Below are a few more moments we captured on the trip and we want to share them with you as desktop wallpapers. I hope they inspire you as they inspired us. Feel free to use as wallpaper for your iPad, iPhone or desktops.

Berlin, Germany

Berliner Fernsehturm

Berliner Fernsehturm

Berlin East Wall Gallery

Berlin East Wall Gallery

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Sunset

Prague Sunset over the Vltava River

 

Vienna, Austria

Vienna Park

Vienna Park at Sunset

Vienna Stephansdom

Vienna Stephansdom

 

Vienna Metro

Vienna Metro

 

Langenlois, Austria

LOISUM Wine & Spa Resort

LOISUM Wine & Spa Resort

 

Linz, Austria

Linz Ars Electronica Center

Linz Ars Electronica Center

Linz Church Windows

Linz Church Windows

 

Munich, Germany

Munich Church Interior

Munich Church Interior

Munich Olympiapark

Munich Olympiapark

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December 17, 2012 by bryan

Merry Christmas and Happy New year wallpaper

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Mazzarello Media & Arts!

Please enjoy this desktop wallpaper for your personal use. May it brighten your home or workplace!

Download wallpaper 2560x1440

Go back in time and donwload the desktop wallpapers from 2010 (1900x1200)!

http://www.mazzarello.com/connect/details/li/Very-Merry/

http://www.mazzarello.com/connect/details/li/Merry-Christmas-and-Happy-New-Year/

 

Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Langenlois, Linz, and Munich

November 13, 2012 by steph

This autumn we traveled to Europe for our inspiration trip. This year's forcus was on Germany, Austria and a side trip to Czech Republic. We had an amazing time in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Langenlois, Linz, and Munich. I hope you enjoy our travel stories and tips in our Things We Like section of our website.

Below are moments we captured on the trip and we want to share them with you as desktop wallpapers. I hope they inspire you as they inspired us. Feel free to use as wallpaper for your iPad, iPhone or desktops.

Berlin, Germany

Reichstag

Reichstag

East Berlin Railway

East Berlin Railway

Neue National Gallery in Berlin Mies van der Rohe

Neue National Gallery in Berlin by Mies van der Rohe

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Metro

Prague Metro Escalator

Prague Vltava River

Prague Vltava River

 

Vienna, Austria

Vienna Metro Mural

Vienna Metro Mural

Vienna Schönbrunn Palace

Vienna Schönbrunn Palace

 

Langenlois, Austria

Langenlois blue wall

Langenlois blue wall

Langenlois vineyard

Langenlois vineyard in the Kamptal

 

Linz, Austria

Linz Danube River

Linz Danube River

Linz Ars Electronica Center

Linz Ars Electronica Center

 

Munich, Germany

Munich Underground Marienplatz Station

Munich Underground Marienplatz Station

Munich Nymphenburg Palace woods

Munich Nymphenburg Palace woods

8-Bit Builder

October 22, 2012 by steph

Both Bryan and I grew up wanting to become architects. We spent years playing with Legos and blocks, and often incorporate that passion for structures into our photography and design. Video games were also integral to both of our childhoods, and we find the simple design of early games very fascinating.

This wallpaper is built up of small pieces becoming larger pieces that become part of a design construction. It is the creation of two kids who grew up in the 80's playing a lot of Pitfall and wanting to become Elyse Keaton on Family Ties someday.

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Bauhaus Design

September 20, 2012 by bryan

Bauhaus Design Wallpaper

I have always been influenced as a designer by European design from the early to mid-20th century. One of the most influential has been the German design movement, Bauhaus. Bauhaus, was a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design. The movement created a unique and stylized typography, furniture, architecture, and graphic design.

“Architects, painters, sculptors, we must all return to crafts! For there is no such thing as “professional art”. There is no essential difference between the artist and the craftsman. The artist is an exalted craftsman. By the grace of Heaven and in rare moments of inspiration which transcend the will, art may unconsciously blossom from the labour of his hand, but a base in handicrafts is essential to every artist. It is there that the original source of creativity lies.

Let us therefore create a new guild of craftsmen without the class-distinctions that raise an arrogant barrier between craftsmen and artists! Let us desire, conceive, and create the new building of the future together. It will combine architecture, sculpture, and painting in a single form, and will one day rise towards the heavens from the hands of a million workers as the crystalline symbol of a new and coming faith.” — Walter Gropius

In September and October we will be traveling throughout Germany and Austria taking this incredible style. Enjoy this wallpaper!

Cityscape

June 27, 2012 by steph

San Francisco Cityscape

We recently were asked to create a cityscape for a client's website icon. We had so much fun creating it we decided to create a desktop wallpaper (now big enough for a 2560x1440 screen)!

Do you recognize any buildings?

Celebrate Spring

April 16, 2012 by Steph

Springtime is a welcomed season of change. Living in California, our spring might not be as dramatic a change as living on the East Coast, but nevertheless we love the new colors all around us. This desktop wallpaper series celebrates the spring season with three floral desktop wallpapers with lilies, chrysanthemums and magnolias, hand-drawn by Stephanie.

Enjoy these springtime floral desktop wallpapers, now formatted for 2560x1140 screens! Works really nice as your iPad or iPhone backgrounds as well!

Floral Desktop Wallpaper

Floral Desktop Wallpaper

“Floral

Light in Motion

February 29, 2012 by Steph

The way that cameras work is exciting, confusing and stimulating to me. I love that light goes through a lens, an image is captured and people are inspired. A lot of my photography is all about exploring my creativity. What can I capture? What can I create? What do I see beyond what is present? In these images the colors were inverted and removed, allowing us to more clearly see the movement of the light.

I hope that in some way they encourage others to think about what we can see in the world we encounter every day. That all of us would take time to see the unseen.

Light

Light

Light

Light in the Dark

February 20, 2012 by Steph

When I was a kid, the twinkle lights would come down after the Holidays were over, and I was always a little sad. Now we leave some lights up in our home throughout the winter months, making it easier to get through the long dark nights. There is something so magical about those tiny little lights.

For these wallpapers, we took photos of the lights we found on a tree while walking around one evening this winter in the Presidio of San Francisco National Park. We love all the different ways the same set of colorful lights can be seen. We hope they brighten your winter season as you anticipate the coming spring.

Light

Light

Light

Light

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Childhood Recollections

January 23, 2012 by steph

These images come from my painting series exploring my love for my family and childhood recollections. Each animal represents a person and their actions show a vivid memory.

As winter gets dark and rainy, I find myself needing something fun and cheerful to look at. What could be better to brighten the day than a little bit of color and silly animals?

And yes, I put a bird on one

To see the original paintings: http://mazzarello.com/look/details/li/painting/

Animals

Animals

Animals

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Chaos & Destiny

January 12, 2012 by steph

In the past few months I have been working and thinking about patterns inside of chaos, tendencies amongst chance. That when we step into something it may seem like everything is taking place randomly, but as we pull backwards trends slowly appear. I guess the same can be said for when we zoom in tightly/microscopically and begin to see the structures that exist as well. Life seems full of chaos and structure, chance and destiny.

When I first saw the structure of DNA in high school I found it fascinating, both the shape and the way everything matched up so precisely. These tiny and miraculous building blocks. In math, I loved figuring out the shapes that existed inside the functions. That numbers and letters could tell us something about lines and space.

While I continue to delve into my ideas and create new work, please enjoy these wallpapers that are photographs of my recent explorations with ink.

Paper

Paper

Paper

Italian Cinema

November 11, 2011 by steph

Something is lovely about black and white photography. It tells a story in a way that color doesn’t. Through simplicity it explains complex ideas. I always find myself looking at black and white photos longer than color images. Maybe my eyes are less overwhelmed? Maybe there is something intangible that black and white images convey?

I feel the same way about film. I especially find myself visually drawn to the films of the 40’s-60’s in Italy. Their artistry. Their storytelling. The raw way in which they were shot. When I think of Antonioni (L'Avventura), Fellini (La Strada, 8 1/2), Rosselini (Roma, Città Aperta), De Sica (Ladri di Biciclette), just some of the filmmakers that led the way in Italian cinema, I wish I could see the world through their eyes. Through their cameras.

The wallpapers we include here are paying respect to the filmmakers who opened the eyes of the world to the beauty of Italy, film and art.

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

Glimpses of Italy 2

October 19, 2011 by bryan

We are still processing our RAW images from our trip to Italy this autumn, so while you wait we wanted to share more desktop wallpapers to give a glimpse of our travels from our iPhone 4 Instagram images.

For those of you that already follow us on Instagram, we hope these photomontages include some of your favorites. If you don't currently use the Instagram app, you should check it out because it is an awesome and quick creative outlet. 

Enjoy the images from Sirmione, Rimini, Modena, Bologna, Milano, Venezia and more.
 

Northern Italian Textures

Sirmione and Rimini

Emilia-Romagna Italy

Venice, Italy

Verona, Italy

Milan, Italy

Glimpses of Italy

October 12, 2011 by bryan

We are back from our trip to Italy with inspired minds, satisfied stomachs and anticipating going through all of our photographs from our trip.

While we would love to edit all of our 1,400 RAW images and upload some gorgeous wallpapers, there is also a lot of emails to go through and designing to be done around the studio. 
 
Since those photos may take a bit of time, we want to give a glimpse of our travels from our iPhone 4 Instagram images. For those of you that already follow us on Instagram, we hope these photomontages include some of your favorites. If you don't currently use the Instagram app, you should check it out because it is an awesome and quick creative outlet. 
 
We promise some lovely large images will be coming to decorate your computers' backgrounds, but until then we hope you enjoy these little beauties. Enjoy the images of the flavor, travel and art of Italy.
 

Taste Italy

Travel in Italy

Art in Italy

Pixel Love

August 31, 2011 by steph

As designers we have great respect for the "pixel". The little blocks of color coming together to form something larger and more beautiful are both symbolic and necessary in our work. However, sometimes in the process of stepping back to see the big picture we forget about the humble pixel. These wallpapers are my shout out to those lovely squares and all that they do for us.

Pixel Love

Pixel Love

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Creatures of the Deep Blue

August 4, 2011 by bryan

Last weekend Stephanie and I spent Saturday afternoon at the 26th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, CA. We had never been before but our friend Emily reminded us of the famous East Bay event.

We were able to experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying, plus all around free community fun in the sun with an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There was something for everyone at the festival, from the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses which we feature on this wallpaper to kite battles and even choreographed kite dancing!!

Kite Fest

 

note from the creators of the Giant Creature Kites

Each giant octopus kite is 20-feet wide and nearly 100 feet long. The pod, or “Octopile” as the team likes to call it, flies in perfect formation as if it knew it were part of the team. With all those tentacles floating rhythmically in the air, the Octopile seems to take on a life of its own. “One or two giant Octopi kites are a sight to see,” Wrangler member Tom McAlister, “but when the Berkeley Kite Wranglers fly their Octopile of nine, ten or even more it becomes a wondrously vibrant spectacle you have to see to believe. And once you see it, you will never forget it.”

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Miami Continued (3)

June 20, 2011 by bryan

The Miami series continues with this final group of images, along with ones that we released in the last two weeks, representing all of the different elements we loved in Miami. Since one style couldn’t show all that Miami has to offer, each weeks’ images have their own distinct look. Enjoy our version of Miami Fusion.

Miami

Miami

Miami

Miami

Miami

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Miami Continued (2)

June 9, 2011 by bryan

The Miami series continues, along with ones that we released last week, showing all of the different elements we loved in Miami. Since one style couldn’t represent all that Miami has to offer, each weeks’ images have their own distinct look.

Miami

Miami

Miami

Miami

Miami

Miami

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Miami Fusion

June 1, 2011 by bryan

Bryan recently had the pleasure of speaking at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild’s Annual Conference in Miami on the topic of branding and design. (You can read his blog entry to find out more about the topics he discussed). While we were there we were inspired by the beauty and diversity of Miami. It was a city that felt futuristic and classic, full of nature and design, with something to look at around each corner.

We went to restaurants that are classics like Versailles Restaurant, and exciting new places, like Sustain. The charming beaches on Key Biscayne were lovely next to the excitement of the downtown glass skyscrapers and bustling South Beach. At each location we heard new languages and accents and were surrounded by people of every age. Everything about it was absolutely wonderful, except it would have been perfect about 10-15 degrees cooler (we are from the Bay Area after all).

These wallpapers, along with ones that we release over the next few weeks, represent all of the different elements we loved in Miami. Since one style couldn’t represent all that Miami has to offer, each weeks’ images will have its own distinct look. Enjoy our version of Miami Fusion.

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paper

paper

paper

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Paper Experiment

May 4, 2011 by steph

After watching a documentary on paper folding on Independent Lens: Between the Folds, I pulled paper out of the cupboard and started folding and folding and folding. I followed no rules or instructions, just created symmetrical folds and allowed shapes to form.

After photographing the paper I became interested in what would happen if I introduced color and texture into the black and white images. These wallpapers are the final result of my paper experiment. If you would like to see the original photography check out Playing with Paper on our portfolio.

paper

paper

paper

paper

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Our Design Process

March 23, 2011 by steph

This week's wallpaper is based on our design process. We felt like we needed to visually illustrate our process so we could see it and then we realized we needed to share it. Since adding it to our website we have had wonderful feedback. We even had a friend beg to have it made into a shirt. Well, wallpaper is a start. Enjoy!

Here is how we break it down:

  1. Everything good always starts with rumination and pondering.
  2. Espresso is always our fuel for thought. Locally roasted Bicycle Coffee does the trick. 
  3. Brainstorming.
  4. Expresso.
  5. Ideas.
  6. Expresso.
  7. Ideas.
  8. Bright Idea!
  9. Let it simmer.
  10. Take Action.


We take our clients seriously. In fact we are quite choicely about our clients, because we know that their organization and projects live with us in our home while we work for them. We are passionate about what they are passionate about and that means taking the time to create a great solution.

So what is your creative process? What do you dream about?

Mazzarello Media and Arts Design Process

Snowscape

February 23, 2011 by bryan

This wallpaper image comes from our trip to the Sierras where we found ourselves skiing in 80 inches of powder! We took this image while cross country skiing the backtrails of Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort, North America's largest cross-sountry skiing resort located near Lake Tahoe, CA with 320K of groomed track!

The resort is so remote the only way to this spot is by skiiing there. The only sounds we heard was the swish of our skiis. We just loved the contrasts of a bright blue sky, sparkeling white snow and dark green trees.

Royal Gorge

Belle Rocce

February 7, 2011 by bryan

This wallpaper image comes from our photography in Sicily. The title is "Belle Rocce" which means Beautiful Rocks in Italian.

The main photo was taken at the edge of the ancient city of Cefalu, October 2010 on our last trip to Sicily. The week we were there the weather was unseasonably stormy and the Tyrrhenian Sea was extremely rough. Normally the sea is as calm as Lake Tahoe so it was a rare sight to see the water beating against the craggy rocks.

Sicilian Rocks

Barcelona Desktop Wallpapers

December 31, 2010 by bryan

Today is the last of a few things. For one it is the last day of December, the last day of 2010 and the last day of our 31 wallpapers for 31 days in December.

We had a hard time keeping it to 31 so we added a couple bonuses for those of you who are counting. This last series of wallpapers come from our photos of Barcelona, Spain. We were prepared to be insider when we arrived in the city, but we had no idea how impactful Barcelona would be. It is a remarkably creative city. Just walking down the street we were overwhelmed by the creative street performers, Gaudi’s modernista buildings, impromptu dancing and the smell of great food. Even the sidewalks had a nice design element to them. In this series you will see how we were inspired by texture as well.


We hope you enjoyed this month’s wallpapers. Feel free to share with friends, family and coworkers.
Happy New Years!

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

All Hail Madrid

December 22, 2010 by bryan

When we first stepped out of the train station in Madrid, the capital of Spain, we felt right at home. After being in smaller cities it was wonderful to be walking amidst towering high-rises and treelined boulevards.

What is not to love about Madrid? We got to go see amazing art at The Reina Sofia, The Prado, Caixa Forum and many other galleries. We spent an afternoon soaking in the autumn sun at Parque del Buen Retiro, took in all the action with a stroll on Gran Via and feasted on tapas and cava in one of the great late night dinner cities!

The wallpapers below show the variety of stimulating visuals of Madrid, from the cherry red Reina Sofia building, luxurious and plush dining rooms, soaring glass ceilings, and even beautifully inspiring staircases.

Enjoy another 6 wallapers this month and don't forget to leave a comment.

Madrid

Madrid

Madrid

Madrid

Madrid

Madrid

City of Inspiration - Cordoba, Spain

December 21, 2010 by steph

We have almost reached 31 wallpapers for the month of December with these next four composites of our photographs from our time this October in Cordoba.

Cordoba

Cordoba

Cordoba

Cordoba

Sevilla In Our Hearts

December 17, 2010 by bryan

Continuing with our 31 wallpapers for the month of December, we are happy to present you with the next four. These image are composites of our photographs from our time this October in Sevilla, a rich and historic city in the heart of Andalusia. As my friend Michael says, "It is the Spain of Spain”.  It is a special city to me personally because my grandfather lived in Sevilla for 20 years. I have fond memories of Christmas stories from my nonno about his adventures.

Sevilla is both old and new. We fell in love with the Arabic designed buildings and artwork. The Moors ruled the Iberian peninsula from 711 A.D. to 1248 A.D., and left indelible traces in Sevilla as in all of Al-Andalus (Andalusia). These images are our impression of an ancient yet vibrant modern city. 

Sevilla

Sevilla

Sevilla

Sevilla

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 15, 2010 by steph

Very Merry

We are now halfway through the month of December and have created all the remaining wallpapers we will be giving away this month. Before we share our love of Spain with the rest of the designs, we present one more holiday inspired wallpaper for you to enjoy these next couple of weeks.

Make sure to check back on Thursday for the release of our Sevilla designs.

Download the full size wallpaper (1900 x 1200px)

Journey through Light and Darkness

December 7, 2010 by steph

Shadow and light, high and low, round and angled, up and down, open and closed...we understand one only in relationship to the other.

One time when we were at a film conference at our university the speaker, Scott Derrikson, spoke of how his films focused on darkness in order to reveal light. This idea has stuck with us throughout the years. We often find ourselves drawn to films that deal with difficult issues and flawed characters revealing the need for beauty and goodness.

Recently we have been watching stories of people on epic journeys, climbing mountains, traversing deserts and immigrating to new lands. Films that have shown that getting to the top of the mountain or crossing the ocean doesn't mean the journey is over. When one goes up, one must come down, they can only be fully experienced together.

As each person goes through life the contrasts surround and envelop us. We experience joy and sorrow in one day. Laughter is followed by tears. Pain and ecstasy can come simultaneously.

These photos are our look at the idea of the journey through light and darkeness.

Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light

Memories of Portugal

December 2, 2010 by bryan

Each year we try and take time away from the office to refill our creativity reservoirs. This October Stephanie and I spent a month traveling in Sicily, Spain and Portugal.

When in Portugal we fell in love with the beauty of its buildings, subways, nature, food and people. The variety and contrasts are what made it especially beautiful...organic natural beauty in the middle of the city, crumbling walls across the street from gorgeous contemporary architecture, a night life enjoyed by all ages, a country full of history that is pushing creativity forward.

In Lisbon we immediately felt at home, and our only regret is that we didn't spend more time there (well it would have been nice if the rain came down a little bit softer too). It is the city we would return to right now if we could.

In Lagos the jagged rocks jumping out of the green sea made us look forward to further explorations of this stunning coastline. We thought of the great explorers setting sail not knowing what would lay ahead, and found ourselves wondering why one would want to leave all of that beauty behind.

We miss you Portugal...your vinho verde, bacalhau, Pasteis de Nata and most importantly all of your wonderful charm around every turn.

Enjoy these desktop wallpapers and besure to share them with your friends and family. Just click the image to view the full size.

Lagos, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Very Merry

December 1, 2010 by bryan

Very Merry

We love making gifts for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions; it is a way for us to be able to show those that we love how much we care. 

Over the years we have given photography, paintings, poetry and other handmade presents to those that we hold dear. Often there isn't enough time to make something for everyone special in our lives, so this year we decided to create a bunch of wallpapers  that are inspired by and for those that have impacted our lives. 

These are our gifts to family, friends and clients who have brought joy and energy into our lives. We hope that these little pieces of creativity can bring a smile to your face, help you to dream or just make it more enjoyable as you sit your computer this season.

Download the full size wallpaper (1900 x 1200px)

 

Sevilla Graffiti

November 17, 2010 by bryan

Sevilla Graffiti

One of our favorite things about travel is seeing new things. When we walk through streets of new cities there are always compositions, images, scenes that grab for our camera's attention. We cannot explain why but we see common themes once we get home and process our images. In this case after we returned home to the design studio after a month of travel on the Ibernian Penisnula we noticed that our eye was drawn to street art and graffiti. This image was capurted along the Guadalquivir River. We process it in Photoshop and played off of the geomatic shapes and added drop shadows for more depth.

Download the wallpaper for your desktop (1920px X 1200px).

Video Games and Turtles

September 23, 2010 by steph

Turtle

This image is adapted from my painting series exploring my childhood, and serves as a tribute to my love of all things video games.

When I was a child, my brother and I received our first Atari and we were bouncing off the walls with excitement (I am pretty sure there is a VHS tape somewhere in my parents house to prove this). Our first Nintendo was my opportunity to hone my skills at Tetris, which has provided a lot of help over the years as we fill trucks to move. Then we enjoyed our Sega Genesis, where my obsessing over Sonic the Hedgehog verged on being out of control.

Currently, we are still going old school with our PS2 that most importantly enables me practice my Rock Band skills, so I am prepared when the Pixies call me up to help them out.

Twisted Math

July 14, 2010 by steph

Twisted Math

I really enjoyed patterns in math, the lines and shapes created by numbers and the challenge of problem solving. Once called the "Queen of Math" by a teacher, I had considered becoming a math teacher myself. While I didn't end up going down that path, the beauty of art is that all different kinds of minds can create, what I loved in math can now become my creations.

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Urban/Rural

May 26, 2010 by steph


This drawing is from a several years ago, around the time that we were watching documentaries and reading about food production in the 20th and 21st centuries. It was a drawing that organically developed from my mind processing ideas that I had previously not really considered.

Growing up in Southern California, I never experiencing farming or factories first hand, so I will not pretend to be an expert. I know that with advancing technology there are both pros and cons financially, ecologically and sociologically.

This is the same story in the design world. Designers used to create everything with their hands, but with the development of computers the role of the designer has changed quite a bit, for both the good and the bad.

Often we rely too heavily on the computer, I personally believe that it is important for our work to still feel touched by a human hand. A large portion of my work combines something I have personally drawn, painted or photographed with the technology available on photoshop and illustrator. I find myself drawn to the merging of organic and clean, hand-drawn and computer generated...that by beginning a design with our imperfect hands we create something uniquely us.

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Neue Helvetica Tribute

May 19, 2010 by steph



This week's wallpaper is a tribute to the Neue Helvetica typeface family. The phrase "I would love to be a part of this beautiful family" is 11 words long, representing the 11 fonts that we used from the family (there are 51 total). See if you can find all the words.

It was great to be able to celebrate type forms as artwork and not necessarily function. The plan is that every now and then we will release a typeface tribute wallpaper for typefaces that are important to our work.


History of the the Neue Helvetica Font Family
Except below from the Linotype website

Designer: Linotype Design Studio, 1983
The Neue Helvetica® Font Family is part of the Linotype Originals.

In 1983, D. Stempel AG redesigned the famous Helvetica typeface for the digital age, creating Neue Helvetica for Linotype: a self-contained font family. Today, this family consists of 51 different font weights.

Neue Helvetica sets new standards in terms of its form and number of variants. It is the quintessential sans serif font, timeless and neutral, and can be used for all types of communication. Neue Helvetica is one of three Helvetica typeface families from Linotype.

Ring Ring

May 12, 2010 by steph


This week's wallpaper is a fun illustrative pattern of an old school rotary telephone. As we are working on our new website (coming summer 2010) we are working out new patterns and illustrations of common objects in our life. Although we don't have a rotary telephone, communication via phone is an important aspect to our daily lives. Can you remember back when we were all tied down to a phone jack on the wall? So much for privacy in those days. But there was something cool about the crazy, curly phone cords.

 

New Amsterdam

April 28, 2010 by bryan



This week's wallpaper is a collage of our photos from a New York trip. The view of Manhattan is from Brooklyn and the trees are from Central Park. We named this week's wallpaper from one of our favorite band's Travis' song New Amsterdam.

 

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Icon Pattern

April 22, 2010 by bryan



So we are done with taxes and some major projects. Unfortunately during the busy time we did not have time to develop any new wallpapers until this week. 

This new wallpaper represents the new direction we are going with some of our personal work. Fun, bright colors and utilizing our logo's open space. The photo in the background is graffiti from a skate park in London along the waterfront.

Recently Stephanie and I have been reworking our business cards, planning our new website and developing our primary statement. We hope to share it with you this summer.

 

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Spring Pop

March 17, 2010 by steph




You know it is spring when you have a hop in your step and the sun is shining on you. Suddenly the world is full of possibilities and colors are popping up all around you.

In this week's desktop wallpaper we wanted to create a visual representation of our emotions at this time of year. We hope you have a good week! Get out and smell some flowers!

 

Saint-Ouen

March 3, 2010 by bryan




We love exploring. We especially love exploring cities. One can never tell what is around the corner unless one looks. We love that. One of our favorite things to do in a new city is to stroll and just take it all in.

When we visited Paris this past summer we had the chance to stay with our dear friends Aurélie and Giuseppe. Aurélie is a costume designer in the French film industry and they have great taste. They live in a very cool neighborhood call Saint-Ouen just outside the center of Paris. Saint-Ouen is home to the famous Paris's flea market (marché aux puces). This neighborhood has tons of texture and variety and is no surprise that our wallpaper comes from this street.

We found lots of old walls that for decades have been plastered with signs and advertisements for different market stalls. We just love the way the wall carried history and wore it well. We hope you can enjoy it as well.

 

Lights in the Night

February 24, 2010 by bryan




Most of the time driving is no fun, especially when you are in traffic, but every now and then a good song comes on and you are just in the moment. Lights are flying by in the night and nothing can stop you.

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Green Cabin in the Woods

February 10, 2010 by bryan




In the past two weeks Stephanie I have been able to enjoy a weekend in Boulder and a weekend in Tahoe. We were so inspired by the beauty we saw in the snowy mountains and trees! This week's image comes from the inspiration of a green cabin that struck me like lightening when I walked by. All around was white and then all of a sudden this weathered, green, cabin sat peacefully in the fluffy snow.

 

Sicilian Flowers

January 14, 2010 by bryan





About this time of year we are daydreaming of another trip to Sicily. Last autumn we had an amazingly inspirational trip to Europe and we were sure to include a week in Sicily with my family. We hope this wallpaper will warm your computer up a bit on a cold winter's day and make you daydream of warm Tyrrhenian, autumn, breezes coming off the norther coast of Sicily. The photo was taken at the top of the hill over looking the my family's city of Capo d' Orlando.

Winter Rain

January 7, 2010 by bryan





Happy New Year from Mazzarello Media and Arts. The winter season is here (except our Southern California friends and family). For us that means rain, although today it is quite pleasant.

Nevertheless, we decided that a desktop wallpaper of beautiful rain drops on our car windshield would be a nice image this week. Do you remember being a kid and watching the rain drops slide slowly down the glass, while your family was on a road trip? I always liked to think of it as a topographic map of some alien landscape.

 

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Snowflakes

December 16, 2009 by steph





We realize that we live in Oakland, CA and that snow is not very common in the month of December, but we did get a bit of snow here in the East Bay on Mt. Diablo. While we rarely get to enjoy snow here in the Bay Area the natural beauty and and intricacy of a snowflake is universal.


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Autumn's Final Cry

December 9, 2009 by bryan





As the season of Autumn gets set aside with preparation for Christmas (even though Winter does not start until December 21), we wanted to give you one last parting image of Autumn. We just love the look of the trees at this time of year and the lovely patterns their leaves make on the ground.


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Foggy New York Night

December 2, 2009 by bryan





New York truly is a wonderful place. This week's wallpaper comes from a shot in Manhattan on a foggy November night not long after Thanksgiving in 2007. I love the way cities look at night in the fog. Probably since I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and we know about fog. Still, there is something mysterious and haunting about it, but you can't pull your eyes away from the light reflecting in the water droplets of the night sky. I just love how the city skyline is transformed.


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Squash in November

November 18, 2009 by bryan



Squash are wonderful for food, decoration and photography. Their vivid colors and unique shapes are so interesting, I only wish I could enjoy them all year long.

We picked up these beauties from our local farmers market. Apparently you can eat the outside if you roast it right.

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Love Paris

November 11, 2009 by bryan





Paris is a city to fall in love with. So many people from all over the world come to this city and are struck by its beauty. When the time comes to leave, a part of their heart forever remains strolling along the Seine, receiving inspiration from the Louvre and sitting and sipping at a cafe. A piece of my heart is in Paris with dear friends and the rest of my heart longs to return.

This week I put up one of my drawings of the Eiffel Tower (on 2 wallpapers to please both Mazzarellos), that plays like a film strip in my mind. Whenever I desire to relax in a garden or walk through the city, I play this film in my head...and quickly check out plane flight prices. Oh Paris, I will come back soon, I promise.

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London Edifice

November 5, 2009 by bryan




This week's wallpaper comes from an inspiring building in the finance district on London, not far from St. Paul's Cathedral. I just loved the edifice. It seemed so futuristic. I could not wrap my mind around the texture of the building. On closer inspection of the image I am even more intrigued. There are grids and grids inside of grids. Even the windows have grids within.

You never know when inspiration will strike, so it is good to keep a camera with you and always be looking.

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Jazz City

October 28, 2009 by bryan



I love illustrating with pen and ink, intersecting lines at different angles, looking at the spaces in between and vibrant color...and this week I loved combining them all together. When I look at this I think of music flying through streets and between buildings...welcome to Jazz City.

SFMOMA

October 21, 2009 by bryan




This week's wallpaper comes from a spiral staircase at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A couple weeks ago we bought a pass to SFMOMA. Not only is the art great but I really enjoy the physical space and architecture as well.

I loved the delicate light and shade on the walls as I walked down the steps. Luckily I was packing ourNikon D300. Later in Photoshop I added a cool filter for a more soothing desktop wallpaper.

You never know when inspiration will strike, so it is good to keep a camera with you and always be looking.

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Oakland Port

October 13, 2009 by bryan




This week's wallpaper is an homage to the hardworking longshoremen of the West Coast ports. Seems like whatever city we end up moving to we always end up not far from shipyards whether in Long Beach, Seattle or Oakland.

Just think about all the materials and merchandise that flow through the ports, from Apple iMacs to exotic spices. It must be incredibly organized in order to get all those ships unloaded without a major hitch each and every hour. Just think of the scale of the container ships.

I have always been enthralled with the large cranes at the Port of Oakland. I remember my dad telling me that the AT-AT from Empire Strikes Back was inspired by the port cranes. Maybe George Lucas got as excited as me when he drove past the large white cranes working tirelessly at the port.

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Power Lines

October 7, 2009 by bryan




I am often captivated by power lines in our skyline. Some may view them as urban blight or as ugly man made obstruction of our skyline. Sometimes when I look up I am inspired. Our photo archives are full of shots from our travels of power lines. I like how they can frame a scene, buildings, trees or sky.

Of course I am attracted to Piet Modrian's paintings and I probably transfer a bit of his work in mind mind when I view the sky grids. I am also inspired by LA artist, Ed Ruscha. I love his concept of word play and image.

This photo mash up comes from power lines we pass every time we drive the I-5 from the Bay Area to LA or vice versa. Our life has been suspended in this transition many times whether we were living in the greater LA area or Bay Area. Now there is a comfort almost in the scenery like it or not as I have been driving this route since entering college 13 years ago.

This week's wallpaper is an homage to Modrian and Ruscha.

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Watercolor Clouds

September 30, 2009 by bryan

 



This week's desktop wallpaper brings together the worlds of watercolor and clouds, the clouds being combined from a variety of photos we have taken abroad. The hope is that this imagery will cause one to feel inspired while suspended in the airy saturated space.

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Lake Merritt

September 23, 2009 by bryan
 


This week's desktop wallpaper is a tribute to our neighborhood in Oakland, CA. Highlighting our fantastic Lake Merritt, sometimes called the Jewel of Oakland, which brings much refreshment to us urban dwellers here in Oakland.

According to Oakland Parks: "In 1963, the Wildlife Refuge at Lake Merritt was registered as a National Historic Landmark. The nation's oldest wildlife refuge, expanding 140 acres, with a shoreline of 3.4 miles around the lake. "

Also featured is the historic Grand Lake theater, popular for "talkies" since the late '20s. You can also see bay seagulls and the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Here is a great video about the architecture of this building.

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UPDATE: This was a finalist in the I Choose Oakland Photo/Video Contest and featured on KTVU Channel 2 news.

Football Season is Here

September 9, 2009 by bryan



It is that time of year again at last! Autumn is here. With autumn comes leaves, tasty new foods at the farmer's market and football season. We wait all year for this season. It is a season of change and of new promises of holidays right around the corner.


The image this week comes from this past weekend at Cal Berkeley's campus. We spent quite a bit of time at the home opener for Cal Football and also got to see Women's Field HockeyRoll on you Bears.

Just click the image to download the large wallpaper (1920 x 1200 px).

 

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